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Demonstrations repressed in Libreville, protest leaders remain in detention

Tensions continue to increase as presidential elections approach. Demonstrations by the political opposition and civil society were repressed, and journalists were attacked. Read more


Journalists and human rights defenders continue to face risks in Syria

Freedom of expression continues to be seriously violated by all sides and journalists and human rights defenders need urgent protection Read more


New bill to regulate civil society worries local groups

Nigerian civil society is concerned by provisions in a proposed bill to regulate the sector, which could increase scrutiny and surveillance over CSOs. Read more


Journalist shot in Lesotho

Respect for freedom of expression has recently been severely undermined in Lesotho, following blatant attacks on journalists, including the shooting of one reporter. Read more


Police and protestors clash in Yerevan

Police fired tear gas, forcefully broke up demonstrations and arrested sixty protestors following a tense standoff connected to the armed takeover of a police station. Read more


Protest at post-election event disrupted

Four silent protestors were forcibly removed following a silent protest to raise the issue of rape in South Africa. Read more


Suicide Bombing kills 80 during peaceful protest in Afghanistan

On 23rd June, a suicide bombing during a protest in Kabul killed 80 people and injured more than 200. The protest was staged by the Hazara community over a new proposed power line that bypasses the provinces where they live. Read more


Violence during public assemblies in Guinea

Although article 7 of Guinea's constitution guarantees the freedom of peaceful assembly, on 17th and 18th June the military violently suppressed a protest by residents of the city of Mali, who were calling for the departure of Army Colonel Issa Camara. Twenty-two citizens were injured, three of them seriously. Read more


Human rights defenders arrested in Kuwait

Two human rights defenders were recently arrested in Kuwait as the government amends the electoral law to bar anyone convicted of insulting the Emir from standing in national elections. Read more


Pre-emptive arrests curtail peaceful assembly in Kazakhstan

Anti-government protests inspired by the bill on 21st May were refused permission by the authorities. In the preceding days, organisers took to social media to coordinate support but were blighted by a spate of pre-emptive arrests by the state. Read more