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February 2010
Issue: 50

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Brazilian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transvestite and Transsexual Association (ABGLT) LGBT Communication Manual
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Conectas and partners issue recommendations on greater civil society participation in the UN
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Inter American Commission Report on Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela
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International Journal of Civil Society Law Newsletter
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UN and regional intergovernmental orrganisationsí Special Rapporteurs release joint declaration on key threats to freedom of expression in the next decade
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UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenderís Report on Columbia
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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international movement of civil society with members and partners in over a hundred countries. CIVICUS nurtures the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizensí freedom of association are threatened. The Civil Society Watch Programme of CIVICUS seeks to mobilise quick, principled and effective responses to events that threaten civil society fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

EGYPT: Government formally accepts need to amend NGO law and other key recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council
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UKRAINE: Authorities release Belarusian opposition activist after two and a half years
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CIVICUS releases Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights
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CIVICUS condemns denial of freedom of expression to Uzbek photographer
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CIVICUS expresses concern about the legal and political environment for civil society in Turkmenistan to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
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CIVICUS urges depoliticisation of civic space in Nicaragua
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Reflections of the CIVICUS Gender Equality Team on its work and the crisis affecting women today
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BURUNDI: International Crisis Group warns of tensions ahead of elections which could mar fragile democratic environment
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CAMBODIA: NGOs urge government to release draft NGO bill and involve civil society in discussions

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CHINA: High Court upholds jail sentence for dissident intellectual and eminent human rights defender
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CUBA: Prisoner of conscience dies following hunger strike
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EGYPT: Youth activists arrested as part of moves to tighten political space
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INDONESIA: National Human Rights Commission inquiry finds flaws in the trial acquitting senior military figure for the murder of slain human rights lawyer
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IRAN: Prominent human rights defender arrested under questionable circumstances
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Information through internet service disrupted to prevent media from covering opposition activities on Islamic revolution anniversary
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PHILIPPINES: Over 40 community health workers and medical practitioners arbitrarily arrested by elements of the army and police
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Human rights advocates arbitrarily detained in Chechnya
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RWANDA: Journalists sentenced to imprisonment on defamation charges
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UGANDA: 200 LGBT activists attend conference against anti-homosexuality bill
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USA: House of Representatives joins Senate in passing bill to extend Patriot Act provisions
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ZIMBABWE: Members of the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union arrested
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Union leader goes into hiding after police raid
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The CSW team has received quarterly reports from project partners in the Solomon Islands, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, outlining threats to civil society in their respective countries.
Click here to read the reports: Solomon Islands, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

Interview with Marina Rikhvanova and Jennie Sutton of Baikal Environmental Wave, a Russian NGO involved in a long fight to protect Lake Baikal - a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site - from environmental pollution
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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.


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