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Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

People arrested for insulting Tanzania's president

A lecturer at a Tanzanian university was arrested for insulting the country's president John Magufuli. Read more

People arrested for insulting Tanzania's president

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

On 2nd October, the international branch of the human rights group Memorial was designated as a 'foreign agent' by the Justice Ministry of the Russian Federation. Read more

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

On 30th December, a copy of the highly controversial bill was passed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sign into law. Both domestic and international civic groups have called upon President Sisi to decline officiating the bill due to drastic and unnecessary restrictions on independent dissent. Read more

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

On 1st October, at least four protestors were shot dead by security forces in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand while protesting against a land acquisition by a public sector utility NTPC. Read more

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

Draft law presents serious threat to civil society in Egypt

On 8th September, the cabinet approved draft NGO law, aimed at regulating the activities of local and international civil society organisations. Read more

Draft law presents serious threat to civil society in Egypt

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Surveillance of investigative journalist after corruption report

Civil society launched a public appeal after an investigative journalist reported that her phone and social media accounts are being monitored. Read more

Surveillance of investigative journalist after corruption report

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

On 15th August, the Cairo Criminal Court in Zeinhom postponed a ruling on the freezing of assets belonging to the leaders of several of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups. Read more

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

Suppression of civil society continues in Bahrain

A court ordered the dissolution of the opposition political society, Al-Wefaq as many human rights defenders and journalists were arrested and banned for travelling, especially those attending human rights events. Read more