release of HRDs

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

In response to mounting pressure from human rights defenders in Iraq, the Ministry of Interior arrested Lieutenant-Colonel Omar Nizar, who was affiliated with the Rapid Response Division, on charges of killing protesters during a 2019 crackdown; Protesters summoned for their participation in protests on 25th October 2019; Body of civil society activist Haider Sabri found in Basra city with a bullet wound to the head; Read more

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Amnesty International issued a statement on 7 July 2022 regarding reports that at least seven human rights defenders and one cyber-activist had faced death threats as a result of exposing human rights violations in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon – Northwest and Southwest regions – where clashes and violence have been taking place between government security forces and separatists since 2017. Over 6,000 people are estimated to have been killed, while over 765,000 people have been displaced in the conflict.

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HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Front National pour la Défence de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, civil society groups and trade unions, called for protests on 28th and 29th July 2022 in Conakry to demand more transparency in Guinea’s transition, as coordinated by the military junta. Protests also called for the establishment of an inclusive framework for dialogue. According to news reports, the military junta deployed the armed forces to maintain public order during the demonstrations, and security forces reportedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, while protesters responded by throwing stones and burning tyres. Some of the protests turned into violent clashes between protesters and security forces, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Bambèto, Sonfonia and on the route Le Prince, and which led to casualties, injuries,and dozens of arrests. Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Continued repression under new President

During the reporting period, Turkmenistan experienced an orchestrated transfer of power from father to son, with Serdar Berdymukhamedov assuming the presidency from his father Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who had held this office since 2006. The authorities continued to crack down on people who publicly express discontent about the situation in the country, stand up for their rights, and engage with like-minded people. In addition to directly putting pressure on such people and their relatives, security services also targeted people who have been in contact with them. Several people remain in prison on criminal charges in retaliation for their peaceful exercise of the freedoms of expression and association, although international human rights experts, foreign decision makers, and human rights groups have all called for their release. Outspoken activists based abroad also continue to face intimidation and harassment. Additionally, , there have been alarming reports about increasing control and policing of women, with authorities implementing restrictive measures to enforce so-called traditional norms of clothing, appearance, and conduct among women and girls. Read more

Continued repression under new President

USA: Massive protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court opinion affecting legal abortion rights

Sparked by a leaked Supreme Court opinion that indicated the court would end access to legal and safe abortions, thousands demonstrated in several cities in May 2022 to demand that their right to access healthcare not be infringed. Outside the Supreme Court in D.C. and in other cities, people took to the streets on 3rd May 2022 to protest the potential decision by the country’s highest court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Read more

USA: Massive protests erupt over leaked Supreme Court opinion affecting legal abortion rights

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following protest

Between 14th and 17th May 2022, six Wakit Tama members and supporters, including protest organisers, were arrested: secretary-general of the Trade Unions of Chad, Gounoung Vaima Ganfare; lawyer at the Chadian Bar Association Koudé Mbaïnaïssem; President of the Group of Civil Society Executives Hissène Massar Hissène, former ambassador Allamine Adoudou, secretary-general of the Union of Chadian Supplier Traders Youssouf Korom and spokesperson for Wakit Tama Max Loalngar, the former head of human rights organisation Chadian Human Rights League (Ligue Tchadienne de droits de l’homme). The six were charged with gathering to cause public disturbance, harm to property, and physical assault. The trial of the six is set to start on 6th June 2022. Read more

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following  protest

Opposition members sentenced to prison; concerns about violations against LGBTQI+ people

In its annual report, issued in December 2021, the National Human Rights Commission noted its concern about "physical and sexual assaults, arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment observed recently in Benin against Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexuals, Transgenders, Queers, Intersex and others (LGBTQI+)". Read more  |  Read in French

Opposition members sentenced to prison; concerns about violations against LGBTQI+ people

President Suluhu acts on promise to expand media freedoms, arbitrary arrests of journalists continue

President Suluhu meets exiled opposition leader; Opposition party chairman released from detention; Planned eviction of Maasai community sparks protests in Tanzania and UK; Legislative amendments approved to expand media freedom; New licences issued to newspapers banned during Maghufuli era; Arbitrary arrests of journalists a remaining concern Read more

President Suluhu acts on promise to expand media freedoms, arbitrary arrests of journalists continue

Ahead of the elections, journalists and media outlets face brutal repression

Suicide bomber assassinates Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, the director of the government-owned Radio Mogadishu; Hirshabelle police in Beledweyne raid local independent radio station Hiiraan Weyn and arrest seven journalists; police officers in the town of Abudwak, in the Galmudug regional state, raid privately owned Sooyal TV and Radio offices; Haramcad police officers (Special Operations Command Battalion) attack a group of journalists reporting a car bombing and gunfire attacks; Read more

Ahead of the elections, journalists and media outlets face brutal repression

Two activists released despite authorities' complete intolerance of online activism and dissent

Saudi blogger and human rights defender Raif Badawi was released from prison after completing his ten-year sentence; internet activist Naimah Al-Matrod was released from Al-Dammam prison in poor health, after being subjected to ill-treatment for six years; The SCC in Riyadh decided to postpone the trial of ten Egyptian Nubian citizens for a period of two months; the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) called on the Saudi authorities to reveal the whereabouts and conditions in which Internet activist and aid worker Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan is being held. Read more

Two activists released despite authorities' complete intolerance of online activism and dissent