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Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

On 23rd September 2021, the Quebec government adopted special legislation that makes it illegal to protest within 50 meters of schools, day care centres, hospitals, medical clinics, vaccination sites and testing centres. Read more

Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

Union leader arrested amid protests in South Korea while restrictive press law revisions shelved

In recent months, protests have been carried out by a major labour union in South Korea calling on the government to improve labour conditions and for a minimum wage hike. The protests were deemed illegal by the authorities, who attempted to disrupt them. The government arrested a union leader in September 2021 for allegedly violating social distancing requirements by organising the rally. A restrictive press law proposed by the government has been shelved. Read more

Union leader arrested amid protests in South Korea while restrictive press law revisions shelved

Harassment of activists, critics persist in Malaysia as new Prime Minister comes to power

In recent months, the government has continued to use repressive laws against peaceful protesters and activists. These include the ongoing use of the Penal Code, Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA). #Lawan activists have continued to face judicial harassment while peaceful protesters involved in a candlelight vigil were dragged to police cars and restricted access to lawyers. Some were also threatened. Opposition parliamentarians were blocked by police from marching to parliament, activist Fahmi Reza was arrested for his artwork critical of the Prime Minister, while the CMA has also been used against those criticising politicians and royalty. Read more

Harassment of activists, critics persist in Malaysia as new Prime Minister comes to power

Attacks, pressure on dissent and opposition unrelenting

Members of the country’s main opposition party, Chadema, arrested just hours ahead of planned conference in Mwanza; Authorities in Mwanza ban “unnecessary gatherings” as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, a day before the Chadema party’s planned conference; protesters demanding the release of Chadema party leader arrested; publication and distribution of Raia Mwema, a weekly tabloid, suspended for 30 days Read more

Attacks, pressure on dissent and opposition unrelenting

Governor suspends humanitarian CSO for ten days

On 12th April 2021, Issa Lémine, the governor of the region Diffa, in the south east of the country, ordered the suspension of the activities of the humanitarian organisation ACTED "until further notice". In a letter to the CSO, the governor accuses the organisation of 'racketeering' and maintaining 'dubious and subversive connections at the benefit of a terrorist organisation'. Read more

Governor suspends humanitarian CSO for ten days

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended

Restrictions related to a proposed law governing cyberspace and the ongoing state of emergency threaten to affect the country’s civic space. Read more

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended

2020 elections marred with gross irregularities spark growing concern for civic space in Tanzania

Tanzania’s general elections took place on 28th October 2020. Incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli claimed a landslide victory with a reported 84% of the vote in the presidential election. In the run-up to the elections, the fairness of the electoral process was repeatedly questioned by national and international observers, who pointed to an uneven playing field between the ruling CCM party and opposition parties. Several violations to civic space were documented in the lead up to, during and after the elections. Read more

2020 elections marred with gross irregularities spark growing concern for civic space in Tanzania

Mass arrests of journalists and safety concerns raised as armed conflict breaks out in Tigray region

The political situation in Ethiopia deteriorated rapidly in the latter quarter of 2020 as the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been engaged in armed conflict with the leading party in the Tigray region. Several violations, including of free expression, have been reported. Read more

Mass arrests of journalists and safety concerns raised as armed conflict breaks out in Tigray region

Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended

Tension has been on the rise in Senegal since the leader of political opposition party PASTEF (Patriotes du Sénégal pour le travail, l’éthique et la fraternité) and member of parliament Ousmane Sonko was accused of sexual assault and death threats. Sonko denies the accusations and accuses authorities of a 'political complot'. Protests and clashes erupted and security forces, killing eight people, journalists have been subjected to threats and political supporters and activists have been arrested.

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Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended