prevention of protest

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Several violations of the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression took place during the last few months. Read more

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Bras acquitted

On 6th July, the Provincial Court of Luanda acquitted anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Brás, editor of the newspaper O Crime. Both were charged on 20th June 2017 with 'outrage to a body of sovereignty' and' injury against public authority' under the Law on Crimes Against the State and Penal Code respectively. Read more

Anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Bras  acquitted

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Nobel prize nominee threatened by supporters of a populist party, protests held to push for the end of term for a member of parliament convicted of war crimes, international women's day march held in Belgrade and various instances of harassment of independent media and journalists. Read more

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

On 6th April 2018, a court in Abidjan condemned 18 protesters to 12 days in prison and a fine of 50,000 CFA francs (95 USD) for participating in an opposition protest on 22nd March to demand a reform of the Independent Election Commission. Read more

Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

Opposition figure detained at airport and forcibly deported again

Opposition activist Miguna Miguna was deported from Kenya a second time despite a court order to release him from detention at the airport. Read more

Opposition figure detained at airport and forcibly deported again

Security forces use excessive force during protests: one student killed

On 19th April, police used tear gas to disperse a protest of opposition and civil society, gathering hundreds of people in front of the National Assembly, while a massive deployment of security officers in Dakar aimed to prevent people from gathering. The protest against changes in the Electoral Code and the Constitution, which was due to be debated in the National Assembly that day, was previously banned by prefect of Dakar, using several justifications such as the blanket ban on protests in the city center and threats to the public order. Read more

Security forces use excessive force during protests: one student killed

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Access to certain sites and social media and message applications such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger was, for the second time this year, restricted since 28th March. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), the fresh restrictions happened in the aftermath of a forum on the change of the country's political and administrative institutions, which was boycotted by the opposition. Read more

Access to social media restricted for the second time in 2018

Police detain and beat protestors demonstrating against new laws

Dozens of protesters were detained and beaten in custody after mass demonstrations in Vietnam against two bills on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Cyber Security Read more

Police detain and beat protestors demonstrating against new laws

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Hungary’s right-wing Fidesz Party won a landslide victory for the third time in a row in parliamentary elections held on 8th April. Fidesz regained a two-thirds super-majority in the Hungarian parliament which gives the Party enough votes to make constitutional changes. Read more

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media