killing of protestors

Afghan human rights and media workers face attacks while new NGO law threatens civil society

Over the last few months, human rights workers and journalists have been attacked and killed. 24 were killed when a group of heavily armed militants stormed a Médecins Sans Frontiéres run maternity wing in Kabul. A new NGO law could lead to undue regulations, oversight and interference for civil society while government backtracks on proposed amendments to a media law. Protests in Afghanistan have been met with deadly force from the authorities. Read more

Afghan human rights and media workers face attacks while new NGO law threatens civil society

Enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions increase in Venezuela during pandemic

On 8th May 2020, civil society organisation Foro Penal reported that arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances increased in Venezuela since the beginning of COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020. Read more

Enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions increase in Venezuela during pandemic

Police brutality a continuing crisis in Kenya

Report by Human Rights Watch shows that Kenyan police continue to kill crime suspects and protesters in cold blood; High Court dismisses petition by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) which challenged the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018; Kenyan National Assembly’s Labour and Social Welfare Committee rejected a bill that sought to restrict to five days the right to strike for workers who provide essential services; at least one person was killed and dozens injured when demonstrators clashed with police in Kasarani district, north-east of Nairobi in January Read more

Police brutality a continuing crisis in Kenya

Concern over crackdown on opposition and dissenters ahead of 2020 elections

Dozens of opposition supporters arrested, detained, New anti terrorrism law passes, government announces restoration of phone and internet services in parts of Oromia region after shut down in January 2020, protesters injured, one killed during protest by university students at Bule Hora University in Oromia Read more

Concern over crackdown on opposition and dissenters ahead of 2020 elections

Crackdown on dissent and independent journalism during COVID-19

On 13th March 2020, a presidential decree declared a nationwide "state of alarm" in Venezuela due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Among other things, the decree prohibits public gatherings and authorises competent authorities to take "all necessary measures" to enforce orders related to quarantine and isolation. Read more

Crackdown on dissent and independent journalism during COVID-19

Online debate on Dong Tam incident followed by pandemic silenced by Vietnam authorities

Since January 2020, the Vietnam government has attempted to silence any online debate or criticism of the government’s handling of a land dispute in Dong Tam that left four people dead. The authorities have also convicted well-known journalist and blogger Truong Duy Nhat to ten years in prison and have been seeking to block the dissemination of information online around the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is also modelling China and forcing activists and political prisoners to undergo public confessions on television. Read more

Online debate on Dong Tam incident followed by pandemic silenced by Vietnam authorities

'Deal of the Century’ sparks protests, journalists at the frontline face continuous attacks

US President Donald Trump's peace plan known as 'Deal of the Century' sparked protests in various regions. During protests journalists who were in the frontline faced continuous use of excessive force from armed forces. A teenager was killed by armed forces in a seperate protest against encroaching Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank. Read more

'Deal of the Century’ sparks protests, journalists at the frontline face continuous attacks

Controversial constitutional referendum goes ahead despite months of protests: several killed

On 22nd March 2020, legislative elections and the controversial referendum on a new constitution took place in Guinea, in a context of violence, clashes with security forces and interruptions in the access to the internet and social media. Read more  |  Read in French

Controversial constitutional referendum goes ahead despite months of protests: several killed

Civil society denounces systematic criminalisation in Venezuela

In February 2020, 155 Venezuelan civil society organisations signed a statement demanding an end to the criminalisation of human rights defenders in the country. In their press release, the organisations say that the human rights movement has been affected by the view that there are “internal enemies seeking to destabilise peace”. Read more

Civil society denounces systematic criminalisation in Venezuela

On the Watchlist: Protest continue in Lebanon; activists, journalists targeted by government

Despite the formation of the new government, Lebanon has entered its fifth month of protests with no end in sight. Throughout February 2020, protestors continued to demonstrate on a daily and weekly basis to denounce the social and economic repercussions of the crises. The systemtic use of excessive force by security forces has continued. It is reported that security forces used batons, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse protestors on a number of occasions. Journalists and activists are now being targeted by the government and summoned for interrogation for their participation in the revolution. Read more

On the Watchlist: Protest continue in Lebanon; activists, journalists targeted by government