protestor(s) detained

Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila clings to power

Human rights defender Nicolas Mbiya was arrested on 14th July 2017 outside of his home in Mbuji-Mayi, and is reportedly held by the Agence Nationale des Renseignements (ANR). Mbiya is an activist for the Lutte pour le Changement/ Struggle for Change (LUCHA), a youth civil society movement. He was released This has been the third time Mbiya was arrested in a period of 8 months. Read more

Violence, arrests and killings as President Kabila  clings to power

Crackdown on critical voices intensifies

Chehem, nicknamed Chehem Renard, was arrested on the night of 5th June 2017 by agents of the Service de Recherche et de la Documentation at his home. Blogger Omar Mohamed Nour, better known by his pen name Omar Zohra, was arrested by security agents the following night on 6th June 2017 in his Q7bis neighbourhood. They were held incommunicado in an unknown location and released on 18th June 2017. Read more

Crackdown on critical voices intensifies

Insults, threats and physical attacks against journalists remain a serious concern

A recent spate of attacks against journalists has underscored the worrying decline in respect for freedom of expression. In this update, we document a litany of threats, insults and physical attacks against Croatian journalists for simply carrying out their work. Read more

Insults, threats and physical attacks against journalists remain a serious concern

Peaceful assembly rights undermined by police use of excessive force

Argentinians continue to demonstrate and protest and are met with excessive force by the police. Read more

Peaceful assembly rights undermined by police use of excessive force


Youth activist arrested during a peaceful protest

A youth activist was detained in Fiji during a peaceful protest to commemorate victims of torture. Read more

Youth activist arrested during a peaceful protest

Anti-Temer protesters in Brazil injured in clashes and detained by police

Protests are met with excessive force by security forces in Brazil leaving protestors injured and others detained. Read more

Anti-Temer protesters in Brazil injured in clashes and detained by police



Rights violations intensify ahead of August elections

As the general elections on 23rd August 2017 draws close, restrictions and violations on expression and assembly have increased in the form of legal harassment of journalists and violent disruption of protests. Journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais was indicted on 20th June 2017 for the crimes of 'outrage to a body of sovereignty and injury against public authority' under the Angolan Law on Crimes against State Security and the Penal Code. Read more

Rights violations intensify ahead of August elections