release of HRDs

Five activists charged with "illegal assembly" for event on the occasion of Human Rights Day

On 10th December 2021, police arrested four activists of the pro-democracy movement Tournons la Page Niger - Armadan Moussa, Biliyaminou Idi, Moubarak Habou and Hima Hamani - while participating in the "citizen caravan of democracy", an event organised annually in Niamey on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, to raise awareness about the respect of fundamental freedoms and the benefits of democracy. Read more  |  Read in French

Five activists charged with "illegal assembly" for event on the occasion of Human Rights Day

Freedom of expression suffers another blow as two journalists and one HRD are detained

Journalists Ferdinand Ayité and Joël Egah, editors of the newspapers L'Alternative and La Fraternité respectively, were placed into custody on 10th December 2021 on accusations of insulting authorities, defamation and dissemination of falsehoods in relation to comments both journalists made during a discussion on L'Autre Journal, a current affairs programme run on L'Alternative's You Tube channel. Read more  |  Read in French

Freedom of expression suffers another blow as two journalists and one HRD are detained

LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

LGBTIQ+ groups say they have seen an increase in attacks on LGBTIQ+ people since the controversial draconian anti-LGBTIQ+ law, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, was introduced in Parliament end of June 2021 by eight Members of Parliament. As reported previously on the Monitor, the draft law would set high prison sentences for identifying as LGBTIQ+ people and those supporting or advocating for LGBTIQ+ rights – the latter punishable with prison sentences of up to ten years. In November 2021, Ghana's Parliament opened public hearings on the draft law.

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LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Wakit Tama, a coalition of opposition and civil society, continued to protest against the Transitional Military Council's governance. On 11th December 2021, after several postponements due to bans issued by authorities, Wakit Tama protested in N'Djamena, gathering a thousand people according to media sources. The protesters demanded a more inclusive transition and a revision of the transitional charter. Read more  |  Read in French

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Tragic death of long-term political prisoner, systematic violations of fundamental freedoms

During the reporting period, freedom of expression continued to be restricted in Kazakhstan, especially through silencing of journalists and other media professionals with the use of criminal and administrative charges and other legal means. Numerous new cases aimed at silencing independent and critical voices were reported. Additionally, the number of strikes in Kazakhstan increased sharply in 2021. Recently, courts have begun cracking down on strikes, especially those taking place in the oil sector, and have declared them illegal. Meanwhile, the authorities continued to crack down on supporters of the opposition movements the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan and the Street Party, both of which have been banned as “extremist’’ by a court, although they do not advocate or endorse violence. Kazakhstan’s longest serving political prisoner, Aron Atabek, was released on parole in October 2021 after serving 15 years behind bars. Shortly after his release, he tragically passed away Read more

Tragic death of long-term political prisoner, systematic violations of fundamental freedoms

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Several journalists were physically assaulted and intimidated in the past year, with some briefly detained, as documented by press freedom organisations Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), MISA Moçambique (Instituto para a Comunicação Social da África Austral – Moçambique) and Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM - Fórum de Rádios Comunitárias). Read more

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Mali’s “military coup within a coup”: no elections in February 2022; journalist abducted

On 24th May 2021, members of the armed forces arrested Mali’s transitional president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane in a “coup within a coup”. The move, initiated by vice-president and leader of the 2020 coup Assimi Goïta, followed the announcement of a cabinet reshuffle, with Goïta accusing Ndaw and Ouane of violating the transition charter by not having consulted with him. Ironically, the transition charter does not give the vice-president the power to dismiss the president and prime minister. Read more  |  Read in French

Mali’s “military coup within a coup”: no elections in February 2022; journalist abducted

Protesters call for release of political prisoners, imprisoned journalist appeals for support

After the launch of operations in Nagorno Karabakh in September 2020 and the transfer of the region to the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan, the number of politically motivated protests in the country decreased considerably. However, in October 2021, a protest was organised in front of a hospital in a Baku prison - the first one after a long period, organised by an opposition political party. The protesters, chanting "Freedom for political prisoners!"; transgender woman found dead in unclear circumstances; Anar Abdulla, an Azerbaijani journalist and activist, sentenced to 15 days in prison; journalist and editor of the "Yukselish Namine" website, Elchin Mamed, urges the international community to support his release from detention Read more

Protesters call for release of political prisoners, imprisoned journalist appeals for support

systematic crackdown on dissent continues

Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of the country's main opposition party, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Swahili for Party of Democracy and Progress) popularly known as Chadema, appeared in the High Court charged with terrorism-related and economic crimes; police officers arrest and detain women members of Chadema while they were jogging; cartoonist, Opptertus John Fwema, arrested at his home; police officers arrest and detain Harlod Shemsanga, a journalist at the YouTube based Mgawe TV, while covering the above-mentioned jogging event by women members of Chadema Read more

systematic crackdown on dissent continues