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'Colourful Revolution' protest leaders demeaned in public

A protest movement held sustained demonstrations against abuse of state power as its leaders were demeaned in public and targetted by counter-demonstrators. Read more


Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more


Large protests met with violence in Baghdad

Peaceful protests that broke out in Baghdad’s green zone on May 20 2016 were met with lethal force by Iraqi security forces, including the use of rubber bullets, live ammunition and teargas canisters. Read more


New law undermines civil and political rights

The Sovereign Security Act seriously undermines freedom of association in Nicaragua. The legislation also restricts the right to peaceful assembly as it gives discretionary powers to the police to prevent or stop any demonstration. Read more


Civil society organisations targetted through break-ins

Civic Space has worsened of late in Uganda as an LGBTI organisation was refused registration, the offices of three CSOs were broken into in the space of two months and to register an LGBTI the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression were heavily restricted during the February 2016 election period. Read more


Joint letter to King of Bahrain on the arrest of Zainab Al-Khawaja

Dear King Hamad,

We, the undersigned Bahraini and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), would like to unequivocally condemn your government’s arrest of human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja along with her infant son. The implementation of Ms. Al-Khawaja’s prison sentence for merely exercising her right to free expression and assembly amounts to arbitrary detention is wholly unacceptable. While Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa indicated an intention to release her, she has not yet been freed from prison and we are concerned that these arbitrary charges remain against her. We therefore call on the Government of Bahrain to secure her immediate and unconditional release. Read more

Joint letter to King of Bahrain on the arrest of Zainab Al-Khawaja