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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

As previously reported, the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate (JTS), the country’s largest union, faced repressions after it was dissolved, with the closure of its headquarters for two years. The union has responded by staging protests, including hunger strikes. In November 2021, the governor of the capital Amman prevented the JTS from holding a press conference that was meant to discuss several issues. Additionally, activists from the union have faced ongoing intimidation, harassment and arbitrarily detentions. Freedom of expression is also under threat, with internet freedoms severely restricted in the country. Authorities have limited access to information through blocking the internet, including social media, when there are politically sensitive developments and issuing gagging orders. Read more

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On 4th November 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

In the last two months, activists and journalists have continued to be targeted and criminalised and there are reports of torture of political prisoners. The internet has also been shut down in some regions. Some activists and journalists were released in a mass amnesty in October but some have been re-arrested. Read more

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

Summary: Opposition activists face pressure ahead of presidential elections, bloggers targeted

According to official information, incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev won the presidential elections held in Uzbekistan on 24th October 2021 by more than 80 percent of the vote. As highlighted by international observers, the elections were characterised by the lack of meaningful competition, as no genuine opposition parties have succeeded in obtaining registration in the country and were therefore unable to nominate candidates for the elections. At the same time, opposition activists were harassed and intimidated in the run-up to the presidential elections. Separately, the process of registering new NGOs remains fraught with difficulties, and several independent NGOs have repeatedly been denied registration on grounds that appear to be politically motivated. The climate for free speech remains restrictive both on- and offline- with bloggers being targeted and several websites being blocked throughout the presidential election campaign. Read more

Summary: Opposition activists face pressure ahead of presidential elections, bloggers targeted

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

On 18th October 2021, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency for 60 days to confront rising crime and violence in Ecuador, saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

Students, youth, lead calls for democracy in Eswatini

Pro democracy protests continue in Eswatini as police use excessive force; Internet shut down amid the protests; Read more

Students, youth, lead calls for democracy in Eswatini

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

The LGBT Pride parade took place for the second time in Sarajevo, under tight security measures to avoid incidents which potentially involve counter protesters from conservative organisations. According to the Sarajevo Open Center, the decision of the Sarajevo Canton, Municipality of Centar, and the City of Sarajevo to cover the costs of additional security measures at the pride march, which were ordered by the Ministry of the Interior of Sarajevo Canton, is a remarkable victory when it comes to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly of LGBTI people. Protests were also staged by coal miners and by the "Justice for David" group. A series of hacker attacks on the news portal nezavisne.com, which lasted for several days from 10th August has been deemed a violation of journalist rights and media freedom by the Association of Bosnian Journalists. Read more

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

CSOs express grave concerns over the rising death toll and mass arrests in response to protests in Khuzestan and other Iranian provinces; New report raises concerns about alleged reprisals against human rights defenders for Cooperation with the United Nations; several activists detained and sentenced on spurious charges; Read more

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

Three human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in Venezuela

At the end of June 2021, civil society organisations in Venezuela condemned the “Communal Cities” bill under discussion in the National Assembly. According to the organisations, the legislative project is unconstitutional and would result in the creation of parallel bodies of territorial and administrative management, replacing elected bodies such as governors’ offices, mayors’ offices and municipal councils. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Three human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in Venezuela