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Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

After the deadly crackdown on protests on 31st December 2017, Comité laïc de coordination (CLC) close to the Catholic Church organised other protests after mass on 21st January and 25th February, both of which were brutally repressed by security forces. Read more

Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

Journalists denied access to police courts

In April, Ugandan journalist were denied access to a police court that was expected to hand down a ruling on charges against a former police commander . In March , the court declined to grant an application by human rights activist Stella Nyanzi seeking dismissal of the criminal charges against her. Authorities dropped charges of against the artist David Mugema and producer John Muwanguzi, for a song allegedly calling for President Yoweri Museveni to retire. Read more

Journalists denied access to police courts

Wave of attacks against HRDs and journalists continues unabated

Attacks against human rights defenders and journalists continue in Colombia, despite the peace process. Just in March, organisations documented 8 attacks against social leaders. Read more

Wave of attacks against HRDs and journalists continues unabated

Activists report: "Repression is getting worse and worse" in Mauritania

Groups combating slavery and human trafficking in Mauritania face persecution, as Boubacar Messaoud, president of SOS Esclaves, one of Mauritania's oldest anti-slavery groups told Thomson Reuters: "The repression is getting worse and worse". Read more

Activists report: "Repression is getting worse and worse" in Mauritania

Residents protest police shooting using barricades and their bodies to block roads

A few protests took place in Jamaica to demand proper police operations when dealing with criminal activities. Read more

Residents protest police shooting using barricades and their bodies to block roads

Political commentator kidnapped in broad daylight - creating climate of fear for media

On 17th March, unidentified armed men abducted political commentator for STV’s Pontos da Vista, human rights lawyer and activist was as he left the offices of the Union of Journalists in Maputo. De Salema was hours later found severely beaten and unconscious in the Mutanhane area in the outskirts of Maputo. Both his legs and his left arm were broken as a result of the attack. He received threatening calls the day before. De Salema has been critical towards the government, the Sunday before the attack he strongly criticised the restructuring of the hidden debts and called for the resignation of the Finance Minister during the Pontos da Vista programme.

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Political commentator kidnapped in broad daylight - creating climate of fear for media

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison

Freedom of expression continues to be threatened in Oman and internet activists and writers have been targeted in recent weeks. Most recently, human rights groups have called for an investigation into the death of detained Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham whose case was previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor. Al-Basham died on 28 April 2018 while serving a three-year sentence in Samail Central Prison. Read more

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

As we recently reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during the 'Land Day' or 'Great March of Return' protests has left at least 28 people dead and 1,600 protesters injured. A number of journalists have been targeted while covering the recent protests in Gaza. Read more

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election

A few days before the presidential elections, two European organisations involved in election monitoring were declared 'undesirable', namely Germany's European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and Lithuania's International Elections Study Centre. Read more

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election

Mass arrests during protest around death in custody of Islamic school director

Police in Asmara arrested and detained hundreds of people after the burial of Haji Musa Mohamed Nur, who died in custody in early March 2018. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has raised concerns about the authorities complete denial of reality on the appalling state of press freedom in Eritrea. Read more

Mass arrests during protest around death in custody of Islamic school director