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CIVICUS and partners submitted 9 country joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions in advance of the 28th UPR session
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CIVICUS and partners wrote to Zambia’s authorities asking the persecution of activists to stop
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CIVICUS article says international civil society can push back against closing civic space if they change their approach
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CIVICUS article says the annulment of Kenya’s election could set a precedent for African civil society
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CIVICUS and partners release a statement expressing concerns over raids on Ugandan NGOs
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CIVICUS urges Madagascar to drop charges against environmental activist falsely accused of impersonation
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BAHRAIN: Family of prominent human rights defender sentenced to prison in reprisal
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BANGLADESH: Three NGOS told to stop relief aid to Rohingya due to “security concerns”
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BELARUS: Protest leader sentenced to 10 days in jail for calling on supporters to join unsanctioned protests
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BURUNDI: Radio station suspended and licenses of four media outlets revoked
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BURKINA FASO: Peaceful protest banned
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CAMBODIA: Ministry ups scrutiny of NGOs
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CAMEROON: Three journalists charged with criminal defamation
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Internet blackouts in English-speaking regions to stifle protests
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Police halt opposition demo in solidarity with Anglophone regions
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Political activist receives 25-year jail term from military court
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CHINA: Activist may have been tried in secret for subversion
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Human rights activist detained incommunicado
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DJIBOUTI: Protestors demanding jobs injured by police who used live ammunition
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EGYPT: As state further cracks down on protests, new law to penalise individual views on the cards
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Human rights lawyer arrested on eve on departure to give evidence at United Nations of rights violations
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EL SALVADOR: Investigative journalists receive death threats after reporting on death squads
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ERITREA: 28 protestors killed in protest unrest
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ETHIOPIA: Protestors killed as forces clash with protesters in Oromia
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FRANCE: New security law further restricts civic freedoms
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HONDURAS: Change in Criminal Code a threat to free assembly
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Cameraman killed after receiving death threats
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HONG KONG: Movement leader released on bail for 2014 protest
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Thousands of pro-democracy supporters protest in Hong Kong over use of courts to pursue opponent
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IRAN: Human rights defenders face increased repression
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IRAQ: Journalist attacked during live coverage of Parliament session
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KENYA: Protest banned ahead of controversial election
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MALDIVES: Broad powers proposed for proposed new media regulator
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MALTA: Prominent investigative journalist killed after death threats were sent to her
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MOROCCO: Trial opens for protest leader who lead massive demonstrations
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NEPAL: Human rights activist accused of witchcraft and assaulted
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NIGER: Civil society activists arrested during protest
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OMAN: Supreme Court ruling closes newspaper forever”
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PAKISTAN: Registrations of 3250 NGOs cancelled
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POLAND: Police raid offices of women's groups after protests
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RUSSIA: Lawmakers approve first reading of law that will bring bigger Internet censorship
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Court rules that Russia violated Right to Free Expression and must pay activist
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SOMALILAND: Journalist jailed for 18 months after corruption articles
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SOUTH SUDAN: Media organisations suspended for failure to register with state
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SPAIN: Police violently disperse self-determination protests
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SYRIA: Assassination attempt on life of activist while making human rights film
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Human rights lawyer and his assistant jailed
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TANZANIA: Activists arrested at workshop for “promoting homosexuality”
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NGO suspended for 'promoting' gay marriage
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Activist interrogated over citizenship
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TOGO: Anti-president protest ramped up despite beatings endured by protestors
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UGANDA: Police launch fierce crackdown on protests against presidential age limit
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Journalists charged with “Offensive Communication” over article on Presidential limit age
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One protestor killed in deadly protest clashes
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Police probe three NGOs over funding
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UNITED STATES: Withdrawal from UNESCO is a blow for press freedom
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UZBEKISTAN: Plea for release of jailed independent journalist
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VENEZUELA: Journalists and media outlets censored and attacked during regional elections
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ZIMBABWE: Ahead of election, NGOs accused of facilitating regime change, threatened with ban
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Amnesty International: ‘No one can protect you’: Bahrain’s year of crushing dissent
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European Union: Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016
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IFEX: Attacks, abuses of power and shrinking civic space: MENA in September
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KASE: Shrinking Space for Civil Society in the Horn of Africa: the Legal Context
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CHINA: Activist released after serving three year jail sentence for subversion charge
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 4 activists released after 75 days in jail
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EGYPT: Irish national released after four years unlawfully detained in an Egyptian prison
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Missing persons’ activist reunited with family after abduction two years ago
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THAILAND: Defamation charges dropped against Amnesty International chairperson
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UZBEKISTAN: Environmental rights defenders released two years ahead of schedule
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ZIMBABWE: Activist pastor acquitted of inciting violence, but treason charge remains
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CIVICUS speaks to Zambian human rights defender McDonald Chipenzi on the situation of democracy after the expiry of a three month Threatened State of Emergency invoked by the President.
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CIVICUS speaks to KEPOMEY Koffi Dela Franck of the non-governmental organisation Concertation Nationale de la Societé Civile au Togo about recent protests in the country over presidential term limits
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CIVICUS speaks to Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a broad, inclusive campaign focused on mobilising civil society around the world to promote the negotiation of a global nuclear weapon ban treaty.
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CIVICUS speaks to Horace Levy, the director of Jamaicans for Justice, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance and improvements in state accountability and transparency.
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CIVICUS speaks to Elizabeth Biney, a researcher with South African NGO My Vote Counts on a court case they recently won that compels political parties to publicly reveal their sources of funds
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CIVICUS speaks to Ramiro Orias, a Bolivian lawyer and human rights defender with the Due Process of Law Foundation a Bolivian CSO aimed at promoting citizen participation process for the strengthening of democracy and equal access to plural, equitable, transparent and independent judicial institutions.
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CIVICUS speaks to governance specialist Paul Okumu on the election re-run in Kenya, the announcement by the main opposition that it will not contest the poll and what this means for the country’s democracy.
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Editors: David Kode | Teldah Mawarire

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