positive CS development

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the High Court in Swaziland struck down the country's notorious Suppression of Terrorism Act (STA) and the long outdated 1938 Sedition and Subversive Activities (SSA) Act.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

Government takes action to combat hate speech as thousands protest in Helsinki

The Finnish authorities are increasing resources devoted to policing hate crimes, as an estimated 15,000 people took to the streets of Helsinki to reject intolerance and racism. Read more

Government takes action to combat hate speech as thousands protest in Helsinki

Another community radio reporter assassinated in Oaxaca

On 13th September 13th Agustín Pavia, a teacher, lawyer and radio announcer for Radio Zapote, was killed.

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Another community radio reporter assassinated in Oaxaca

Panama Papers scandal marks watershed for investigative journalism in Mongolia

Recent events have highlighted a need to foster a culture of independent investigative reporting in Mongolia. Read more

Panama Papers scandal marks watershed for investigative journalism in Mongolia

LGBTI organisation enjoys more space following registration

LGBTI organisation LeGaBiBo held a public book launch that was well attended as the government deported a pastor accussed of making viscious verbal attacks on Botswana's gay community. Read more

LGBTI organisation enjoys more space following registration

Court decision in Belize a victory for LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Belize ruled that criminalising consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex is unconstitutional. This decision came after a long legal battle by LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco . Read more

Court decision in Belize a victory for LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco

LGBTI Defender Repeteadly Attacked In Tunisia

LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi was repeatedly physically assaulted as a result of his work advocating for the LGBTI community. Read more

LGBTI Defender Repeteadly Attacked In Tunisia

Torture, abduction and ethnic violence continue in Sri Lanka

In early June Velauthapillai Renukaruban a British-Sri Lankan visiting his family home in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka, was abducted by security forces. Sinhalese and Tamil students clashed at Jaffna University, in Northern Sri Lanka leaving 10 people injured and forcing the campus to close for two weeks. Police, military intelligence services and troops from the military special task force were all reported to have been deployed, sparking fears of further harassment by the state forces of Tamil student activists. Read more

New regulations for civil society as threats continue against Italy's journalists

Reforms were passed on 18th June which could improve registration processes for CSOs; while journalists in Italy continue to face physical attacks, death threats and denial of information requests. Read more

Government strengthens cooperation with civil society organisations

Costa Rica is strengthening cooperation with CSOs, and largely respecting the right to peaceful assembly and expression.

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