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On the Watchlist: Widespread violations reported during ‘’Bloody January’’

At the beginning of January 2022, thousands of people across Kazakhstan took to the streets in peaceful protests to call for social and political change. The protests turned bloody as the authorities used force to put an end to them, and some parts of the crowd resorted to violence . The circumstances under which the protests evolved into unrest, riots and clashes between protesters and security forces, as well as the role of different actors in these developments, have yet to be fully clarified. However, there are serious concerns about the manner in which the authorities responded to the crisis, in particular their failure to make a distinction between non-peaceful and peaceful protest participants, both of whom were indiscriminately branded ‘’terrorists’’; arbitrary mass detentions of protesters; reports of the excessive use of force, including the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and passers-by; widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment, due process violations and disappearances of detained protesters; as well as the prosecution of people for merely peacefully exercising their freedoms of peaceful assembly, association and expression. These events, which constitute the most serious crisis experienced by Kazakhstan during its 30 years of independence, seriously affected civic space in the country. Due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms, Kazakhstan is currently featured on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist. Read more

On the Watchlist: Widespread violations reported during ‘’Bloody January’’

On the Watchlist: Concerns over moves to undermine judicial independence and attempts to muzzle CSOs

Following the decision of President Kais Saïed to dismiss Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, suspend parliament and lift parliamentary immunity (see previous update), violations of civic freedoms have continued unabated. Civil society has sounded the alarm on a recently leaked draft amendment to the Decree law which poses a serious threat to association. There are serious concerns that the government is currently using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to unduly restrict the right to peaceful assembly, after it imposed a blanket ban on peaceful assemblies, a day before anti-government protests. Police crackdown on the anti-government protest which saw atleast 35 people detained and one protester killed as a result of excessive force. Additionally journalists have come under attack, while several critical media outlets have been shutdown. Read more

On the Watchlist: Concerns over moves to undermine judicial independence and attempts to muzzle CSOs

Three killed in protest against insecurity; judicial harassment of HRDs; journalists assaulted

On 20th December 2021, three people - including a six month old baby - were killed when police opened fire during a protest in Goma, North Kivu. A coalition of citizen movements had called for a ville morte protest action to denounce the increasing insecurity in eastern DRC and, what protesters believe but is denied by authorities, plans to deploy Rwandan police in the fight against terrorism. Read more  |  Read in French

Three killed in protest against insecurity; judicial harassment of HRDs; journalists assaulted

Arrests and attacks on activists persist in Myanmar as civil society slams Hun Sen’s rogue diplomacy

In recent months, activists have continued to be arrested, charged or convicted by the junta while some have been killed, including two Save the Children staff members. Political prisoners have also been tortured or ill-treated. The junta is also blocking aid and imposing restrictions on humanitarian workers. Journalists have been criminalised, attacked or killed, while attacks on protests continue. Read more

Arrests and attacks on activists persist in Myanmar as civil society slams Hun Sen’s rogue diplomacy

Five activists charged with "illegal assembly" for event on the occasion of Human Rights Day

On 10th December 2021, police arrested four activists of the pro-democracy movement Tournons la Page Niger - Armadan Moussa, Biliyaminou Idi, Moubarak Habou and Hima Hamani - while participating in the "citizen caravan of democracy", an event organised annually in Niamey on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, to raise awareness about the respect of fundamental freedoms and the benefits of democracy. Read more  |  Read in French

Five activists charged with "illegal assembly" for event on the occasion of Human Rights Day

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

In November 2021, new court documents revealed that human rights defenders and a journalist who had prominent roles investigating a massacre in Mexico were criminally investigated by government authorities under a special organised crime statute. Read more

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

Bolivia: Media workers abducted and assaulted when covering land conflict

On 28th October 2021, a group of media professionals working for several Bolivian media outlets were abducted and assaulted as they covered a land dispute in the eastern province of Guarayos. Read more

Bolivia: Media workers abducted and assaulted when covering land conflict

Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Beirut explosion probe, worsening economic crisis and political interference spark protests

Following the Beirut port explosion in August 2020, demands for political accountability continue, amid an ongoing and worsening economic crisis. Since the explosion, authorities and political leaders have hampered investigations into the blast. Related to this, several protests were staged. A protest on the worsening economic crisis and the government's announcement to impose a renewed lockdown, was met with excessive force and detentions. Additionally, a protest demanding political accountability on the one-year anniversary of the Beirut port explosion was also met with force. Additionally, in October 2021, at least seven people were shot dead in Beirut and 30 others injured when gunfire erupted during protests, called by Hezbollah, demanding the removal of judge Tarek Bitar investigating the Beirut port explosion, accusing him of bias. Several attacks against journalists were also documented, including the killing of two journalists. Read more

Beirut explosion probe, worsening economic crisis and political interference spark protests

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Kakuzi PLC, a Kenyan agricultural company with a UK parent company, sued two human rights organisations - the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Ndula Resource Centre (NRC) over their advocacy work with local communities; environmental activist shot dead; Several police shootings reported during various protests; several journalists attacked, arrested and detained in separate incidents. Read more

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP