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Newspaper editor detained for questioning following "libelous" story on foreign president

On 15 September the senior editor of a newspaper was detained for more than four hours at police headquarters following the publication of a story that was deemed to be “reckless and libelously unbalanced” against President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. Read more

Newspaper editor detained for questioning following "libelous" story on foreign president

Peaceful student protests repressed with tear gas

In August, Police twice used tear gas to violently disrupt student protests. Read more

Peaceful student protests repressed with tear gas

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Security forces in Panama continue to disrupt indigenous protests, using rubber bullets to disperse the gathering, injuring some protestors. Read more

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Surveillance of investigative journalist after corruption report

Civil society launched a public appeal after an investigative journalist reported that her phone and social media accounts are being monitored. Read more

Surveillance of investigative journalist after corruption report

Government rejects repeated police calls for social media ban during elections

The Inspector General of Police reiterated a call for a complete ban on social media during upcoming elections. Read more

Government rejects repeated police calls for social media ban during elections

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

Security forces in Argentina continue to use excessive force against protestors. Read more

Protests dispersed with excessive force in Argentina

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Freedom of expression and media freedom are under major threat in Bangladesh. According to rights group Ain o Salish Kendra 74 journalists were allegedly subjected to torture in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016. Read more

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

On 21st July, in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the National Parliament declared a 3-month state of emergency, giving the Presidential cabinet powers to bypass parliament and enact new laws which restrict or suspend basic rights and freedoms, including the freedom of association. Read more

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

Intimidation of human rights defenders continues in Cuba

Civic space continues to be undermined in Cuba as intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders and activists persists, especially those doing advocacy work in international human rights bodies. Read more

Intimidation of human rights defenders continues in Cuba

8 Human Rights Defenders Languish In Moroccan Jail

On 15th August, 8 prominent Moroccan human rights defenders were sentenced to jail terms of between 4 months and 1 year for their part in a peaceful protest in Sidi Ifini. Read more

8 Human Rights Defenders Languish In Moroccan Jail