HRD prosecuted

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome

In its June report, the Human Rights Center Viasna noted that the number of arbitrary detentions has decreased in Belarus and attributed the decline in arrests to the fewer number of protests taking place since the widespread crackdown on election-related protests in March. Read more

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome


Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight

The Kazakh authorities continue to restrict civic freedoms and stifle dissent, despite being in the international spotlight during Expo-2017. Read more

Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight


Journalists and activists remain in detention on terrorism charges

Despite the gradual restoration of internet in the two Anglophone regions, many activists, lawyers and journalists who were arrested since the start of the crisis which started with a strike of lawyers in the Anglophone regions of the country in October 2016 are standing trial under the 2014 Anti-Terrorism Law, which carries a maximum sentence of death penalty. Read more

Journalists and activists  remain in detention on terrorism charges

New Russian laws to further limit internet use and curtail freedom of expression

In June, the Russian parliament voted on two laws that will regulate the internet, and further curtail freedom of expression on social media. Read more

New Russian laws to further limit internet use and curtail freedom of expression

Rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests as police break up pride protest

Turkish police used excessive force against a small group of LGBTI protestors, after the authorities banned the annual gay pride parade. Read more

Rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests as police break up pride protest

Authorities continue to harass and intimidate journalists and activists

Zimbabwean police continue to harass and intimidate journalists and human rights activists through interrogations and threats to prosecute. On 20th June 2017 Newsday (https://www.newsday.co.zw/ ) editor, Wisdom Mdzungairi and chief reporter, Everson Mushava were summoned to CID Law and Order section at Harare Central Police Station for questioning over an article they wrote on 21 February 2017. Read more

Authorities continue to harass and intimidate journalists and activists

Tajik NGOs, journalists and lawyers under pressure in a repressive state

As part of his Central Asia tour, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Tajikistan from 11th to 12th June 2017. Following a meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, Guterres informed journalists that he had discussed human rights issues with the president and had offered to assist with the implementation of recommendations from the country's most recent UN Universal Period Review (UPR), an international assessment of the human rights situation in a country. Read more

Tajik NGOs, journalists and lawyers under pressure in a repressive state

Critical voices arrested and protests prohibited in Niger

On 20th May 2017, Ali Idrissa, a coordinator for Publish What You Pay and of Réseau des Organisations pour la Transparence et l’Analyse Budgétaire (Network of Organisations for Transparency and Budgetary Analysis , was detained on grounds of inciting a conspiracy to change the regime. Read more

Critical voices arrested and protests prohibited in Niger