Category: Freedom of expression

  • Report – Analysing Civic Space in East Africa through a judicial lens

    Report – Analysing Civic Space in East Africa through a judicial lens

    For the past years, civic space has been described as “shrinking” in many countries around the world. The adoption of restrictive laws, the harassment of journalists, the arrest and detention of human rights defenders, the suspension of activities or freezing of accounts of civil society organisations, are common tactics used by states to restrict civic…

  • No to the introduction of “malicious undermining of State authority” in the Belgian Penal Code

    No to the introduction of “malicious undermining of State authority” in the Belgian Penal Code

    ASF joins more than 500 signatories from associations, universities, the judiciary and civil society in warning of the danger of the introduction in the new Belgian criminal code of the offence of malicious attack on the authority of the State.

  • East Africa – Protecting civic space: A public interest litigation approach

    East Africa – Protecting civic space: A public interest litigation approach

    In 2022, ASF’s East Africa office launched a project covering three countries in the region: Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. The objective of the project is to contribute to the advancement of the rule of law through the understanding and usage of regional human rights treaty bodies, mechanisms and instruments by local civil societies organisations.

  • ExPEERience Talk #11 – Decriminalising poverty, status and activism: a global emergency, an international campaign

    ExPEERience Talk #11 – Decriminalising poverty, status and activism: a global emergency, an international campaign

    This 11th ExPEERience Talk will be devoted to the Campaign for the Decriminalisation of Poverty, Status and Activism. Several of its members will present its history and how it operates. They will discuss the challenges encountered and the opportunities presented by the networking of a multiplicity of actors to tackle a global and systemic issue…

  • The campaign to decriminalise poverty, activism and status

    The campaign to decriminalise poverty, activism and status

    The Campaign for the Decriminalisation of Poverty, Status and Activism, launched in Africa, South Asia, North America and the Caribbean, is led by a coalition of civil society organisations calling for the revision and repeal of laws that target people because of their status (social, political or economic) or their activism. In many countries, criminal…

  • ASF’s Euro-mediterranean regional hub

    ASF’s Euro-mediterranean regional hub

    In 2018, ASF launched a regional hub in the Euro-Mediterranean region, based in Tunis, with the aim of pooling resources and strengthening and harmonising its action in the region. The innovative aspect of the regional office is to fully assume the historical, economic, political and cultural links that exist between the two shores of the…

  • ASF’s annual report is available!

    ASF’s annual report is available!

    Avocats Sans Frontières is delighted to present its latest annual report. Our teams offer a seriers of articles about our field work on detention, transistional justice, business & human rights, communities of practice, our advocacy work, etc.

  • 600 days after Article 80 : From the state of exception to the establishment of autocracy

    600 days after Article 80 : From the state of exception to the establishment of autocracy

    The Alliance for Security and Liberties (ASL), of which ASF is a member, has published its fifth report on the rule of law and the state of freedoms in Tunisia. Begun in the aftermath of President Saïed’s coup de force on 25 July 2021, ASL’s quantitative and qualitative monitoring and analysis of the events, decisions…

  • Egypt: concerns about the detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly

    Egypt: concerns about the detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly

    ASF and the International Association of Young Lawyers are deeply concerned about the detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly in Cairo, since his arrest last week. Both organisations call for the respect of the freedom of the legal profession in Egypt. Mr. Adly is a prominent human rights lawyer and director of Lawyers Network…

  • Voices from Kinshasa (2/3): “My goal: to live in a country without injustice”

    Voices from Kinshasa (2/3): “My goal: to live in a country without injustice”

    Defending the rights of victims of injustice and exercising one’s fundamental freedoms remains a challenge in DR Congo. Faced with an often failing legal system and, at times, intimidation, men and women still pursue an ideal: to live in a fairer world. Second of three interviews: journalist Nathalie Kapela, specialised in covering justice matters.