prevention of protest

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Chadian media regulator High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) ordered, on 30th August 2018, the closure of the weekly newspaper Al-Chahed for a period of three months on grounds of 'plagiary' and 'spreading false news'. The charges go back to the newspaper's article 'Who is behind the Chadian rebel forces in the north?', claiming that both Qatar and Sudan are linked to the rebels in northern Chad. Read more

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

CSOs: reject general amnesty in peace negotiations

In a statement and during a press conference on 24th August 2018, five Central African and international organisations have asked to not include a general amnesty as part of the political dialogue with armed groups to end the violence Read more

CSOs: reject general amnesty in peace negotiations

Protests demanding justice for the murder of two teenagers in 2017 continue

Several protests took place in Georgia, one of them demanding justice for the murder of two teenagers 2017. Read more

Protests demanding justice for the murder of two teenagers in 2017 continue

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon: citizens targeted

Violence and human rights violations in the ongoing conflict between armed separatist in the two Anglophone and government forces have reached unprecedented levels in the past few months. According to the International Crisis Group, at least 400 civilians in the Anglophone regions were killed in the last year, besides 170 military and police officers, and hundreds of separatists. A particularly worrying development in the conflict is the targeting of the population by both government forces and separatists, the forming of pro-government militias and criminal small groups, said the conflict watchdog. Read more

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon:  citizens targeted

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Four of the five Filimbi activists who have been in detention since December 2017 for mobilising citizens for the 31st December 2017 protests, as reported previously on the Monitor, were sentenced to one year in prison on 25 September 2018. Carbonne Beni, Grâce Tshionza, Cédric Kalonji and Mino Momponices were found guilty for the charges of insulting the Head of State, undermining the internal security of the state and publishing and distributing subversive writings. Earlier on 17 August 2018, the Public Prosecutor requested a three year prison sentence for the five activists. Read more

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

In August 2018, a fact-finding mission report on Myanmar found that violence and human rights violations, including in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states, “are fuelled by the silencing of critical voices by the Myanmar authorities”. Read more

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

Authorities threaten human rights group with legal action for publishing report

On 30th July 2018, the Ligue Togolaise des Droits de l’Homme (LTDH; Togolese League of Human Rights) presented their report "La répression et la torture contre le changement démocratique" (The Repression and Torture against Democratic Change), outlining human rights abuses related to the anti-government protests between 19th August 2017 and 20th July 2018, in Lomé. Read more

Authorities threaten human rights group with legal action for publishing report

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

Coalition of African Lesbiansis stripped of its observer status at the African Commission, under instructions from the AU, while several marches and protests are reported during this period. Read more

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR