political interference

LGBTI activist targeted with extortion and forced to leave home

LGBTI continue to work in a hostile environment, while respect for access to information and freedom of expression is limited. Read more

LGBTI activist targeted with extortion and forced to leave home

Bridenapping case in southern Georgia sparks protests in Tbilisi

The kidnapping and forced marriage of a 17-year old woman in the Marneuli region of southern Georgia sparked protests in the capital, Tbilisi. Read more

Bridenapping case in southern Georgia sparks protests in Tbilisi

Tajik NGOs, journalists and lawyers under pressure in a repressive state

As part of his Central Asia tour, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Tajikistan from 11th to 12th June 2017. Following a meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, Guterres informed journalists that he had discussed human rights issues with the president and had offered to assist with the implementation of recommendations from the country's most recent UN Universal Period Review (UPR), an international assessment of the human rights situation in a country. Read more

Tajik NGOs, journalists and lawyers under pressure in a repressive state

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

An Azeri investigative journalist was kidnapped in Georgia, where he lived in exile since 2015, and brought illegally into Azerbaijan to be handed over to the police. Read more

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

Hostile conditions for Kenyan journalists ahead of August elections

As Kenya prepares for general elections, many independent journalists have been the targets of threats and attacks by both the public and the authorities. The environment for journalists and independent media, as previously reported, has become increasingly hostile. Read more

Hostile conditions for Kenyan journalists ahead of August elections

Local elections marred by irregularities and marginalisation of opposition

The recent elections in communal elections in Cambodia were overshadowed by repression of political opposition. Read more

Local elections marred by irregularities and marginalisation of opposition

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

As previously reported on the Monitor, several states have proposed or approved new legislation curtailing protests and demonstrations. Recently, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1123 into law, increasing penalties for the the following actions: trespassing on “critical infrastructure” and "willfully destroying" or impeding "operations of the facility". Read more

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

Despite international scrutiny and criticism, Turkmen authorities restrict civic freedoms

The human rights situation in Turkmenistan is of serious concern. In its March 2017 review of the country, the United Nations Human Rights Committee - a key international human rights body – adopted conclusions and recommendations echoing civil society's concerns over the ongoing violations of fundamental freedoms. Read more

Despite international scrutiny and criticism, Turkmen authorities restrict civic freedoms

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

On 7th May 2017, several civil society organisations - some under the banner of the group NuPlaha-FreeMoldova - mobilised over 200 people in front of the parliament building in protest over a draft law that would make significant changes to the electoral system. Read more

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

Finland's ranking drops on 2017 World Press Freedom Index

On 18th April 2017, Finland's status as the top-ranked country on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom 2017 Index changed after a five-year period as the leader of press freedom in the world. Read more

Finland's ranking drops on 2017 World Press Freedom Index