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Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Two months since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup it has launched a brutal crackdown against a protest movement across the country. There have been reports of attacks on compounds of striking public-sector workers and targeting the general population in cities unleashing night-time terror by beating, arresting and even murdering people apparently at random, while destroying or looting private property.
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Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Five HRDs released in Venezuela, but cases of arbitrary detention and intimidation continue

During the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the situation in Venezuela. Read more

Five HRDs released in Venezuela, but cases of arbitrary detention and intimidation continue

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

The Republic of Congo held presidential elections on 21st March 2021 amid an internet shutdown. Prior to the elections, on 15th March 2021, the Episcopal Commission 'Justice and Peace' received communication informing them that they did not have the authorisation to observe the elections. The reason given for the refusal was that the structure did not possess an operating receipt with 'electoral observation' as a declared objective. Read more  |  Read in French

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

Protests, clashes, internet shutdown follows second round of presidential elections

On 27th December 2020, legislative and presidential elections took place in Niger. Observers noted that the presidential elections could be the first peaceful democratic transition between two elected presidents in Niger. Since Niger's independence in 1960, the country experienced four coups.

As none of the presidential candidates gathered more than 50 percent of the votes, a second run-off vote between Mohamed Bazoum of the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and Mahamane Ousmane was organised on 21st February 2021. Protests and clashes erupted on 23rd February 2021 when it was announced that Bazoum had won with 55.75 percent of the votes.

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 Protests, clashes, internet shutdown follows second round  of presidential elections

Bill to regulate social media threatens freedom of expression in Mexico

At the beginning of February 2021, Mexico’s Senate majority leader presented a bill to regulate social media platforms, which could constrain freedom of expression in the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Bill to regulate social media threatens freedom of expression in Mexico

2020 elections marred with gross irregularities spark growing concern for civic space in Tanzania

Tanzania’s general elections took place on 28th October 2020. Incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli claimed a landslide victory with a reported 84% of the vote in the presidential election. In the run-up to the elections, the fairness of the electoral process was repeatedly questioned by national and international observers, who pointed to an uneven playing field between the ruling CCM party and opposition parties. Several violations to civic space were documented in the lead up to, during and after the elections. Read more

2020 elections marred with gross irregularities spark growing concern for civic space in Tanzania

Mass arrests of journalists and safety concerns raised as armed conflict breaks out in Tigray region

The political situation in Ethiopia deteriorated rapidly in the latter quarter of 2020 as the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been engaged in armed conflict with the leading party in the Tigray region. Several violations, including of free expression, have been reported. Read more

Mass arrests of journalists and safety concerns raised as armed conflict breaks out in Tigray region

Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended

Tension has been on the rise in Senegal since the leader of political opposition party PASTEF (Patriotes du Sénégal pour le travail, l’éthique et la fraternité) and member of parliament Ousmane Sonko was accused of sexual assault and death threats. Sonko denies the accusations and accuses authorities of a 'political complot'. Protests and clashes erupted and security forces, killing eight people, journalists have been subjected to threats and political supporters and activists have been arrested.

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Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended

Deadly violence against protesters by security forces as crackdown escalates in Myanmar

Over the last month, protesters demanding an end to the military's rule were met with live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon by security forces as they attempted to disperse protests. Laws have been amended by the military to restrict civic space and there have been ongoing arrests of political leaders, government officials, civil servants, activists, student leaders and doctors, as well as anti-coup protesters. Read more

Deadly violence against protesters by security forces as crackdown escalates in Myanmar

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space

Over the last few months, human rights defenders and activists have continued to be targeted, with many facing trumped up charges. The authorities have also continued the judicial harassment of former members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Journalists and musicians have been convicted while a new sub-decree for an internet gateway puts digital freedoms and privacy at risk Read more

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space