killing of protestors

Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Beirut explosion probe, worsening economic crisis and political interference spark protests

Following the Beirut port explosion in August 2020, demands for political accountability continue, amid an ongoing and worsening economic crisis. Since the explosion, authorities and political leaders have hampered investigations into the blast. Related to this, several protests were staged. A protest on the worsening economic crisis and the government's announcement to impose a renewed lockdown, was met with excessive force and detentions. Additionally, a protest demanding political accountability on the one-year anniversary of the Beirut port explosion was also met with force. Additionally, in October 2021, at least seven people were shot dead in Beirut and 30 others injured when gunfire erupted during protests, called by Hezbollah, demanding the removal of judge Tarek Bitar investigating the Beirut port explosion, accusing him of bias. Several attacks against journalists were also documented, including the killing of two journalists. Read more

Beirut explosion probe, worsening economic crisis and political interference spark protests

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Kakuzi PLC, a Kenyan agricultural company with a UK parent company, sued two human rights organisations - the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Ndula Resource Centre (NRC) over their advocacy work with local communities; environmental activist shot dead; Several police shootings reported during various protests; several journalists attacked, arrested and detained in separate incidents. Read more

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Arbitrary arrest of activists, excessive use of force and targeting of journalists in Nepal

In recent months, there have been reports of excessive force used by the police in Rupandehi district and the arbitrary arrest and detention of a women’s rights activist who was leading a protest in Kathmandu. There are also ongoing cases of targeting of journalists. Read more

Arbitrary arrest of activists, excessive use of force and targeting of journalists in Nepal

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Opposition politicians launched impeachment proceedings against Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, over possible irregularities in the sale of a mining company, after new details about the deal were revealed in leaked documents. People took to the streets in protests by Mapuche communities, anti and pro-immigration groups and reproductive rights activists. In addition, a new bill on digital platforms could have important negative impacts on freedom of expression. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, at the end of April 2021, a tax reform bill sparked nationwide anti-government protests in Colombia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 68 people had died during the protests by the beginning of June. Over a thousand were injured and detained, and hundreds were reported missing. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

CSOs express grave concerns over the rising death toll and mass arrests in response to protests in Khuzestan and other Iranian provinces; New report raises concerns about alleged reprisals against human rights defenders for Cooperation with the United Nations; several activists detained and sentenced on spurious charges; Read more

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

Activists and journalists at risk, crackdown on protests in Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

On 15th August 2021, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan after the government collapsed and two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal. Civic space violations have been documented including house-to-house searches for activists, excessive use of force or firearms against peaceful protesters and raids as well as the torture and ill-treatment of journalists with impunity. Read more

Activists and journalists at risk, crackdown on protests in Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

More than a thousand killed in Myanmar as repression of activists continues unabated

Over the last month, concerns have been raised by the UN around the situation of human rights defenders as arrests and attacks on activists continue. A new report shows the systematic targeting of healthcare workers. The crackdown on the media has continued with arrests and sentencing of journalists. Civil society groups criticise the exit of Norwegian telco, Telenor. Protests continued, including in prisons by political prisoners. Read more

More than a thousand killed in Myanmar as repression of activists continues unabated

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist

Authorities refused to grant a permit for a #FixTheCountry protest scheduled for 9th May 2021 in Accra, using the grounds of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. #FixTheCountry started out as a social media campaign in which mainly Ghanaian youth called for better socio-economic conditions in the country, ranging from employment opportunities, fixing the roads, lower taxes and better service delivery, and became a movement demanding better living conditions. Read more

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist