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Military coup: Clashes at protests and press freedom violations

On 24 January 2022, military officers announced on the state broadcaster Radio Télévision Burkina (RTB) that it had removed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré from office; suspended the Constitution; dissolved the Parliament and government; and closed the borders. The creation of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), the military junta’s executive body, was also announced. Read more

Military coup: Clashes at protests and press freedom violations

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

In April 2022, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced they had initiated a Charter of Rights challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), arguing that a multi-year audit of the charity was tainted by bias and islamophobia. Read more

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

USA: Amazon workers vote for unionisation; courts hold police liable for excessive force

On 19th February 2022, one person was killed and five wounded in Portland at a march to protest police violence. The woman killed was a long-time activist involved in racial justice protests and LGBTQIA+ organising. Read more

USA: Amazon workers vote for unionisation; courts hold police liable for excessive force

Harsh sentences for opposition protesters; journalists and TV programme suspended

Prior to the opening of the African Cup of Nations, which took place from 9 January 2022 to 6th February 2022 in Cameroon, 27 CSOs wrote an open letter to President Paul Biya, calling for the modification of laws that have been used to criminalise protest – in particular the 2014 anti-terror law – as well as for the release of more than 100 people who have been languishing in prison for over a year, and some of over five years, for protesting. Some examples of those detained include TSI Conrad, a young journalist who was arrested while covering protests in the Anglophone regions six years ago and was sentenced by a military court to 15 years in prison; and Dorgelesse Nguessan who was sentenced to five years in prison for attending a Mouvement pour le Renaissance du Cameroun-led protest over how the regional protests were organised. Read more  |  Read in French

Harsh sentences for opposition protesters; journalists and TV programme suspended

Peru: protests over price rises and violence against human rights defenders

On 3rd December 2021, Indigenous Asháninka leader Lucio Pascual Yumanga was found dead with gunshot wounds in the Puerto Bermúdez district, Pasco department. Rising fuel, fertilizer and food costs led transport workers to call for a strike in late March 2022, in protests that soon spread throughout Peru. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: protests over price rises and violence against human rights defenders

Assault on civic freedoms continue in Sri Lanka as an economic crisis hits the country

In recent months activists have been arrested or faced threats and intimidation from the authorities, while journalists have been attacked or faced harassment. The authorities also disrupted gatherings and protests in the North and North Eastern parts of the country. Read more

Assault on civic freedoms continue in Sri Lanka as an economic crisis hits the country

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing

On 1st January 2022, a pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church gatherings in Calgary was arrested again after he attended a protest outside the provincial health minister's home. Read more

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing

Mass protests against increasing insecurity; authorities shut down mobile internet

On 27th November 2021, anti-riot police attempted to disperse, including through the use of tear gas, a protest against increasing insecurity, caused by terrorist attacks, and the "incapacity " of the administration of president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to deal with this violence, in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. Police were massively deployed in the capital to prevent the protesters from gathering at the Place de la Nation. Following the police action, protesters erected barricades and burned tyres in several neighbourhoods of the city, leading to confrontations with security forces. Read more  |  Read in French

Mass protests against increasing insecurity; authorities shut down mobile internet

LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

LGBTIQ+ groups say they have seen an increase in attacks on LGBTIQ+ people since the controversial draconian anti-LGBTIQ+ law, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, was introduced in Parliament end of June 2021 by eight Members of Parliament. As reported previously on the Monitor, the draft law would set high prison sentences for identifying as LGBTIQ+ people and those supporting or advocating for LGBTIQ+ rights – the latter punishable with prison sentences of up to ten years. In November 2021, Ghana's Parliament opened public hearings on the draft law.

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LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp

On 17th and 18th November 2021, new contingents of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrived in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia, where Gidimt’en clan protesters were blocking an access road used by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers. On 19th November 2021, the RCMP raided the protest camp and began to arrest members of the Indigenous community. Read more

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp