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October 22, 2019

ALERT: Arbitrary Arrests and Police Brutality in Azerbaijan

The World Movement is concerned to learn about the widespread repressive actions taken by the Azerbaijani government in response to peaceful protests on October 19-20, 2019. These measures include arbitrary arrests, police brutality, and an internet and mobile shutdown. Such actions show the government’s flagrant disregard for its citizens’ basic human rights, including the right […]

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October 16, 2019

Call for Opinion: Accountability Lab 2023 Strategy

The Accountability Lab has issued a call for public input on its 2020-2023 strategy “to make governance work for people everywhere by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders, and accountable institutions.” Foremost, the strategy focuses on the necessity for campaigns that support positive narratives and create role-models for youth. It also outlines the utility in strengthening established […]

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October 16, 2019

Mapping Violence against the Philippines’ Environmental Defenders

A recent report published by Global Witness explores violence against environmental activists in the Philippines, which was the most dangerous country for environmental defenders in 2018 with 30 activists murdered for their work. The report finds that attacks were predominantly motivated by the mining, agribusiness, logging, and coal industries. The report alleges that the government […]

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October 16, 2019

Tech Organizations Launch “Digital First Aid Kit”

A new resource called the Digital First Aid Kit aims to help “rapid responders, digital security trainers, and tech-savvy activists” deal with common types of digital emergencies, such as receiving spear phishing attacks, losing access to online accounts, or being impersonated online. The tool walks users through steps to resolve various issues and includes a […]

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October 16, 2019

UNSR Report Underscores Role of Donors in Protecting Peaceful Assembly and Association

On October 15, 2019, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association, Clement Voule, presented a thematic report to the UN General Assembly. The report considers “the impacts of violations to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association on sustainable development.” It emphasizes how civil society is better able to […]

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October 16, 2019

European Court Brings Suit against Azerbaijan for Blocking News Websites

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is bringing a case against the Azerbaijan government for blocking four independent media organizations’ websites, which have been inaccessible since March 27, 2017. The affected media organizations are Meydan TV, Azadliq, Azerbaycan Saati and Turan TV. The government instituted the blocks with the allegation that they contain prohibited material that calls for […]

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October 16, 2019

“Raising Their Voices: How Effective Are Pro-youth Laws and Policies?”

Increasingly, stakeholders in civil society and government recognize that youth inclusion will result in more innovative and inclusive policies. To inform stakeholders on effective youth engagement, a new report published by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) “offers recommendations for funders, implementers and local partners considering the implications of national youth policy […]

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October 16, 2019

Egypt Escalates Crackdown against Human Rights Activists with Abduction and Torture

Since anti-corruption protests began on September 20, 2019, the government of Egypt has arrested more than 3,120 people, including respected civil society leaders and the lawyers defending them. On October 12, 2019, armed plainclothes officers kidnapped Egyptian activist and journalist Esraa Abdelfattah in an escalating crackdown on civil society leaders. Abdelfattah is detained under investigation for “disseminating false news” […]

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October 15, 2019

Journalist Abducted and Tortured in Egypt

The World Movement is outraged by the detention and torture of human rights activist and journalist Esraa Abdefattah and fears gravely for her safety if her detention continues. Abdelfattah was abducted in Cairo by armed plainclothes police officers on October 12, 2019. She is reportedly detained under investigation for “disseminating false news” and “misusing social […]

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October 4, 2019

ALERT: Egypt Targets Human Rights Lawyers

The World Movement for Democracy is deeply disturbed by recent attacks on civil society and human rights legal centers in Egypt, including the arbitrary detention of human rights lawyers and the intentional spread of dangerous misinformation in the media. These actions mark an escalation in the crackdown on civic space in the country, following peaceful […]

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