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Russian authorities continue to curtail freedom of religion

In April 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia labelled the work of the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Centre "extremist activity". According to the court decision, all property of the organisation would be confiscated by the state. In response, the Jehovah's Witnesses community has appealed the decision. Read more

Russian authorities continue to curtail freedom of religion

Palestine’s cyber-crime law infringing on civic space

Many within Palestinian civil society consider the cyber crime law approved by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on 24th June 2017 a violation of civil and political rights. Several of the articles in the law infringe upon freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and privacy rights; therefore, Palestinian civil society groups have called on the PNA to suspend the law and organise public debates to find mutually-agreeable amendments to it. Read more

Palestine’s cyber-crime law infringing on civic space

More than 100 detained during protests, including 15 journalists

Over 100 people were arrested on 31st July 2017 in relation to the protests, organised in several cities throughout the country, by citizen movements to demand the publication of the electoral calendar from the CENI - the independent national election commission - and therefore the holding of elections. Protests have been banned for a year through orders, circulars or simple declarations. According to the organisers, the assemblies were in some localities prevented by heavy police presence, and in other localities repressed by security forces such as the use of tear gas and live ammunition in Bukavu, resulting in several injured according to civil society organisations. Protests took place in Goma, Bukavu, Kinsasha, Lubumbashi, Butembo, Mbandaka and Béni. Read more

More than 100 detained during protests, including 15 journalists

Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

Civic space restrictions continue in Iran with human rights defenders and journalists facing prosecution and detention. Read more

Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

A series of peaceful demonstrations took place in between May and August 2017, to demand jobs, service delivery and against corruption. On Friday 26th May 2017, a cross section of Ghanaians staged a peaceful demonstration in Accra, organised by radio station Adom FM, to protest the rising levels of corruption within the government and public services. Protesters delivered a petition to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) demanding an investigation of persons engaged in acts of corruption, and to recover the stolen funds. The leaders of the protest also gave the EOCO 310 supporting documents, and promised to stage another protest within three months if the EOCO did not heed their request. Read more

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

Armed gunmen abduct journalist as Yemen conflict rages on

Journalists and human rights activists continue to be subject to human rights violations. Read more

 Armed gunmen abduct journalist as Yemen conflict rages on


Singer and journalist arrested for insulting the president

In the tense political atmosphere surrounding the legislative elections on 30th July, singer Amy Collé Dieng and journalist Ouleye Mané were arrested for uploading and sharing content 'insulting' President Macky Sall on social media. Read more

Singer and journalist arrested for insulting the president

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes

Changes to the electoral system within the constitutional reforms have caused particular concern among some in Georgian civil society. Read more

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes

Two journalists face ongoing judicial harassment in Niger

Mr. Ali Soumana, journalist and publisher of weekly Le Courrier, was detained on 29th June 2017. He is accused of 'obtaining judicial documents through fraudulent means' under the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison if found guilty. Soumana published a document from the prosecution that relates to a five year legal dispute between the State of Niger and the Lebanese company Africard on a breach of contract for biometric passports. The charges under the Penal Code violate Niger's 2010 Press Law which de-penalizes press offenses, and guarantees the confidentiality of sources in its article 16. Soumana experienced judicial harassment before: in June 2016 he and owner of Le Courrier Moussa Dodo were detained for 10 days and received a three months suspended sentence. Read more

Two journalists face ongoing judicial harassment in Niger