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Several arrested during protests

On 24th July 2019, a protest erupted at Serrekunda Market following the death of a vendor, Ousman Darboe, following what was perceived by protesters as due to police brutality. According to media reports, more than a thousand people gathered, with banners saying 'No to police brutality'. The protest turned violent, with protesters reportedly throwing stones at the deployed Police Intervention Unit (PIU), who responded with tear gas to disperse the protesters. The house belonging to the head of the police Anti-Crime Unit was reportedly burned down by angry protesters. A total of 37 people were arrested, including rapper Killa Ace, and were charged on 8 counts, including arson, rioting and unlawful assembly. Read more

Several arrested during protests

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

This civic space update covers mass demonstrations against corruption in Puerto Rico in July 2019, federal immigration policies in the U.S. over July-September as well as protests and counter-protests on multiple issues. It also details a number of incidents related to freedom of expression, including a number of episodes indicating that harassment at border is becoming more common for journalists and activists. Read more

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports persistent repression of dissent in Nicaragua

Despite the negotiations between Nicaragua’s government and the opposition coalition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy), and notwithstanding the release of 56 political prisoners earlier in 2019, the repression of dissent has persisted in Nicaragua. This is the conclusion of the latest report of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the country’s situation, published on 4th September 2019. At the same time, international writers’ association PEN International stated that the repression of freedom of expression in Nicaragua is becoming more acute. Read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports persistent repression of dissent in Nicaragua
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Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, threats against journalists have emerged as a worrying trend in Serbia. In this update, covering August - September 2019, we report state interference in the work of media outlets has also continued unabated. Read more

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

Demonstrations in Egypt: arrests, social media blockage as a response

As previously covered by the CIVICUS Monitor, whereas the new NGO law is an additional concern for civic space in the country, the protests that have been taking place since 20th September 2019 raise further concerns regarding the human rights situation in Egypt, with arrests and use of excessive force documented against protesters. Read more

Demonstrations in Egypt: arrests, social media blockage as a response

Protests against economic austerity met with repression in Ecuador

On 16th April 2019, hundreds of Ecuadorians marched in Quito against the withdrawal of Julian Assange’s asylum status and the austerity measures imposed by the government of President Lenín Moreno. According to reports, as the demonstration neared the presidential palace, they were met with police repression. Police used tear gas, clubs and horses, leaving several people injured.

On 11th April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been granted asylum since 2012. On 13th April 2019, Ola Bini, a Swedish privacy and internet security developer and activist, was arrested at Quito’s international airport as he was about to board a flight to Japan. He was detained for over two months without trial and without clear charge. Read more

Protests against economic austerity met with repression in Ecuador
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Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

On 30th and 31st July 2019, Bolivia’s Unión Nacional de Instituciones para el Trabajo de Acción Social (National Union of Institutions for Social Action Work - Unitas) convened a National Meeting of Rights Defenders. The event sought to outline strategies for collective action in tackling rights restrictions as well as the risks faced by human rights defenders. This report also covers the detention of anti-government demonstrator and a violent protest by bus drivers, as well as reports of intimidation and harassment of two journalists. Read more

Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

Families protest conviction of youth involved in July 2018 protest

family members of protesters who were arrested and detained in July 2018 took to the streets to protest the arrests and detentions, Azerbaijani journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi for ‘filming election fraud’, Supreme Court upheld reportedly baseless charges of tax evasion against journalist Khadija Ismayilova, while journalist is released from prison Read more

Families protest conviction of youth involved in July 2018 protest

Political opponents and human rights activists still being targeted in Cambodia

The CIVICUS Monitor has continued to document judicial harassment and attacks against political opponents since May 2019. Peaceful gatherings around the anniversary of the killing of human rights defender Kem Ley were disrupted with restrictions and arrests while journalists continue to be criminalised for doing their work. Read more

Political opponents and human rights activists still being targeted in Cambodia

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste

In recent weeks, the authorities disrupted a student protest on West Papua and also banned protests around the 20th anniversary of the referendum. There are concerns about efforts to introduce new criminal defamation laws. Read more

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste