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People in the US turn to protest to demand changes to the status quo

As part of a campaign against University of California (UC)’s outsourcing of jobs, thousands of the school’s service and patient care workers held a strike on 13th November 2019. Read more

People in the US turn to protest to demand changes to the status quo

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

On 5th September 2019, hundreds marched in Montevideo to protest the large new pulp mill that company UPM plans to construct in Paso de los Toros, department of Tacuarembó. The march was convened by a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations, the Coordinación Nacional contra UPM (National Coordination against UPM). Read more

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

On 12th October 2019, land rights defender María Digna Montero was murdered at her home in the indigenous and afro-descendent Garifuna community of Cuzuna, Colón department. According to reports, unidentified assailants shot her several times in her backyard and then fled on a motorcycle. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

Journalists and activists targeted as many fear regression of rights following Sri Lankan elections

Over the last two months, journalists have faced harassment, threats and attacks for their reporting while a Swiss embassy employee was detained by unknown persons and interrogated for information around asylum provided to Sri Lankans. Academic and human rights lawyer Kumaravadivel Guruparan has been targeted, while there have been reports of surveillance and intimidation against anti-disappearance protesters. Read more

Journalists and activists targeted as many fear regression of rights following Sri Lankan elections

Activists, lawyers and critics continue to face harassment and defamation charges in Thailand

In the last few months, there has been harassment against activists, lawyers and government critics from both the state as well businesses while the bones of a disappeared ethnic Karen activist were found. A new report by Human Rights Watch documented cases of peaceful critics who have been prosecuted by the government for the last five years and concerns have been raised about a new anti-fake news center established by the authorities. A study finds that SLAPP or strategic lawsuits against public participation are on the rise. Read more

Activists, lawyers and critics continue to face harassment and defamation charges in Thailand

April 2019 legislative elections marred by civic space violations

In the run-up to, during and following the legislative elections several civic space violations took place - including blanket bans on protests, the shutdown of the internet, excessive use of force by security forces, including lethal force, leading to the killing of several people, the shutdown of the internet on election day and arbitrary arrests. Read more

April 2019 legislative elections marred by civic space violations

Courts uphold protections for free expression and assembly

In September and October 2019, three court rulings upheld freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in Canada. On 27th September 2019, a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court allowed reporter Marie-Maude Denis to maintain confidentiality of her journalistic sources. In a separate case, on 4th October 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot arrest lawful protesters for their own protection, in order to prevent violence by others. Also in October 2019, a court official determined that it was improper for an investigator to face legal liability for requesting public information.

This update also details a series of protests on climate, autism and labour, as well as some incidents related to freedom of expression. Read more

Courts uphold protections for free expression and assembly

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?

This special issue prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), provides an overview reflecting some of the main developments in freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Uzbekistan from April 2018 to October 2019. Read more

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?

Constitutional amendment sparks concern about democratic institutions in the Dominican Republic

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow President Danilo Medina to run for a third term sparked protests in the Dominican Republic in June and July 2019. One protest ended with a number of people injured, including a Congressman. On 23rd July 2019, President Danilo Medina announced that he would not go forward with the constitutional reform.

On 18th September 2019, a demonstration in the province of El Seibo ended in violence and police repression, leaving twelve people injured.

In a positive development, on 30th July 2019, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court (TC) declared unconstitutional article 284 of the new electoral regime legislation Act 15-19 (Electoral System Organic Law) which established sentences of 3 to 10 years for those sharing false or denigrating campaigns, or defamatory propaganda, against candidates. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Constitutional amendment sparks concern about democratic institutions in the Dominican Republic