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Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Myanmar Raises Freedom of Expression Concerns

9 July 2020. CLD and 12 other organisations have highlighted ongoing concerns with freedom of expression in Myanmar in a Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Myanmar. The UPR process is conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council and involves a review of human rights issues in a given country.  The … Continue reading

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#HoldTheLine: 60 organisations, including CLD, call for support for Maria Ressa and media in the Philippines

9 July 2020. CLD is one of 60 organisations and supporters who have formed a coalition in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines. Ressa is a prominent Filipino-American journalist and founder of the news website Rappler. On 15 June 2020, she was convicted of cyber-libel along with her former Rappler colleague … Continue reading

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Civil Society Statement on Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown

22 June 2020. CLD has signed a civil society statement calling for an end to the shutdown of all mobile internet access in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States. The 21 June marked the first anniversary of the shutdown, now the longest in the world. The full statement and list of signatories is available here. 

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Executive Summary of CLD’s Report on the Right to Information during Health Emergencies in Arabic, English, French and Spanish

16 June 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised challenging new questions about the extent to which States may restrict human rights during public health emergencies.  Some States have chosen to restrict the normal rules governing the processing of requests for information, while others have tried to continue to respond to requests. Those that have introduced … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Right to Information During Health Emergencies

27 May 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has created both significant burdens for governments, as they are called upon to protect citizens’ health and minimise the economic impact of the pandemic, and significant operational challenges, as many staff are working from home. Many States have responded by imposing limits on the right to information while others … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Right to Information Laws Adopted Recently are Weak

6 May 2020. An assessment of two laws adopted recently in Puerto Rico to establish a legal right to access information held by government reveals the laws are very weak, according to an Analysis published today by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). According to the RTI Rating (www.RTI-Rating.org), the two laws – the … Continue reading

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2020 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections

30 April 2020. Today, the specialised mandates tasked with promoting and protecting freedom of expression at the UN, OAS and OSCE launched their annual statement, the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections in the Digital Age. The Joint Declaration, which was drafted with the assistance of the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), … Continue reading

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Join Special Rapporteurs for Online Launch of Joint Declaration

27 April 2020. The special international mandates (special rapporteurs) on freedom of expression will launch their 2020 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Elections in the Digital Age at 09:00 EST (New York time) on 30 April. Join them for this online event by registering here (login information will be provided following registration). “The … Continue reading

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Mauritius: “Fake News” Arrest for Political Satire Not Legitimate

17 April 2020. Rachna Seenauth was arrested on 15 April 2020 for posting a humorous message on Facebook about the Mauritian Prime Minister and the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The arrest was based on the grounds that the post was “false” and hence a breach of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. … Continue reading

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CLD Joins Statement on Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

15 April 2020. CLD has joined the following statement on human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic: A call for human rights oversight of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic Regard for human rights is essential in times of crisis. Human rights principles provide a valuable framework for government action and establish crucial safeguards against abuses. … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Update: Tracking Changes to Right to Information Laws

2 April 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy has added a page to the RTI Rating (containing information about national right to information laws) which tracks the changes that have been made to right to information (RTI) laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.rti-rating.org/covid-19-tracker/). The aim is to provide a central repository of … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Filing of Legal Brief in Contempt of Court Case

17 March 2020. The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has asked for help from experts in determining a number of questions relating to the law of contempt of court and media reporting on ongoing court cases. Late last week, the Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA), with support from the Centre for Law and … Continue reading

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Deadline Extended Until 4 March: Come Work for CLD!

Interested in a career in international human rights? We have extended the deadline to apply for a Legal Officer position at CLD until 4 March 2020, at 11:59 PM. We look forward to receiving your applications. For a full job announcement and instructions on how to apply, see our previous posting. 

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Case Against Germany: No Right to Information Law in Bavaria Breaches Right to Freedom of Expression

19 February 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) has filed a human rights complaint (communication) against Germany with the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The communication alleges that Germany has failed to meet its obligations to respect freedom of expression under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights because … Continue reading

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Interested in an Exciting International Human Rights Career? Come Work With Us!

3 February 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is seeking a Legal Officer to begin as soon as possible. We are looking for a successful, highly motivated person who will work from Halifax, Canada. The successful applicant will be rewarded with exciting legal work, high level representational opportunities and the chance to travel … Continue reading

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Are You a Law Student Interested in International Human Rights? Summer Internship Applications Now Open

6 January 2020. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), an international human rights organisation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will host up to four interns for the summer of 2020. The position will involve a range of substantive legal work in areas such as freedom of expression, media law, digital rights and access to … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Broadcasting Law Delays Undermine Community Radio

6 December 2019. A workshop in Yangon today highlighted the importance of community radio for Myanmar and the challenges facing this sector given the delays in implementing the 2015 Broadcasting Law. Hosted by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists and Myanmar Press Freedom Center, with support from IMS and … Continue reading

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Global Launch of Right to Information Assessment Tool

13 November 2019. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) launched the Right to Information Implementation Assessment: Comprehensive Methodology yesterday through a “Pitch” (project presentation) at the Paris Peace Forum. Our new website hosting the Methodology – www.RTI-Evaluation.org – also went live at the same time. The Methodology was developed and piloted in Pakistan, and … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Draft Right to Information Law Needs Improvement

6 November 2019. The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) welcomes the fact that Zimbabwe is moving forward to adopt a new law on the right to access information held by public authorities or the right to information, to replace the entirely discredited 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). However, an … Continue reading

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Happy International Right to Know Day!

27 September 2019. 28 September, International Right to Know Day, is a day when people around the world celebrate the right to access information held by public authorities. A map of some of the key activities shows the truly global scope of engagement on this day around the world. The Centre for Law and Democracy … Continue reading

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