release of HRDs

Attacks on civil society increased ahead of Djibouti election

Attacks on civil society and the media increased in the run-up to Djibouti's presidential election. Read more

Liberian activist freed as sedition charges dropped

A court dropped charges against activist Vandalark Patricks after he made a speech calling for accountability for the killing of human rights defenders. Read more

Myanmar mosque ransacked by armed mob and youth conference banned

On 23rd June, a mosque in Bago Province, Rakine State, Myanmar was attacked by over 200 Buddhist extremists. A disagreement over the building of a Muslim school in the area quickly escalated into religious violence, leaving the mosque ransacked and other religious sites badly damaged. In a separate event, a National Ethnic Youth Conference planned for 27 to 30 July was suspended for dubious reasons by authorities. Six hundred young people from across Myanmar had already gathered and were awaiting the start of the conference. Read more

Opponents of ECOWAS-EU trade deal arrested in Dakar

Five members of a coalition opposing Economic Partnership Agreements between ECOWAS and the EU were arrested and detained for three days following a protest in Dakar. Read more

LGBTI activists arrested during simultaneous demonstrations

Protests in Tblisi on 17th May resulted in the arrest of 10 LGBTI activists as religious conservatives held simultaneous demonstrations. Read more

Journalist released but Azeri goverment continues crackdown

Despite the release from jail of journalists Khadija Ismayilova, the OGP declared Azerbaijan inactive because of continuing repression of fundamental freedoms. Read more