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Government moves towards inclusion of civil society but capacity of CSOs still a challenge

Since the new government took power in early 2019, associations in Latvia have improved, with an increase in the recognition of CSOs in the last year and an increase in funding. However, CSOs still struggle with capacity. Read more

Government moves towards inclusion of civil society but capacity of CSOs still a challenge

Public sector employees vow to protest restrictive legislation in Canada

Ontario’s four major teachers’ unions announced that they would challenge a recently passed bill that caps public sector employee raises at one per cent per year. Bill 124, passed by the government in November 2019, affects more than a million workers at universities and colleges, hospitals and other groups. Read more

Public sector employees vow to protest restrictive legislation in Canada

Prime Minister Abiy Wins Nobel Peace Prize Amid Tensions

Prime minister Abiy win Nobel Peace prize, Ruling party coalition merges to form singular multi-ethnic party ahead of 2020 elections, HRDs form first HRDs coalition since draconian law and repressive governments between 2006-2018, Sidama people vote to create separate federal region. Read more

Prime Minister Abiy Wins Nobel Peace Prize Amid Tensions

Human rights organisations accuse prosecutors of criminalising community defenders

Human rights organisations of El Savador’s Foro del Agua (Water Forum) have denounced the criminalisation of activists defending the right to water in Tacuba, Ahuachapán department. According to their complaint, two prosecutors have accused community defenders of offences such as aggravated theft without providing evidence, in legal cases that have been technically inconsistent.

Also in this update: protests against gender-based violence and sexual assault, two journalists were attacked by an anonymous account seeking to discredit their work, and El Salvador had its first Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in loco visit in 32 years. Read more

Human rights organisations accuse prosecutors of criminalising community defenders

Journalists and their families continue to face a dangerous environment

Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Mexico City to protest violence against women and girls in the country. In a reference to the country’s traditional Día de los Muertos celebration, the march on 3rd November 2019 commemorated the Día de las Muertas, or “Day of the Dead Women”. Read more

Journalists and their families continue to face a dangerous environment

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

Coarsening online debates stoke concern

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns over the space for freedom of expression have characterised much of 2019. In particular, there has been concern over a perceived increase in pressure on investigative reporters. A recent analysis conducted by Croatia's Office of the Ombudswoman has shown an increase in hate speech on the internet in Croatia. Read more

Coarsening online debates stoke concern

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