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Concerns about proposed Facebook ban in Tonga over anti-monarchy posts

Concerns were raised in August 2019 when a Facebook ban was proposed by Tonga's government. The measure is one of several recommended by a working group established in response to abuse on Facebook levelled at the King by anonymous users. Read more

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Concerns about proposed Facebook ban in Tonga over anti-monarchy posts

Protesters march against gender based violence

Protesters in Cape town marched outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum was happening to protest against gender based violence. In Johannesburg, women gathered and protested in the streets of Johannesburg following the release of the South African Police Service's (SAPS) crime statistics, which revealed that 2 771 women had been murdered in the past fiscal year. Residents of Henley Village in Pietermaritzburg took to the streets to protest against water scarcity, Read more

Protesters march against gender based violence

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

Over the last two months there have been continued reports of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture by the police, a ban on face masks and attacks on protest leaders and journalists. Further, protesters have been targeted by trolls on social media and Apple deleted a protest app. Read more

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Daniela Kravetz, reported that human rights had not improved and expressed regret that the peace deal failed to bring widespread abuse and violations to an end, government dismantles twenty two Catholic hospitals and clinics, allegedly in response to the church’s criticism of President Isaias Afwerki’s rule., A damning report issued by Human Rights Watch in August 2019 found that many Eritreans have spent their entire working lives at the service of the government in either a military or civilian capacity, which has had visible and lasting impact on the rights, freedom and lives of Eritreans, Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

Namibians take to the streets in separate protests

Namibians hold separate protests on various socio-economic issues including employment, police brutality, land and housing, mining and environmental protection Read more

 Namibians take to the streets in separate protests

HRD detained without charge and journalist arrested for disobedience as Cuba increases repression

On 1 October 2019, security agents detained José Daniel Ferrer, leader of opposition group Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Patriotic Union of Cuba - UNPACU). Ferrer was with his four sons when the Cuban special forces detained him and four other activists. The UNPACU leader was held incommunicado for 72 hours, remaining in detention without charge.

On 11 September 2019, authorities arrested independent Cuban journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, after he was convicted of resistance and disobedience for attempting to cover a trial of religious pastors. On 7 October 2019, nineteen independent media outlets published a declaration reporting a wave of repression from the Díaz-Canel government. Since January 2018 to date, the signatory organisations have counted 183 aggressions against journalists, with a noticeable increase in recent months. Read more

HRD detained without charge and journalist arrested for disobedience as Cuba increases repression

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (CoI) concluded in its report, released on 4 September 2019, the existence of a climate of fear and intimidation for those who do not support the ruling party, controversy surrounds the killing of two opposition party members on 11 July 2019, while in police custody, At least one person was killed and 10 others wounded after fighting occurred between members of ruling CNDD-FDD party and those of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) opposition party in Mubimbi commune, CSO PARCEM suspended by government, HRD Germain Rukuki's 32 year sentence upheld by Court of Appeal in his absence, BBC closes office until further notice Read more

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

South Africa issues warrants for two Rwandans in 2014 murder of ex spy chief

Australia's national broadcaster reported that a network of alleged Rwandan spies has been working to suppress dissident refugees in the country, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority issued arrest warrants for two Rwandans accused of murdering Rwandan critic Colonel Patrick Karegeya, who was found dead in his hotel room in Johannesburg in 2014, Syridio Dusabumuremyi, an official of the FDU-Inkingi party had been stabbed and murdered in an attack by two men at a shop where he worked, Rwanda voted in favour of extending the mandate of the United Nations LGBT rights watchdog for another three years at the U.N. Human Rights Council, Supreme Court in Rwanda rejected a challenge to the law created in 2018 which maintains that it is a crime to insult the president, Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, was banned from playing at the Kigali Jazz Fusion festival. Read more

South Africa issues warrants for two Rwandans in 2014 murder of ex spy chief

Former Torture Centre Reopened to Public and Former Inmates

Maekelawi, the infamous police station in the heart of Addis Ababa, was opened for the first time to the public and former detainees, Ethiopia’s parliament passed a new election law ahead of elections scheduled for May 2020- opposition parties however said the changes make it more difficult for them, protests which began against prime minister Abiy Ahmed erupted into chaos and ethnic violence in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region leaving at least 78 people dead, 400 arrested, popular political satire show, Min Litazez was taken off the air. Read more

Former Torture Centre Reopened to Public and Former Inmates

Philippines human rights body launches national inquiry as attacks against activists persist

Over the last few months, critics of the President have been charged with sedition and other offences and journalists have been killed. Further, a anti-fake news bill has been tabled in the Senate which could restrict freedom of expression. Left and indigenous activists have also been killed and there are increasing attacks on lawyers. Read more

Philippines human rights body launches national inquiry as attacks against activists persist