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Protests resume ahead of snap elections

Protesters resume calls for resignation of chief prosecutor ahead of elections; Regional court finds that deportation of journalist was a violation of rights; Media experts urge government to prioritise safety of journalists; analysis of court judgments finds discrimination of ethnic minorities' right to asociation Read more

Protests resume ahead of snap elections

In jail for a joke: Stifling of independent voices continues

The muzzling of independent media is part of a broader trend of growing authoritarianism in Tajikistan with the authorities increasingly regarding journalists who ask probing questions, attempt to promote transparency and create space for public debate as a threat to their hold on power. Recently introduced measures providing for full state control over the country's independent television and radio stations threaten to exacerbate the situation for independent media even further. The increasing challenge of access to information, together with the suppression of freedom of expression in connection with reporting on COVID-19, has created a heightened climate of fear among journalists and health workers, making it very difficult to assess the true extent of the pandemic. Of continuing concern is the persecution of human rights lawyers. Added to this, the authorities also continued with the persecution and silencing of the opposition. Read more

In jail for a joke: Stifling of independent voices continues

Crackdown on independent media outlets, lawyers and political activists continues

Freedom of expression and information are so tightly controlled in Tajikistan that it has become virtually impossible for journalists to cover issues which the authorities perceive to be “sensitive” without endangering their safety or that of their relatives. The authorities use legal provisions which punish incitement to hatred or discord or “spreading of false information” to silence critical voices and create a climate of fear. Apart from targeting independent journalists, state persecution is particularly aimed at human rights lawyers and political opponents.
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Crackdown on independent media outlets, lawyers and political activists continues

Wave of political repression: witch hunts for activists, marred elections and scores of arrests

Events during this reporting period form part of the strongest wave of politically motivated repression in Kazakhstan since the aftermath of the 2011 events in Zhanaozen. Over 30 people were detained and are currently in custody across the country in retaliation for their peaceful exercise of the freedoms of expression, association and assembly. On top of that, at least 50 people detained for exercising their freedoms have been sentenced to prison, and around 250 have been summoned for interrogation as suspects and witnesses in criminal cases initiated in this context. Most of these people have been charged with participating in a banned extremist organisation under Article 405 of the Kazakhstani Criminal Code, a provision that the authorities use to target individuals associated with the opposition Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) and Street Party movements. Both movements have been banned and labelled as extremist organisations by a court.

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Wave of political repression: witch hunts for activists, marred elections and scores of arrests

Clandestine protest on International Women’s Day in Nicaragua

About 150 women organised a clandestine demonstration at the campus of the Universidad Centroamericana (Central American University) to commemorate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021. Read more

Clandestine protest on International Women’s Day in Nicaragua

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

Fundamental freedoms have continuously been severely restricted in Kazakhstan.
Civil society activists, bloggers, protest participants and others - who criticised authorities in power - faced intimidation and harassment, including prosecution on charges brought against their legitimate exercise of freedom of expression, association and assembly. Read more

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

More than 12,000 charities ordered to stop their operations; attacks on the LGBTIQ community in Uganda intensify; police detain opposition leader and former president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye; police fire tear gas at journalists protesting against police abuse in Kampala; security operatives storm and ransack the office of the opposition FDC party Read more

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

During the period covered by this report, Kazakhstan witnessed reinforced persecution of civil society activists, journalists and other citizens exercising their fundamental rights. This includes the prosecution of numerous civil society activists, journalists and other individuals in retaliation for expressing their opinion, engaging in online activities or participating in peaceful demonstrations on socio-economic and political issues. The reporting period also saw the continued denial of state registration for NGOs working on issues that are sensitive to the authorities. Read more

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?

This special issue prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), provides an overview reflecting some of the main developments in freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Uzbekistan from April 2018 to October 2019. Read more

Uzbekistan: Reforming or Redecorating?