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Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

Protesters were shot dead, dozens were injured as a result of use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month. At least 816 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations. Read more

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms


Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December

On 5th December 2018, Minister of Territorial Administration Payadowa Boukpessi banned all protests in the streets during the duration of the electoral period on grounds of "very high risk of severe disturbance of public order". Despite the general ban issued by authorities, opposition protests went ahead in Togo's capital Lomé and in other cities throughout the country, with several people killed during protest-related violence between 8th and 1oth December 2018. Read more

Opposition protests turn deadly ahead of elections on 20th December
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Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

Journalist assaulted, opposition protests banned and dispersed

On 29th November 2018, journalist and managing editor of malimedias.com, an online news outlet, El Hadji Hamidou Touré was assaulted and threatened by the secretary general of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR), Colonel Abdoulaye Makalou, on 29th November 2018. Read more

Journalist assaulted, opposition protests banned and dispersed
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Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

On 27th November 2018, an audio was leaked through social networks in which the General Police Commander Faustino Mendoza speaks about the surveillance of messages from journalists and politicians. Read more

 Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Three Femen protestors interrupted a march by supporters of Spanish dictator Franco in November 2018. Read more

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Four humanitarian NGO workers, who had been providing assistance to refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos, were released on bail on 4th December 2018. They still face serious charges, including espionage and people smuggling, which could result in jail sentences of up to 25 years. Read more

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India