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CIVICUS launches a ground-breaking tool to track global violations of civic space
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CIVICUS unearths significant violations of civic space in 25 of 68 active Open Government Partnership countries
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CIVICUS expresses solidarity with judicially persecuted Egyptian activist
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CIVICUS calls on the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop killing of protestors
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CIVICUS and Consorcio Oaxaca express concern over safety of human rights defenders in Mexico
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CIVICUS and the Colombian Confederation of NGOs condemn attacks on activists
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CIVICUS delivers a statement on violence in South Sudan to the UN Human Rights Council
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CIVICUS article on the need to safeguard civic space
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CIVICUS article on the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States
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CIVICUS article on the heavy price being paid by natural resource governance activists
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ARGENTINA: Indigienista civil society leader remains jailed despite UN request to free her
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BAHRAIN: Well- known human rights defender rearrested on fresh flimsy charges after release
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BANGLADESH: Court bars prominent editor on bail from travelling abroad for urgent surgery
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Tough foreign donations law chokes civil society
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BENIN: Radio and TV stations closed with no prior notice in “arbitrary” action
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CHINA: Foreign CSOs face uncertainty as sweeping NGO management law takes effect
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Activist documenting rights violations forcibly taken by police, whereabouts unknown
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Lone teen protestor beaten and detained incommunicado after calling for independence of Tibet
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CAMEROON: Press freedom under attack as three newspapers are permanently banned and several other suspended
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Call to investigate excessive use of force leading to deaths of protestors
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CANADA: Revenue Agency threatens to deregister environmental group for being “too political”
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COLOMBIA: Concern that new decree could undermine freedom of association
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COTE D’IVOIRE: Newspapers shut down by media regulatory body for “false reports”
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Acts of intimidation against human rights lawyer advocating for the rights of migrant workers
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Human rights activist assassinated after attending UN-related meeting
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ECUADOR: Military deployed against indigenous activists resisting mining project
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Environmental CSO threatened with forced closure by government minister
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EGYPT: Harassment against human rights defender as assets are frozen
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Encryption tool used by journalists and activists blocked
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ERITREA: Special rapporteur calls for UN action following “reasonable grounds” to conclude commission of crimes against humanity
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FRANCE: Extension of state of emergency for an additional seven months risks further human rights abuses
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GAMBIA: Internet and international calls blocked as electorally defeated president clings to power
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GUATEMALA: Another environmental rights activist assassinated
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INDIA: Seven more CSOs refused licences as crackdown on civil society continues
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INDONESIA: Decline in government human rights record noted
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IRAQ: Two journalists killed, ten injured in the ‘most dangerous’ country for journalists
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Independent journalist kidnapped by armed group
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KAZAKHSTAN: Justice ministry attempts to deregister confederation of independent trade union and its affiliates
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KENYA: Funds of international CSO offering electoral assistance frozen
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State-civil society relations worsen
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KYRGYZSTAN: Mounting verbal attacks and surveillance of activists ahead of controversial constitutional referendum to enhance executive power
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LAOS: Call to release information on missing civil society leader four years after his disappearance
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LEBANON: Journalism student arrested and detained for social media post for criticising presidents and national symbol
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Leader of unrecognised union for migrant workers deported
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LIBERIA: Protests on unpaid wages and absent teachers turn violent
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MACEDONIA: CSOs face financial inspections after political threats
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MALAYSIA: Celebrated cartoonist arrested again, harassed repeatedly by police
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MEXICO: Journalist and reporter for radio stations murdered after leaving home
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MYANMAR: Journalist investigating illegal logging murdered
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NEPAL: Bill drawn up to permit cancellation of NGO registration for breaching agreement with government bodies
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NETHERLANDS: Journalists face threats for engaging in debate on black-faced character
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NICARAGUA: Protests against inter-oceanic canal brutally repressed
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NIGERIA: Lethal force by police leads to deaths of ten protestors during religious procession
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NORWAY: Whistle-blower Edward Snowden denied safe passage to collect prize
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OMAN: Freedom of expression violations and judicial harassment of journalists continue
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PANAMA: Environmental activists being targeted with death threats and law suits
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PERU: Host of radio show shot dead during live broadcast
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POLAND: Parliament passes controversial new law to regulate freedom of assembly
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PHILIPPINES: Columnist and publisher of local newspaper killed by motor-cycle borne assailants
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RUSSIA: Journalist threatened for reporting on criminal gang’s activities
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Blogger jailed for criticising military adventure in Syria
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Over 50 CSOs urge release of abducted human rights defenders three years on
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SWEDEN: Sports journalist threatened for writing about alleged doping among Norwegian skiers
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TANZANIA: HIV/AIDS outreach programmes banned in major setback for freedom of association
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Freedom of expression advocate arrested for refusing to reveal identities of bloggers
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THAILAND: New cyber-crimes law reinforces surveillance and censorship
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TURKEY: Online anonymity network and browser subject to nation-wide ban
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Law professor and founder of well-respected CSO arbitrarily detained and judicially harassed
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TOGO: Heavy police presence intimidates protestors seeking to highlight plight of Togolese workers in Lebanon
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Hate speech spikes after Trump victory
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Association for Civil Rights in Israel: Situation Report: The State of Human Rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
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CIVICUS and Publish What You Pay Coalition: Against All odds: The Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice
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CIVICUS: Threats to Civic Space in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Foundation Centre: Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017
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Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, International Service for Human Rights, and FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture: Trial observation report for human rights defenders over tweets
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Human Rights Watch: We’re not the Enemy: Violations of Worker’s Rights in Kazakhstan
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Media Foundation for West Africa: West Africa Free Expression Monitor, July-September 2016
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Paradigm Initiative Nigeria: Digital Rights in Africa Report 2016
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SOS-Torture: Burundi Report Number 51
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BAHRAIN: Jailed blogger freed, to work for remainder of sentence
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BURUNDI: 11 NGOs allowed to reopen following suspension by President Nkurunziza regime
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 19 pro-democracy activists released
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HONG KONG: Veteran editors launch website for defence of press freedom
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INDIA: Court orders government to release Greenpeace funds
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MAURITANIA: Court frees five anti-slavery activists, reduces jail terms for eight others
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NICARAGUA: Vehicles confiscated by police from land rights activist returned
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To commemorate international human rights day, CIVICUS speaks to the chair of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, Faith Pansy Tlakula on the state of human rights in Africa
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CIVICUS speaks to Roselle Rasay of Caucus of Development NGO Networks, the largest umbrella body of civil society organisations in the Philippines on the situation of human rights in the Philippines and the war against drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte
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Angela Mudukuti of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre speaks to CIVICUS about the ramifications of South Africa’s intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court
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Editors: Mandeep Tiwana | Teldah Mawarire

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this bulletin are a reflection of those contained in the original reports to which they are linked here, and are not necessarily those of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.