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Contested elections in Bolivia stir mass protests with violent clashes

Mass protests erupted after the results of Bolivia’s national elections were announced, indicating a first round win for current president Evo Morales. Thousands of people took to the streets contesting the election result and claiming that the process was marred by fraud. Protests and violent confrontations were reported in several cities, with violent episodes of groups of anti- and pro-government protesters clashing.

Several civil society organisations have called for a second round of voting with a view to pacifying the country, and urged an investigation into the alleged electoral irregularities. While the Organisation of American States (OAS) completes an audit of the electoral process, the opposition has vowed to continue mobilising. Read more

Contested elections in Bolivia stir mass protests with violent clashes

Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

This update covers developments concerning freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kyrgyzstan from the beginning of July to the beginning of October 2019. The International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) have prepared the update within the framework of their cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

 Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

Constitutional reforms incite protests in Panama

On 22 October 2019, students and employees of the University of Panama marched to the National Assembly to demand the removal of two articles from a legislative proposal to reform Panama’s Political Constitution. The articles, protesters claimed, would affect the functioning of higher education and reduce universities’ autonomy. Over 10,000 people took part in the peaceful march in heavy rain. On 30 October 2019, in another march, over 50 protesters were detained, among them 6 minors. The police used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators, who in turn chanted, “we are more and we are not afraid”. Read more

Constitutional reforms incite protests in Panama

Solomon Islands government orders probe into civil society for calling on PM to step down

The office of the Prime Minister in Solomon Islands has called for an investigation into a number of civil society groups for calling on the Prime Minister to step down. It has accused the groups of operating illegally and failing to register under the Charitable Trust Act. Read more

Solomon Islands government orders probe into civil society for calling on PM to step down

Activists detained for exercising freedom of expression

youth activist arrested for sharing photos online of President Ismail Omar Guelleh sleeping during an international summit, activist arrested after making a speech on corruption that linked high level government officials in the Djibouti regime, Djiboutian government releases 19 Eritrean Prisoners of War (POWs) who were detained in Djibouti for 11 years Read more

Activists detained for exercising freedom of expression

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

Journalists prosecuted, media outlets suspended

On 23rd September 2019, a court in N'Djamena sentenced journalist and editor for the quarterly Salam Info, Martin Inoua Doulguet, to a prison sentence of three years and a high fine of two million CFA francs (3,390 USD), to be paid jointly with co-accused Abdramane Boukar Koyom, editor of the satirical newspaper Le Moustik. The latter was not given a prison sentence. Read more

Journalists prosecuted, media outlets suspended
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Pro-government collectives continue to reinforce a hostile environment for dissenters in Venezuela

On 16th September 2019, around 400 teachers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Caracas to demand salary increases and the resignation of Minister Aristóbulo Istúriz. Alleged members of pro-government “colectivos” attempted to disrupt the protest, riding into the crowd on motorcycles and firing gunshots in the air. Dressed as civilians, these groups also threw water at demonstrators and beat up teachers who were participating. On 21st September, another attack by colectivos disrupted a demonstration supporting opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

This update covers events from 15th September to 26th September 2019. Read more

Pro-government collectives continue to reinforce a hostile environment for dissenters in Venezuela

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?

This special issue prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), provides an overview reflecting some of the main developments in freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Uzbekistan from April 2018 to October 2019. Read more

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly

civil society critisize new regulations that impose fines on protesters, CSO participate in amendment process for legislation governing political parties and public associations, journalist threatened for documenting a case about the construction of a battery plant in the Brest region, Read more

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly