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Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

On 6th April 2018, a court in Abidjan condemned 18 protesters to 12 days in prison and a fine of 50,000 CFA francs (95 USD) for participating in an opposition protest on 22nd March to demand a reform of the Independent Election Commission. Read more

Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

Human rights groups deem trial unfair as Nabeel Rajab's appeal is rejected

On 20th May 2018, Nabeel Rajab, who is also the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, appeared in court to appeal a five-year sentence for tweeting about the war in Yemen and torture in Bahrain’s notorious Jaw prison. On 5 June 2018, Bahrain’s Court of Appeal upheld the five year prison sentence. Read more

Human rights groups deem trial unfair as Nabeel Rajab's appeal is rejected

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

On 11th March 2018 Cubans voted for their representatives in the National Assembly who then elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president on 19th April. After almost six decades of Castro family rule, the country will now be led by someone not related to the Castros. Read more

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

Septimius Award organisers abducted in Tripoli and held in detention by GNA

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for journalists in Libya have attracted international concern in 2018. In a recent example, two media professionals affiliated with Libya's Septimius Award, Suleiman Qashout, a prominent TV anchor and the chairman of the Septimius Award’s board of directors, and Ahmed Yaacoubi, the Septimius Award director, were abducted on 29th April 2018 in Tripoli, Libya. Read more

Septimius Award organisers abducted in Tripoli and held in detention by GNA

Journalists detained without charge in Puntland and Somaliland

In May 2018, authorities in Garowe, located in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, arrested journalist Ibrahim Obo Daud . Two journalists covering the conflict between the breakaway Somaliland and Puntland regions were arrested on in late May 2018. Police arrested more than 40 protesters for ‘destabilizing peace’ in the Somaliland region on 28th May 2018 Read more

Journalists detained without charge in Puntland and Somaliland

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently reported on the financial harassment of independent journalists in Belarus. According to RSF, Belarusian journalists have received at least 50 fines since January 2018. Read more

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Mass protests lead to peaceful transition of power

April protests in Armenia lead to a the Prime Minister's resignation, another election in the National Assembly, and a member of the opposition elected as PM. Read more

Mass protests lead to peaceful transition of power

Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

After the deadly crackdown on protests on 31st December 2017, Comité laïc de coordination (CLC) close to the Catholic Church organised other protests after mass on 21st January and 25th February, both of which were brutally repressed by security forces. Read more

Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison

Freedom of expression continues to be threatened in Oman and internet activists and writers have been targeted in recent weeks. Most recently, human rights groups have called for an investigation into the death of detained Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham whose case was previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor. Al-Basham died on 28 April 2018 while serving a three-year sentence in Samail Central Prison. Read more

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison