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"Black Thursday": at least 50 killed in protests against extension of military transitional period

On 20th October 2022, dozens of people were killed in protests across the country against the decision of the military junta to extend the transitional period by another two years. Civil society actors and opposition, including the platform Wakit Tama and opposition party Transformateurs, had called for the protests on 20th October 2022 - the day that would mark the end of the initially agreed 18-month transition to civilian rule. On 19th October 2022, authorities banned the protests saying organisers had not complied with legal provisions related to protests, adding that the protest "aims to create a popular and armed insurrection with the support of external forces in order to destabilise the country". Read more  |  Read in French

"Black Thursday": at least 50 killed in protests against extension of military transitional period

Protesters continue to face arrest, excessive force in Sri Lanka as new UN resolution maintains international scrutiny

Over the last month, protesters have continued to face excessive force – including tear gas and water cannon - from security forces. Dozens have also been arrested. Activists such as Lahiru Weerasekara have also continued to be picked up. A regulation to restrict protest was introduced and then revoked after massive criticism from civil society groups. Tamil activists and journalists continue to face harassment. Read more

Protesters continue to face arrest, excessive force in Sri Lanka as new UN resolution maintains international scrutiny

Journalists threatened and attacked; HRD detained; protest banned

In a statement by the social movement Balai Citoyen on 5 September 2022, member of their national coordination, Ollo Matthias Kambou, also known as Kamao, was abducted by unknown individuals. In a later statement, the social movement confirmed that Kambou had been detained by gendarmes. Although the motives for the arrest remain unclear at the time of writing, they might be related to his comments during a broadcast by Radio Oméga. The activist participated in a special programme organised by the radio station to evaluate the military authorities since the military coup of 24 January 2022. Read more  |  Read in French

Journalists threatened and attacked; HRD detained; protest banned

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

On 17th August 2022, police officers attempted to prevent a civil society protest from taking place in Luanda. The protest, organised by dozens of CSO's, aimed to protest irregularities in the electoral process for the upcoming general elections on 24th August 2022. Groups of protesters, spread out on the planned itinerary of the protest, were dispersed by police officers. Dozens of protesters, including VOA correspondent Coque Mukuta, were reportedly arrested. Read more

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Amnesty International issued a statement on 7 July 2022 regarding reports that at least seven human rights defenders and one cyber-activist had faced death threats as a result of exposing human rights violations in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon – Northwest and Southwest regions – where clashes and violence have been taking place between government security forces and separatists since 2017. Over 6,000 people are estimated to have been killed, while over 765,000 people have been displaced in the conflict.

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HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Front National pour la Défence de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, civil society groups and trade unions, called for protests on 28th and 29th July 2022 in Conakry to demand more transparency in Guinea’s transition, as coordinated by the military junta. Protests also called for the establishment of an inclusive framework for dialogue. According to news reports, the military junta deployed the armed forces to maintain public order during the demonstrations, and security forces reportedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, while protesters responded by throwing stones and burning tyres. Some of the protests turned into violent clashes between protesters and security forces, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Bambèto, Sonfonia and on the route Le Prince, and which led to casualties, injuries,and dozens of arrests. Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Dozens of protesters arrested in women's 'Black Monday' protest against high fuel prices and cost of living

n the past few months, several protests have taken place in Sierra Leone over the increasing cost in fuel prices and overall economic hardship in the country.

On 4th July 2022, dozens of protesters were arrested during a women's protest in Freetown, dubbed as the 'Black Monday' protests. According to police, protests also took place in Lungi, Port Loko, Mile 91 and Magburaka. Hundreds of women took to the streets to protest the high cost of living, economic hardship, and economic policies in the country. Prices for fuel and basic goods have increased sharply in Sierra Leone in the past few months as a result of the global crisis, while inflation stood at 17.5 percent in February 2022, creating economic hardships for many citizens. Read more

Dozens of protesters arrested in women's 'Black Monday' protest against high fuel prices and  cost of living

USA: thousands demonstrate to demand gun control legislation

In May and June 2022, tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the country to demand gun control after a wave of deadly mass shootings. On 11th June 2022, protesters turned out to more than 450 rallies nationwide, with the D.C. event of the March for Our Lives drawing thousands of demonstrators. Read more

USA: thousands demonstrate to demand gun control legislation

Malaysian police continue to harass protesters and activists and criminalise online expression

In recent months the police have hauled up scores of protesters to be questioned for demonstrations related to the war in Ukraine, police accountability, the death penalty, workers’ rights and judicial independence. The government has also continued to use the Sedition Act, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) and other legal provisions to arrest individuals for online speech including an environmentalist, graphic artist and writer. The government has also failed to take effective action to protect Rohingya activists from threats and has detained activists for blocking a forced eviction. Read more

Malaysian police continue to harass protesters and activists and criminalise online expression

USA: Massive protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court opinion affecting legal abortion rights

Sparked by a leaked Supreme Court opinion that indicated the court would end access to legal and safe abortions, thousands demonstrated in several cities in May 2022 to demand that their right to access healthcare not be infringed. Outside the Supreme Court in D.C. and in other cities, people took to the streets on 3rd May 2022 to protest the potential decision by the country’s highest court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Read more

USA: Massive protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court opinion affecting legal abortion rights