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Justice advocates and government critics continue to feel the heat in Kazakhstan

Following a spate of attacks, harassment and prosecutions Kazakhstan's embattled civil society continues to be targetted for exercising fundamental rights Read more

Justice advocates and government critics continue to feel the heat in Kazakhstan

5,000 face trial for taking part in anti-government protests

In late March 2017, the State of Emergency Command Post announced that 4,996 of a total of 26,130 people detained for taking part in protests will be taken to court, according to state media. Read more

5,000 face trial for taking part in anti-government protests

Omani authorities restrict free expression through censorship and arrests of activists

Freedom of expression continues to be severely restricted in Oman and authorities continue to target human rights defenders, journalists, writers and media outlets. Read more

Omani authorities restrict free expression through censorship and arrests of activists

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

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala

On 3rd May 2017, eight journalists were detained for holding a march to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Read more

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala

Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that on 12 April 2017, journalist Yahya Al-Jubaihi was sentenced to death by a state security court in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis. Read more

Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Media outlets in Uzbekistan continue to operate under close control of the authorities and independent journalists are at risk of severe reprisals for their professional activities. As reported previously the few local independent journalists who contribute information to foreign media outlets, civil society activists and other critical voices are highly vulnerable to intimidation and harassment by the authorities. Read more

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression