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President Kagame Denies Spying on Opponents Abroad

American pastor deported on accusation of hate speech, President Kagame denies spying on dissidents abroad, while outspoken government critic confirms being a victim of surveillance while in exile Read more

President Kagame Denies Spying on Opponents Abroad

Activists, journalists and dissidents detained to prevent protests on International Human Rights Day

On 9th and 10th December 2019, several human rights defenders, intellectuals, leaders of opposition groups and journalists were placed under house arrest without a judicial order. Many reported that security officers were guarding their homes, threatening to arrest them if they went out into the street. This wave of repression took place around the celebrations for International Human Rights Day on 10th December. According to reports, the detentions were conducted to prevent protests. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Activists, journalists and dissidents detained to prevent protests on International Human Rights Day

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria: journalists arrested, protests repressed

According to the Amnesty International report 'Endangered Voices. Attack on Freedom of Expression in Nigeria', at least 19 journalists, bloggers and media practitioners have been subject to attacks between January and September 2019. These range from physical attacks, verbal assaults, death threats, surveillance, indiscriminate detention to pressure to reveal sources, mostly perpetrated by Nigerian security forces. Read more

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria:  journalists arrested, protests repressed

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Daniela Kravetz, reported that human rights had not improved and expressed regret that the peace deal failed to bring widespread abuse and violations to an end, government dismantles twenty two Catholic hospitals and clinics, allegedly in response to the church’s criticism of President Isaias Afwerki’s rule., A damning report issued by Human Rights Watch in August 2019 found that many Eritreans have spent their entire working lives at the service of the government in either a military or civilian capacity, which has had visible and lasting impact on the rights, freedom and lives of Eritreans, Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Mandate Renewed as Human Rights Fail to Improve

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more  |  Read in French

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics

The authorities of Turkmenistan continue to strictly control the dissemination of information. State media focuses on the supposed well-being of the country and the achievements of its government while ignoring problems affecting the everyday life of residents such as the lack of basic foodstuffs and life-saving medicines in the context of the current economic crisis. Read more

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics

Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.

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Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

In June 2019, authorities sent a warning letter to the captain of the Spanish NGO Open Arms threatening to fine them up to 901,000 Euros for "violations against maritime safety or traffic management" if they continue with migrant rescue operations. Read more

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases