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Canada: Natural gas pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory sparks national protests

Throughout February 2020, Indigenous-rights and environmental activists participated in country-wide demonstrations and set up blockades on major rail lines to challenge a natural gas pipeline project in British Colombia. Read more  |  Read in French

Canada: Natural gas pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory sparks national protests

Civil society disappointed by Fiji’s rejection of UN recommendations to revise repressive laws

The government has rejected recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council to review restrictive laws. Journalists were reportedly barred from the trial of a real estate development company involved in a project which led to significant environmental destruction. There is still no accountability around the case of a teenager who was allegedly physically abused by security forces for a social media post. Read more

Civil society disappointed by Fiji’s rejection of UN recommendations to revise repressive laws

Civil society platform's accreditation to observe the 22nd February presidential elections withdrawn

On the day of the elections, access to messaging services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger appeared to be blocked on two networks on the evening of 22nd February. Prior to the elections, an independent civil society platform saw its accreditation as election observers withdrawn, while staff of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) were expelled from the country. Read more

Civil society platform's accreditation to observe the 22nd February presidential elections withdrawn

Protests against increase in electricity prices: several activists arrested

On 29th November 2019, nine activists of the movement Noo Lank (We refuse) were arrested during a protest in front of the gates of the Palace of the Republic against an increase in electricity prices (see under Peaceful Assembly) and were later charged with ‘participation in an unauthorised gathering’. Guy Marius Sagna, of FRAPP – France Dégage (Front for a Popular Anti-Imperialist Revolution and Pan African) was additionally charged with ‘provocation of gathering’ and ‘rebellion’. Read more

Protests against increase in electricity prices: several activists arrested

Concerns over space for opposition and dissent ahead of 2020 presidential elections

On 4th August 2019, police offices arrested human rights defender and journalism student Konan Yao Hubert at a bus station in Djékanou, according to Front Line Defenders. Police officers also reportedly physically attacked him when Yao Hubert resisted the arrest when no arrest warrant was presented. Read more  |  Read in French

Concerns over space for opposition and dissent ahead of 2020 presidential elections

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

In a landmark ruling delivered on Monday 3rd February 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered the nullification of the May 2019 elections and ordered fresh elections, the high court in Zomba ordered the ministry of education to allow Rastafarian children with dreadlocks to enrol in public schools,
Since the May 2019 elections, Malawians engaged in sustained popular protests against the government which have been met with police reprisals, Human Rights Defenders Coalition organized a protest against the rape of women, three journalists detained for two hours at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, female journalist Patricia Kayuni was physically assaulted by protesters in Chitipa district Read more

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

Public sector employees vow to protest restrictive legislation in Canada

Ontario’s four major teachers’ unions announced that they would challenge a recently passed bill that caps public sector employee raises at one per cent per year. Bill 124, passed by the government in November 2019, affects more than a million workers at universities and colleges, hospitals and other groups. Read more

Public sector employees vow to protest restrictive legislation in Canada

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

Activists detained during protest

clashes erupt between supporters and opponents of the former president of Armenia, during which three people were detained,the students of Yerevan State University of Armenia went on strike, to protest against a proposed “Law on Higher Education and Science,” Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs (AIISA) prohibits several news outlets from attending its event Read more

Activists detained during protest

Activist Folly Satchivi released from prison, three activists denied entry to Togo

On 16th October 2019, activist, youth leader and HRD Folly Satchivi of the movement En Aucun Cas was released following a presidential pardon issued by president Fauré Gnassingbé. A week prior to the presidential pardon, on 10th October 2019, the Appeal Court in Lomé partially overturned the judgement by a lower court for the offense of 'aggravated disturbance of public order' in January 2019, but found the activist guilty of 'glorification of crimes and offences', and sentenced him to 28 months in prison, with 6 months suspended. Read more

Activist Folly Satchivi released from prison, three activists denied entry to Togo