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Antiterrorism laws further threaten civic space in Senegal

On 25th June 2021, Senegal’s National Assembly passed two draft laws, modifying the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, with the aim of “reinforcing the fight against terrorism”, but they contain problematic and overly broad provisions which could affect civic freedoms negatively. Opposition and civil society groups have denounced the adopted laws as an attempt to limit opposition and to restrict the right to protest Read more  |  Read in French

Antiterrorism laws further threaten civic space in Senegal

US Supreme Court issues rulings on freedom of expression and association

On 1st July 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s law requiring non-profits to identify their large donors with the state. By a vote of 6-3, the court ruled that the law subjected donors to potential harassment, chilling their speech in violation of the First Amendment. Read more

US Supreme Court issues rulings on freedom of expression and association

Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

On 15th and 16th May 2021, over 6 million people in Chile voted in the election of 155 members of the Constitutional Convention, the body responsible for drafting a new Constitution for the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

In June 2021, alleged criminal groups threatened to kidnap, rape, torture and murder Flor Mizrachi Ángel, an investigative journalist who uncovered a clandestine COVID-19 vaccination scheme in Panama. Read more

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

Widespread anti-government protests across Cuba

On 11th July 2021, thousands of people joined spontaneous anti-government protests in at least 20 cities across Cuba. News outlets reported that these were the largest demonstrations seen in the country in decades. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Widespread anti-government protests across Cuba

Despite UN concerns Sri Lanka continues to detain critics, arrest protesters and entrench impunity

Violations of civic freedoms in Sri Lanka have persisted in recent months including the ongoing detention of activists, harassment of journalists, attempts to criminalise “fake-news” and a crackdown on peaceful protest under the guise of dealing with COVID-19. Read more

Despite UN concerns Sri Lanka continues to detain critics, arrest protesters and entrench impunity

Twitter banned, proposed Press Council Act amendments further restrict freedom of expression

On 4th June 2021, Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced an indefinite suspension of all operations of social media platform Twitter in the country on grounds of the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension followed the platform’s deletion of a tweet by - and a 12-hour suspension of the Twitter account of - Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari days earlier Read more

Twitter banned, proposed Press Council Act amendments further restrict freedom of expression

Lawyer assaulted following corruption report, protest disrupted and journalists attacked in PNG

A lawyer was assaulted by police officers in Port Moresby following a report he made on corruption, while a protest against sexual harassment by female students in the University of Papua New Guinea was disrupted and journalists attacked. Read more

Lawyer assaulted following corruption report, protest disrupted and journalists attacked in PNG

Concerns about crackdown on protests, press freedom and lack of accountability in the Maldives

Over the last few months, a crackdown on protests has been documented, at times under the pretence of curbing the pandemic, with cases of arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force. There has been a lack of progress in bringing the perpetrators of the killing of blogger Yameen Rasheed and the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan to justice. A leading human rights group is challenging its arbitrary de-registration and has raised concerns about the Maldives President influencing the ongoing judicial process. Despite progress, there continue to be concerns about press freedom. Read more

Concerns about crackdown on protests, press freedom and lack of accountability in the Maldives

Canada: Police restricts press access to environmental protests

On 30th April 2021, Canada’s federal government passed back-to-work legislation that essentially ended a strike by Montreal dockworkers, who had been protesting changes to their work schedules which they describe as unfair. Read more

Canada: Police restricts press access to environmental protests