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Prior police permission needed for joggers on Sierra Leone's streets

On 27th July 2017, a public notice signed by Inspector General of Police was issued effectively banning jogging in the streets without prior authorization, stating the grounds of the nuisance that joggers, in large numbers, in the street cause: "menace, raining insults, obstructing traffic, pounding on vehicles, playing loud music and snatching property of other members of the public...". The public notice warned "any group of people now found jogging in the street without authorization will be dealt with according to law". Jogging in recreational areas and on the beach is not subject to the ban. The decision drew indignation, accusing authorities of political reasons for the ban and stifling freedom of expression ahead of the general elections scheduled in March 2017. Local human rights organization Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) has appealed to the Police to find a balance between freedoms and rights and safeguarding safety and security. Read more

Prior police permission needed for joggers on Sierra Leone's streets

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) prepared this update on civic space developments in Kazakhstan between June and August 2017. Major developments covered include: punitive fines in defamation lawsuits over articles critical of the president; pressure on journalists, including a journalist charged with inciting inter-ethnic hatred; the banning of a TV-station linked to the opposition for the alleged dissemination of extremist material; continued threats against the family home of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov; and a court decision prohibiting protests at key locations ahead of the 15th October presidential election. Read more

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election


Croatian journalists face intimidation, harassment and death threats

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, journalists in Croatia can face harassment, threats and even physical violence. In this update, we detail evidence that these barriers to freedom of expression have continued unabated. Read more

Croatian journalists face intimidation, harassment and death threats



Excessive force, protest violence mar G20 demonstrations

Days of protest before and during the G20 Summit in Hamburg were marred by violence and destruction by a minority of protestors, as police took a hard-line approach in attempt to control protestors. Read more

Excessive force, protest violence mar G20 demonstrations

Congolese police disrupt and disperse civil society meeting on human rights

In a press statement, the Congolese human rights organisation Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH) denounced police interference in a citizens' meeting on 'understanding and claiming human rights' organised by OCDH and the civic movement Mouvement citoyenne Ras-le-Bol on 20th May 2017 in Brazzaville. Read more

Congolese police disrupt and disperse civil society meeting on human rights