violent protest

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

EU condemns threats and intimidation of opposition, HRDs and journalists

The EU Parliament adopted a resolution on 14th September condemning "the constant threats, attacks, use of force and severe restrictions and intimidations faced by the opposition, human rights defenders and journalists in Gabon". Read more

EU condemns threats and intimidation of opposition, HRDs and journalists

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

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"

In recent months, there have been reported cases of the government cracking down on independent media outlets, critical voices and journalists. Read more

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"

President Sirleaf submits bill to decriminalise press offenses

On 20th July, President Sirleaf submitted a bill to parliament to decriminalise press offenses, in particular, libel. Entitled “An Act to Amend the Liberian Codes Revised, Penal Law of 1978”, the bill is expected to be passed before the general elections in October 2017. Read more

President Sirleaf submits bill to decriminalise press offenses

One woman killed and many injured during "Unite the Right" demonstration

United the Right rally resulted in many people injured and one woman killed when a car crashed into the crowd. Read more

One woman killed and many injured during "Unite the Right" demonstration

More than 100 detained during protests, including 15 journalists

Over 100 people were arrested on 31st July 2017 in relation to the protests, organised in several cities throughout the country, by citizen movements to demand the publication of the electoral calendar from the CENI - the independent national election commission - and therefore the holding of elections. Protests have been banned for a year through orders, circulars or simple declarations. According to the organisers, the assemblies were in some localities prevented by heavy police presence, and in other localities repressed by security forces such as the use of tear gas and live ammunition in Bukavu, resulting in several injured according to civil society organisations. Protests took place in Goma, Bukavu, Kinsasha, Lubumbashi, Butembo, Mbandaka and Béni. Read more

More than 100 detained during protests, including 15 journalists

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

A series of peaceful demonstrations took place in between May and August 2017, to demand jobs, service delivery and against corruption. On Friday 26th May 2017, a cross section of Ghanaians staged a peaceful demonstration in Accra, organised by radio station Adom FM, to protest the rising levels of corruption within the government and public services. Protesters delivered a petition to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) demanding an investigation of persons engaged in acts of corruption, and to recover the stolen funds. The leaders of the protest also gave the EOCO 310 supporting documents, and promised to stage another protest within three months if the EOCO did not heed their request. Read more

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes

Changes to the electoral system within the constitutional reforms have caused particular concern among some in Georgian civil society. Read more

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes