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Deadly repression of protests amid partial internet shutdown in Anglophone Cameroon

Soldiers killed at least eight protesters and wounded many others, during pro-independence protests on 1st October 2017 in different parts of the two Anglophone regions - North West and South West - of the country. Military forces were deployed and security forces used live ammunition and tear gas against protesters, and clashes between protesters and security forces were reported. According to a press release of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (REDHAC) received reports of 30 killings after the use of real bullets and the use of teargas in the run-up to, during the protests on 1st October and afterwards, while some local activists - in conversations with CIVICUS - estimate that the real number is over 100 people killed. The protests were held on 1st October to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the proclamation of Anglophone Cameroon's independence from Britain. The protests also denounced the marginalisation of Cameroonian citizens in the Anglophone regions. In the run-up to the protests, authorities had banned gatherings larger than four people, businesses were shut down and the freedom of movement of citizens was severely restricted in the two regions. The government also closed the border with Nigeria. Read more

Deadly repression of protests amid partial internet shutdown in Anglophone Cameroon

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

On 16th and 17th September 2017, human rights groups, consisting of survivors, victims of past human rights abuses and human rights defenders organised a seminar in the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) office. While discussion mainly focused on addressing human rights atrocities committed during the 1965-1966 massacres, the meeting also aroused suspicion within Indonesian society for its political motivations. Read more

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege

A year on from the failed coup in July 2016, the seemingly unending decline in Turkey's civic freedoms continues without pause. As detailed in this update, the prolonged use of emergency laws has enabled the Turkish authorities' campaign to eradicate independent civil society. Read more

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege

Police detain NRM protesters in Gothenburg

On 28th September, the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) organised a far-right demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Approximately 600 NRM supporters turned out to demonstrate, facing off with counter protesters. Police reported several injuries when police clashed with NRM protesters who tried to take another route that had not been previously approved for the march by a Swedish court. Police reported two injuries and 60 detained. Read more

Police detain NRM protesters in Gothenburg

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand

The prosecution academics after conference in Chiang Mai has prompted an outcry from domestic and international civil society groups. In July, organiser Dr Chayan Vaddhanaphuti along with Pakawadee Veerapatpong, Chaipong Samnieng, Nontawat Machai, and Thiramon Bua-ngam were summoned by authorities after the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies held from 15th to 18th July 2017. Read more

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand


Activist Santiago Maldonado - allegedly a victim of enforced disappearance

During a protest in the province of Chubut, activist Santiago Maldonado was reportedly the victim of enforced disappearance. Read more

Activist Santiago Maldonado - allegedly a victim of enforced disappearance

Use of live ammunition by security officers during protests

On 16th August, a young man was killed and 12 others wounded during a large opposition demonstration in Conakry, which mobilised between 500,000 and 700,000 protesters, according to numbers by the opposition. The victim, 21-year-old Thierno Hamidou Diallo, "was shot in the chest by a law enforcement officer while sitting on the balcony of his apartment in Bambéto”. According to the minister who expressed regrets on behalf of the security forces, the alleged shooter, a police captain, was arrested and "immediately placed at the disposal of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police". Additionally 6 protesters were detained. Alouine Tine, regional director for West and Central Africa of Amnesty International said: Read more

Use of live ammunition by security officers during protests

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

During this period, UN human rights bodies announced two important, precedent-setting decisions with respect to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in Kazakhstan. At the same time, the pattern of criminal prosecution of critical voices continued, with charges of economic crimes, “incitement” of discord and defamation being used for retaliatory purposes. One outspoken social media user continued to be held in psychiatric detention, while one activist fled the country due to pressure. New, restrictive draft legislation affecting the activities of media and religious communities were under consideration, and authorities continued to interfere with the rights of residents to peacefully gather and voice concerns. Read more

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

Protests and arrests as the president mulls amending age limits in constitution

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ruled for more than 30 years now, creating a situation in which critical voices and opposition political parties operate in an environment of fear and repression. As 72-year old Museveni attempts to extend his rule over the country by abolishing age limits for presidents to campaign and be elected, civic groups and the opposition have mobilised to counter the president's plans to potentially prolong his hold on power. The authorities and police, in turn, have reacted with severe suppression of such actions, meetings and mobilisations perceived as a threat to Museveni's continued reign. Read more

Protests and arrests as the president mulls amending age limits in constitution