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Iraqi Kurdistan: Ongoing retaliation against anyone who criticises the governing authorities

protesters arrested; political activists arrested, cleric baneed for criticising authorities. Read more

Iraqi Kurdistan: Ongoing retaliation against anyone who criticises the governing authorities

North Korean citizens punished severely for using mobile phones and watching foreign films

In recent months, the authorities have sentenced to death and executed individuals for smuggling, watching and distributing South Korean films. Hundreds have been arrested for using Chinese mobile phones and there are severe punishments for international callers in the China-North Korea border region Read more

North Korean citizens punished severely for using mobile phones and watching foreign films

Pakistani journalists, activists remain at risk while new restrictions against online dissent passed

In recent months, the government the has enacted amendments to the cybercrime law which threatens to stifle online dissent while journalists have been harassed, criminalised and even allegedly tortured. Further, a new law to protect journalists has imposed new censorship mechanisms. A social media activist was assassinated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while human rights defender Idris Khattak has been convicted and sentenced after an unfair trial. The judicial harassment of human rights activist Muhamad Ismail has continued, and the authorities have continued to target leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), while enforced disappearances have affected hundreds of families. Read more

Pakistani journalists, activists remain at risk while new restrictions against online dissent passed

Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

Human rights abuses have continued to be reported including judicial harassment of human rights defenders as well as the families of activists in exile. Families of the disappeared have been coerced to sign statements denying the violation took place. Journalists have also been targeted as well as media outlets critical of the state. The police have also disrupted and used excessive force against protesters. In some cases, ruling party supporters were also involved in attacks on protesters with impunity. Read more

Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

President Ndayishimiye pledges to release political prisoners

On 29th December 2021, President Ndayishimiye promised to release political prisoners, in line with the presidential practice of granting amnesty to inmates at the end of every year; the National Congress for Freedom (CNL), Burundi’s main opposition party, accused the government of being responsible for enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests of some of its activists; police officers arrest and detain Bonesha FM journalist Venant Niyomwungere; Read more  |  Read in French

President Ndayishimiye pledges to release political prisoners

Government critics face continued harassment, journalists face restrictions, assault and arrest

Police officers detain six environmental activists; military was deployed around the home of Robert Kyagulanyi, (popularly known as Bobi Wine) ahead of his scheduled campaign for his party’s candidature in the Kayunga district chairperson by-election; police officers arrest 33 doctors and interns attempting to petition the parliament speaker; Media Council of Uganda release a statement reiterating the directive for all news editors to register with the council; security forces violently arrest three journalists while covering the district LCV chairperson by-elections in Kayunga; Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) withdrew charges against two online journalists; Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, an author and government critic, arrested in his home by armed men claiming to be police officers for allegedly posting on Twitter about Museveni and his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba Read more

Government critics face continued harassment, journalists face restrictions, assault and arrest

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Over the last two months, women human rights defenders have been abducted by the Taliban and their whereabouts remain unknown, while a prominent academic was briefly detained for his criticism of the Taliban. Journalists have been arrested by the Taliban and ill-treated, while some have been attacked by unknown persons with impunity. Further, protests by women activists have been disrupted with excessive force by the Taliban. Read more

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

In January and February 2022, Nicaraguan authorities resumed the prosecution of political prisoners, holding “express” trials marred by procedural irregularities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

Bahrain: culture of impunity leaves imprisoned HRDs with no option but to go on hunger strie

In protest against the confiscation of a book on Bahraini dialects and culture that he has been working on in prison for over four years, HRD Dr Al-Singace has been on a liquid-only hunger strike since 8th July 2021. Similarly, HRD Al-Khawaja’s also went on a hunger strike in response to a decision to deprive him of phone calls. Read more

Bahrain: culture of impunity leaves imprisoned HRDs with no option but to go on hunger strie

Ongoing harassment, threats and criminalisation of activists and journalists in Indonesia

In recent months, the authorities have been harassing human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, while human rights defender Veronica Koman and her family were threatened. Papuan activists were arbitrarily arrested in early December 2021, with eight facing treason charges for raising the Morning Star flag - a banned symbol of Papuan independence - while excessive force was reported against a student in Tangerang. The authorities withdrew a complaint against two Greenpeace Indonesia activists following public criticism, while two police officers were convicted for assaulting a journalist.
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Ongoing harassment, threats and criminalisation of activists and journalists  in Indonesia