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Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila clings to power

Human rights defender Nicolas Mbiya was arrested on 14th July 2017 outside of his home in Mbuji-Mayi, and is reportedly held by the Agence Nationale des Renseignements (ANR). Mbiya is an activist for the Lutte pour le Changement/ Struggle for Change (LUCHA), a youth civil society movement. He was released This has been the third time Mbiya was arrested in a period of 8 months. Read more

Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila  clings to power


Burundi's continuing crisis takes a heavy toll on citizens' lives and freedoms

The situation is Burundi remains dire, with a toxic climate of fear and government repression. A report issued by the International Federation for human rights (FIDH) and six Burundian human right organisations outlines the toll of the crisis that has had Burundi in its grip since April 2015 : over 1,200 people killed, between 400 and 900 enforced disappearances, hundreds to thousands cases of torture and more than 10,000 arbitrary arrests, while more than 400,000 people fled the country to neighboring countries Read more

Burundi's continuing crisis takes a heavy toll on citizens' lives and freedoms

In conflict-ridden Iraq, six journalists killed and many injured in recent months

The environment for journalists and media workers continue to be hostile in Iraq as a consequence of the conflict. Read more

In conflict-ridden Iraq, six journalists killed and many injured in recent months



UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association released its report after an official visit to the USA, where it remarks the situation of those freedoms. Read more

UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

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

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

In this update, we examine key flashpoints which exemplify Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to dismantle freedom of expression restrictions, and describe how civil society is fighting back. Read more

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

Journalist detained for questioning the Minister of Health

Editor of the online news portal Horseed Media, Mohamed Adan Dirir, was arrested without charges on 24th May 2017 in Hargeisa for asking a critical question to the Minister of Health Saleban Isse Ahmed at a press conference. He is currently still in detention, although the Constitution of Somaliland mandates authorities to charge or release suspects within 24 hours of their detention. Read more

Journalist detained for questioning the Minister of Health