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Freedom of expression under threat in the UAE

Human rights defenders continue to be targeted for exercising their legitimate right to freedom of expression Read more

Freedom of expression under threat in the UAE

Journalists and activists remain in detention on terrorism charges

Despite the gradual restoration of internet in the two Anglophone regions, many activists, lawyers and journalists who were arrested since the start of the crisis which started with a strike of lawyers in the Anglophone regions of the country in October 2016 are standing trial under the 2014 Anti-Terrorism Law, which carries a maximum sentence of death penalty. Read more

Journalists and activists  remain in detention on terrorism charges

Civil society speaks out against new draft bills targeting NGOs

On 10 July 2017, two new draft bills, No. 6674 and No. 6675, were introduced in parliament and which would replace the disclosure requirements for anti-corruption NGOs with new reporting requirements. Under the new draft bills, all NGOs would be obliged to follow more extensive reporting requirements, including providing detailed information on donors, expenses and employee salaries to the State Fiscal Service. Read more

Civil society speaks out against new draft bills targeting NGOs

Despite de-escalation agreement, civic space under severe threat in Syria

Attacks against the media continue in Syria with many journalists killed and injured during the first semester of 2017 Read more

Despite de-escalation agreement, civic space under severe threat in Syria

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

On the evening of 23rd June 2017, officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces killed human rights defender Irumba Erasmus, coordinator of the activities of the Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (TLC) in Rwebisengo District, and his friend Vide Kanyoro in an extra-judicial killing. Read more

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

Journalist and trade unionist charged with defamation for criticising an arbitrary arrest

Trade unionist Marcel Libama, strategic advisor for the confederation Dynamique unitaire and leader of the union Conasysed (Convention nationale des syndicats du secteur éducation) was arrested on 15th June 2017 in Tchibanga, on charges of defamation. Read more

Journalist and trade unionist charged with defamation for criticising an arbitrary arrest

Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila clings to power

Human rights defender Nicolas Mbiya was arrested on 14th July 2017 outside of his home in Mbuji-Mayi, and is reportedly held by the Agence Nationale des Renseignements (ANR). Mbiya is an activist for the Lutte pour le Changement/ Struggle for Change (LUCHA), a youth civil society movement. He was released This has been the third time Mbiya was arrested in a period of 8 months. Read more

Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila  clings to power

Burundi's continuing crisis takes a heavy toll on citizens' lives and freedoms

The situation is Burundi remains dire, with a toxic climate of fear and government repression. A report issued by the International Federation for human rights (FIDH) and six Burundian human right organisations outlines the toll of the crisis that has had Burundi in its grip since April 2015 : over 1,200 people killed, between 400 and 900 enforced disappearances, hundreds to thousands cases of torture and more than 10,000 arbitrary arrests, while more than 400,000 people fled the country to neighboring countries Read more

Burundi's continuing crisis takes a heavy toll on citizens' lives and freedoms

In conflict-ridden Iraq, six journalists killed and many injured in recent months

The environment for journalists and media workers continue to be hostile in Iraq as a consequence of the conflict. Read more

In conflict-ridden Iraq, six journalists killed and many injured in recent months