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Appeals Court orders retrial in foreign funding case

On 5th April, an appeasl court revoked the convictions of 16 defendants in the Foreign Funding Case. Read more

Appeals Court orders retrial in foreign funding case

Concerns over free expression rights and censorship emerge during abortion referendum

A number of instances during the campaign to relax Ireland's abortion laws led civil society groups to raise concerns that artistic freedom was being unduly restricted. Read more

Concerns over free expression rights and censorship emerge during abortion referendum

Protection measures granted due to grave risks faced by activists at protests

On 21st May, the IACHR granted precautionary measures to 13 leaders of a student movement and their families due to risks they have faced. The Commission noted that the activists have been attacked when participating in protests as well as in other civic activities, such as food distribution and health care during demonstrations. Read more

Protection measures granted due to grave risks faced by activists at protests

State restricts protest on disability benefits

The Polish authorities took measures to restrict the visibility of a 40-day long protest by parents of people with disabilities. Read more

State restricts protest on disability benefits

Opposition figure detained at airport and forcibly deported again

Opposition activist Miguna Miguna was deported from Kenya a second time despite a court order to release him from detention at the airport. Read more

Opposition figure detained at airport and forcibly deported again

President Weah submits bill to repeal certain limitations on free expression

Newspaper Front Page Africa is facing a 1.8 million USD civil defamation lawsuit for publishing an advertisement on land administration back in March. On 9th April, summons were delivered at the newspaper's offices, and court sheriffs temporarily shut down the newspaper and briefly detained seven of the newspaper's journalists. Owner of Front Page Africa Rodney Sieh declared to CPJ that he and the newspaper have been subject to harassment on social media prior to the lawsuit for the newspaper's critical reporting. Read more

President Weah submits bill to repeal certain limitations on free expression

Security forces use excessive force during protests: one student killed

On 19th April, police used tear gas to disperse a protest of opposition and civil society, gathering hundreds of people in front of the National Assembly, while a massive deployment of security officers in Dakar aimed to prevent people from gathering. The protest against changes in the Electoral Code and the Constitution, which was due to be debated in the National Assembly that day, was previously banned by prefect of Dakar, using several justifications such as the blanket ban on protests in the city center and threats to the public order. Read more

Security forces use excessive force during protests: one student killed

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Access to certain sites and social media and message applications such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger was, for the second time this year, restricted since 28th March. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), the fresh restrictions happened in the aftermath of a forum on the change of the country's political and administrative institutions, which was boycotted by the opposition. Read more

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison

On 26th April 2018, human rights defender Germain Rukuki was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The charges against him have been condemned by UN experts as “evidently linked to his work in defending human rights.” In the run-up to the referendum, the National Communication Council (NCC) also restricted what few independent media outlets were still accessible in the country Read more

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison