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June 27, 2019

Egypt Disappears Housing Rights Activist Ibrahim Ezz El-Din

The World Movement for Democracy is gravely concerned to learn about the forced disappearance of Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, the head of the housing rights program at a human rights law firm based in Cairo, Egypt. On June 12, 2019, Ibrahim Ezz El-Din was reportedly arrested on his way home from work in Cairo’s Mokattam neighborhood. […]

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June 20, 2019

#SetThemFree Updates

Nicaragua On June 10, 2019, the government of Nicaragua began releasing dozens of political prisoners, including individuals featured in #SetThemFree—Amaya Coppens, Irlanda Jerez, Miguel Mora, and Lucia Pineda. The government has promised to pardon all political prisoners by June 18, 2019, with the passage of a new amnesty law. However, the law also pardons human […]

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June 20, 2019

Last Call: Apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship

Applications for the Hurford Youth Fellowship, hosted by the World Movement for Democracy, will be accepted through July 1, 2019. Through the program, two young activists will spend four months at the World Movement Secretariat office in Washington, D.C. Fellows will expand their global network, learn lessons from others involved in democracy movements around the […]

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June 20, 2019

Russians Stand in Solidarity with Journalist

On June 7, 2019, Russian authorities arrested investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on multiple drug-related offenses, in what many believed to be an attempt to silence his anti-corruption work. In the days following, journalists, civil society activists, celebrities, and everyday citizens raised their voices in support of Golunov. Although non-approved protests are banned in Russia, an […]

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June 20, 2019

Equatorial Guinea Case Study: Combating Kleptocracy through International Courts

A new working paper authored by Tutu Alicante, executive director of EG Justice, explores how civil society can use international courts to pursue justice in cases of kleptocracy. The paper, titled “To Catch a Kleptocrat: Lessons Learned from the Biens Mal Acquis Trials in France” and published in partnership with the International Forum for Democratic […]

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June 20, 2019

Zimbabwe Targets Civil Society Leaders

The World Movement condemns the recent detention of seven civil society leaders in Zimbabwe, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the rights of Zimbabwean citizens and civil society members. The individuals were arbitrarily charged with “subverting a constitutionally elected government” for attending a workshop on non-violent protest in the Maldives. These arrests directly violate […]

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June 12, 2019

UNSR Report: FoAA in Digital Space

On June 12, 2019, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association, Clement Voule, published a report discussing the effects that digital technologies have had on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association. According to the report, digital technologies such as social media platforms and artificial intelligence have created new spaces for individuals […]

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June 3, 2019

Zimbabwe Targets Civil Society Leaders

The World Movement condemns the recent detention of seven civil society leaders in Zimbabwe, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the rights of Zimbabwean citizens and civil society members. The individuals were arbitrarily charged with “subverting a constitutionally elected government” for attending a workshop on non-violent protest in the Maldives. These arrests directly violate […]

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May 16, 2019

Call for Applications: Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty is accepting applications for the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship until June 2, 2019. Through the fellowship, aspiring journalists from countries with repressive media environments will have the opportunity to develop journalistic skills, participate in editorial discussions and decisions, and undertake a personal project. The fellowship “also features workshops on journalistic practices and tools; discussions […]

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May 16, 2019

Positive Outcome from Panama Election Process

From May 2-5, 2019, La Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Democracia (REDLAD) and their partner Transparencia Electoral participated in a mission to observe Panama’s recent presidential elections. Ahead of election day on May 5, REDLAD representatives had the opportunity to meet with civil society organizations and government representatives to discuss recent electoral reforms. […]

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