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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

Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

On 23rd September 2021, the Quebec government adopted special legislation that makes it illegal to protest within 50 meters of schools, day care centres, hospitals, medical clinics, vaccination sites and testing centres. Read more

Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

Union leader arrested amid protests in South Korea while restrictive press law revisions shelved

In recent months, protests have been carried out by a major labour union in South Korea calling on the government to improve labour conditions and for a minimum wage hike. The protests were deemed illegal by the authorities, who attempted to disrupt them. The government arrested a union leader in September 2021 for allegedly violating social distancing requirements by organising the rally. A restrictive press law proposed by the government has been shelved. Read more

Union leader arrested amid protests in South Korea while restrictive press law revisions shelved

Harassment of activists, critics persist in Malaysia as new Prime Minister comes to power

In recent months, the government has continued to use repressive laws against peaceful protesters and activists. These include the ongoing use of the Penal Code, Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA). #Lawan activists have continued to face judicial harassment while peaceful protesters involved in a candlelight vigil were dragged to police cars and restricted access to lawyers. Some were also threatened. Opposition parliamentarians were blocked by police from marching to parliament, activist Fahmi Reza was arrested for his artwork critical of the Prime Minister, while the CMA has also been used against those criticising politicians and royalty. Read more

Harassment of activists, critics persist in Malaysia as new Prime Minister comes to power

Attacks, pressure on dissent and opposition unrelenting

Members of the country’s main opposition party, Chadema, arrested just hours ahead of planned conference in Mwanza; Authorities in Mwanza ban “unnecessary gatherings” as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, a day before the Chadema party’s planned conference; protesters demanding the release of Chadema party leader arrested; publication and distribution of Raia Mwema, a weekly tabloid, suspended for 30 days Read more

Attacks, pressure on dissent and opposition unrelenting

Governor suspends humanitarian CSO for ten days

On 12th April 2021, Issa Lémine, the governor of the region Diffa, in the south east of the country, ordered the suspension of the activities of the humanitarian organisation ACTED "until further notice". In a letter to the CSO, the governor accuses the organisation of 'racketeering' and maintaining 'dubious and subversive connections at the benefit of a terrorist organisation'. Read more

Governor suspends humanitarian CSO for ten days

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended

Restrictions related to a proposed law governing cyberspace and the ongoing state of emergency threaten to affect the country’s civic space. Read more

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended