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Journalist shot in Lesotho

Respect for freedom of expression has recently been severely undermined in Lesotho, following blatant attacks on journalists, including the shooting of one reporter. Read more

Protest at post-election event disrupted

Four silent protestors were forcibly removed following a silent protest to raise the issue of rape in South Africa. Read more

Wave of worker's rights protests turn violent in Jordan

On 22nd June, local activists organised a sit-in on a roundabout to demonstrate against high unemployment and lack of job opportunities in the area. Security forces used tear gas to forcefully disperse the protest leading to clashes with protesters, multiple injuries and reports of over 22 arrests. Read more

Freedom of expression under threat in Kosovo

In June 2016 a journalist from Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) received threats from individuals identifying themselves as past senior officers in the Kosovo Liberation Army. In May 2016, RTK was ordered to leave its headquarters by the Kosovo Privatization Agency (KPA), which claimed that RTK was using the building illegally. Read more

Crackdown on Environmental Groups as Journalists go on Trial in Morocco

On 1st July a seminar on environmental and land rights in Marrakesh was banned by the Moroccan authorities. Meanwhile, seven journalists are on trial for “threatening the internal security of the state” because of training they provided on use of a new citizen journalism app. Read more

Nearly 50 dead as Indian forces open fire on Protesters in Kashmir

In recent weeks, Kashmir has seen one of the worst uprisings since 2010. Clashes between the police and protesters in Jammu were sparked by the death of a prominent Kashmiri militant at the hands of Indian security forces. Read more

Bolivian court upholds controversial civil society law

The right to freedom of association has been undermined by a recent decision of Bolivia's Constitutional Court, which validated provisions of the Law on Legal Entities. Read more

Security forces kill three protestors in Gao, northern Mali

On 12th July, Security forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors in the city of Gao, northern Mali, killing three and injuring 30. Read more

Torture, abduction and ethnic violence continue in Sri Lanka

In early June Velauthapillai Renukaruban a British-Sri Lankan visiting his family home in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka, was abducted by security forces. Sinhalese and Tamil students clashed at Jaffna University, in Northern Sri Lanka leaving 10 people injured and forcing the campus to close for two weeks. Police, military intelligence services and troops from the military special task force were all reported to have been deployed, sparking fears of further harassment by the state forces of Tamil student activists. Read more

Protests disrupted in West Papua

Protests in West Papua continued to be met with heavy handed police tactics. On the 28th May, two activists were arrested and detained by security forces for distributing leaflets about an upcoming separatist rally and encouraging others to participate. Read more