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Turkmenistan: The state reinforces propaganda campaigns following rumours of the president’s death

This report reviews the protection of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Turkmenistan from the beginning of July to the beginning of November 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) have prepared the report as part of their cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Turkmenistan: The state reinforces propaganda campaigns following rumours of the president’s death

Freedoms under attack with legislation restricting protests and hostility toward journalists

In September and October 2019, there were protests across the U.S. calling on leaders to address climate change while some states have been considering legislation that would criminalise protests near certain infrastructure sites, including oil pipelines - which are often contested by climate and indigenous rights activists. This update also details protests on refugee & immigration policy, education, police brutality and pro- and against President Trump. In the 'Expression' section, incidents of harassment of journalists show an increasingly hostile environment for the press in the U.S. Read more

Freedoms under attack with legislation restricting protests and hostility toward journalists

Secret agreement with Brazil on Itaipú Dam prompts political crisis in Paraguay

Several demonstrators took to the streets to express their discontent after details of negotiations between Paraguay and Brazil related to the shared hydroelectric facility Itaipú were leaked in late July. In secret, representatives of both countries reached an agreement that many Paraguayans believe would be detrimental to the country’s interests. The controversial deal unleashed a political crisis that has resulted in the resignation of several senior officials.

In this period, a LGBTQ march was attacked by anti-rights protestors and Paraguayan Interior Minister began enacting a new policy to disrupt on protests that block circulation. Several journalists were injured in a protest by taxi drivers. Read more

Secret agreement with Brazil on Itaipú Dam prompts political crisis in Paraguay

Activists in Malaysia facing various forms of harassment from authorities

In past few months, human rights activists Sevan Doraisamy and Rama Ramanathan faced harassment, including being taken in for questioning for speaking up and criticising the authorities. Activist Maryam Lee is being investigated by the Islamic authorities because of her writing. The courts have also failed to protect women’s rights group Sisters in Islam from being deemed “deviant’ by the Islamic authorities. Read more

Activists in Malaysia facing various forms of harassment from authorities

Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

This update covers developments concerning freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kyrgyzstan from the beginning of July to the beginning of October 2019. The International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) have prepared the update within the framework of their cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

 Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

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?

Positive developments for the NGO sector

Inga Aksamitauskaitė, project coordinator at NGO Information and Support Center, spoke with the CIVICUS Monitor to highlight the accomplishments for the NGO sector in 2019. Read more

Positive developments for the NGO sector

Repression of peaceful assembly has become a pattern in Honduras

In September 2019, Hondura's police forces repressed protests against a housing project near La Tigra National Park as well as a demonstration by opposition party Libre. Two women HRDs documenting repression at La Tigra were subjected to intimidation attempts. In a separate development, on 22 September 2019, the police detained land rights defender María Concepción Hernández and charged her with usurping land. The complainant, Jorge Cassis Leiva, is a landowner reported to have repeatedly harassed and threatened the residents of Playa Blanca in the Zacate Grande peninsula.

In this period, one journalist was killed and another threatened at gunpoint. In a positive development, on 29 August 2019, Honduras’ National Congress announced the decision to remove articles on “crimes against honour”, such as defamation, libel and slander, from the new Criminal Code. Read more

Repression of peaceful assembly has become a pattern in Honduras

Human rights abuses against Crimean Tatar Community members continue

According to reports, on 27th August 2019 a court in Crimea issued a decision releasing Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov from detention. Read more

 Human rights abuses against Crimean Tatar Community members continue

Protests against economic austerity met with repression in Ecuador

On 16th April 2019, hundreds of Ecuadorians marched in Quito against the withdrawal of Julian Assange’s asylum status and the austerity measures imposed by the government of President Lenín Moreno. According to reports, as the demonstration neared the presidential palace, they were met with police repression. Police used tear gas, clubs and horses, leaving several people injured.

On 11th April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been granted asylum since 2012. On 13th April 2019, Ola Bini, a Swedish privacy and internet security developer and activist, was arrested at Quito’s international airport as he was about to board a flight to Japan. He was detained for over two months without trial and without clear charge. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protests against economic austerity met with repression in Ecuador