prevention of protest

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
French

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
French

State continues to undermine the right to protest and expression

According to the newspaper La Prensa, new cases of attacks against journalists and independent media outlets have been recorded since the last report. Read more

State continues to undermine the right to protest and expression

Media regulator HAC suspends several media outlets

National media regulator Haute Autorité de la communication (HAC), created in February 2018 to replace the National Council of Communication, suspended several media outlets in the past few weeks.The most severe sanction was given to France 2, which was suspended on 22nd August 2018 from broadcasting programs in the country for a period of one year. Read more

Media regulator HAC suspends several media outlets
French

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

According to a new report by civil society group Athan, released on 18 October 2018, freedom of expression under the National League for Democracy-led government is worsening despite initial hopes of improvement. On 12th November 2018, Amnesty International announced that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, Read more

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

Police in Hungary are already using a restrictive new law to ban protests

On 1st October 2018, a new law on the administration of public assemblies came into force, and was quickly applied by Hungarian police. Read more

Police in Hungary are already using a restrictive new law to ban protests

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

In this special edition update, we cover some key developments in Turkey over the past few months. Covering the period from April - September 2018, we detail the worrying constriction of civic freedoms. In particular, we note the use of restrictive legislation to harass, detain and prosecute dissidents and activists. Read more

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

Opposition protests: two people killed

On 16th October 2018, one person was killed by live ammunition, reportedly fired by the anti-crime brigade, during a two-day 'ville morte' protest action organised by the opposition. The protest action took place in Conakry on 15th and 16th October 2018 to denounce what opposition calls the manipulation and corruption in the installation of municipal councils by the ruling party Read more

Opposition protests: two people killed

Civic space violations following contested presidential elections

In the run-up to the announcement of the election results on 22nd October 2018, several civic space violations took place, including the banning of protests and gatherings, the arrest of journalists and internet restrictions. Read more

Civic space violations following contested presidential elections