positive CS development

A step closer to justice for killing of Tongan LGBTIQ+ rights activist

On 4th September 2021, the man accused of causing the death of Tongan LGBTIQ+ rights activist Polikalepo "Poli" Kefu pled guilty. Inoke Siolongo Filivaolelei Tonga was arrested and charged with Poli Kefu's murder in May 2021. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court and will be sentenced on 6th October 2021.
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A step closer to justice for killing of Tongan LGBTIQ+ rights activist

National Assembly approves controversial ‘Separatism Bill’, massive protests opposing #PassSanitaire

On 23rd July 2021, France’s National Assembly approved the controversial ‘Separatism Bill’ (also known as ‘projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République’), by 49 votes to 19, with 5 abstentions. The bill has serious consequences on the right to freedom of association. Following the passing of the bill, , La Coalition pour les libertés associatives coordinated the submission of an ‘external contribution’ to the Constitutional Council, which gave the bill the green light. In another development, which cracks down on environmental activists, a new bill appears to respond to growing acts of civil disobedience related to consequences of air traffic on the climate. In the fourth week of successive protests against France’s new “health pass”, almost a quarter of a million people took to the streets across 180 cities to oppose the latest extension of the controversial pass. During these protests, journalists and media outlets were “targeted, harassed, intimidated and insulted". Related to freedom of expression, two journalists from Mediapart, Lénaïg Bredoux and Edwy Plenel, were spied on via NSO software installed on their smartphones. Read more  |  Read in French

National Assembly approves controversial ‘Separatism Bill’, massive protests opposing #PassSanitaire

Paraguay: workers from various sectors take to the streets in Asunción

On 10th August 2021, thousands of rural workers, teachers, medical workers and truck drivers staged protests in the streets of Asunción. While demonstrating on the same day, the different labour groups expressed their own demands to the Mario Abdo Benítez government. Read more

Paraguay: workers from various sectors take to the streets in Asunción

Brazil’s civic space in dispute amid democratic backsliding

Brazil’s institutional crisis has expanded as President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to undermine trust in the electoral system and embarks on disputes with the Federal Supreme Court. Read more

Brazil’s civic space in dispute amid democratic backsliding

Nurses strike over pay; environmental protest halts construction

Nurses in Denmark continue their strike against the proposed wage increase of 5.02 per cent over three years. In a positive development, a protest staged by climate activists over construction on a urban natural area was successful in temporarily halting the construction. Read more

Nurses strike over pay; environmental protest halts construction

Peru: polarised elections lead to protests and attacks on journalists

On 28th July 2021, Pedro Castillo of left-wing party Peru Libre was sworn in as president of Peru following six weeks of uncertainty around the country’s elections. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: polarised elections lead to protests and attacks on journalists

More than 200 days without funding for Slovenian Press Agency; attempts to block funds for NGOs

Slovenia took over the EU Council rotating presidency on 1st July 2021. The start of the Presidency also coincided with Slovenia being placed on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist, marking a rapid decline in civic space. The latest concerns include attempts to curtail access to funding for NGOs and the ongoing blockage of funds to Slovenia’s public press agency, STA, threatening its survival. Read more  |  Read in Slovenian

More than 200 days without funding for Slovenian Press Agency; attempts to block funds for NGOs

Prominent HRD Germain Rukuki released

Human rights defender Nestor Nibitanga released; Germain Rukuki’s conviction overturned and released; lawyer Tony Germain Nkina sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of one million Burundian francs (approximately US$ 500); main opposition party CNL raise concerns over the alleged abductions of party members; National Communication Council (CNC) lifted the ban on the BBC and a local news website, Ikiriho Read more

Prominent HRD Germain Rukuki released

The Gambia adopts Access to Information Law

On 1st July 2021, Gambia’s National Assembly adopted the Access to Information (ATI) Bill, which is currently waiting for the President’s assent. The ATI Bill in the Gambia was a result of close collaboration between civil society – organised through the CSO Coalition on ATI – and government departments. Read more

The Gambia adopts Access to Information Law

Enabling CSO strategy and protest for murdered journalist

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted in June 2021 the Draft of the National Strategy for Promoting Civil Society Development 2021-2026. The public debates on the document were launched in 2020. According to the CSO Meter, the new National Strategy defines four strategic objectives and aims to create favourable conditions for developing Ukrainian CSOs, charitable foundations and self-organisation bodies. The document comes with a new principle that underlines the necessity to consult civil society experts regarding each decision about their activity. Read more

Enabling CSO strategy and protest for murdered journalist