Seychelles - Overview

Current civic space concerns in the Seychelles include the dominance of government voices in the media, the occasional use by security forces of excessive force, along with associated abuses that can include torture, arbitrary detention and long periods of detention, and reported judicial corruption and a lack of judicial independence. While the Seychelles has a National Human Rights Commission, there are civil society doubts about its functioning, resourcing and autonomy, and both the Commission and the Ombudsperson office are perceived by many as being too close to the government and insufficiently active in protecting rights.