prevention of protest

Human Rights Lawyer Joseph Kimani killed

The murder of human rights lawyer Joseph Kimani, his client and their taxi driver has sparked outrage in Kenya. Read more

Council of Ministers preparing new law on associations

The Palestinian Council of Ministers is preparing a new law on associations through a commission which does not include civil society representation. Read more

Repression intensifies as elections approach

Repression against the media and civil society has escalated tensions in Gambia in the run up to elections in December 2016. Read more

Access to information law approved

The Togolese parliament approved a new access to information law however protests continued to be met with violence in Mango. Read more

Killing of human rights defenders worsens in 2016

The situation for human rights defenders in Colombia seems to be deteriorating. In the first week of March, five social leaders were assassinated. Minga movement protests have been repressed in recent months and journalists are facing higher risks while reporting, especially in conflict areas. Read more

Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more

New law undermines civil and political rights

The Sovereign Security Act seriously undermines freedom of association in Nicaragua. The legislation also restricts the right to peaceful assembly as it gives discretionary powers to the police to prevent or stop any demonstration. Read more

Protest rights violated in Lesotho

Authorities restricted the right to protest on at least two occassions in May and June while the administrators of a Facebook group which had leaked government information were detained. Read more