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Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

In early April 2017, a Malawian court convicted eight Tanzanian civil society activists on charges of spying and trespassing. Read more

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

As reported extensively on the CIVICUS Monitor, since October 2016 a wave of citizen action has swept through South Korea Read more

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

High Court of Arusha upholds freedom of association

A judge in Arusha dismissed a legal challenge to suspend elections to the council of the Tanganyika Law Society. Read more

High Court of Arusha upholds freedom of association

Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya

As we previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society's independent operation have been increasingly restricted. In this update, we evidence the continuation of Kenyan authorities' crackdown on critical civic groups as the country moves closer to the August 2017 elections. Read more

Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya

Court cancels two prison sentences as authorities still target HRDs

Although activists welcomed the revocation of the sentence against online activist Hassan Al-Basham and the suspension of the prison sentence of writer Hammood Al-Shukaily, many other activists and journalists continue to be targetted. Read more

Court cancels two prison sentences as authorities still target HRDs

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech

On 16th October, supporters and opponents of the "anti-Islamization" and anti-migrant PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) assembled in Dresden to mark the group's second anniversary. Read more

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech

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

Swazi civil society welcomes the repeal of draconian legislation

On 16th September, the High Court in Swaziland struck down the country's notorious Suppression of Terrorism Act (STA) and the long outdated 1938 Sedition and Subversive Activities (SSA) Act. Read more

Swazi civil society welcomes the repeal of draconian legislation

Court denies request to censor documentary on Papua New Guinea

An Australian court denies a claim for an injunction by a Papua New Guinea politician against her appearance in a documentary depicting the demolition of a community in Port Moresby.
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Court denies request to censor documentary on Papua New Guinea

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Conditions continue to be difficult for civil society organisations in Pakistan, with those involved in human rights monitoring or those critical of government facing forced closure. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group