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Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

In early April 2018, the police together with the student wing of the ruling party unleashed violence against students protesting in Dhaka against the quota system. Read more

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

New opposition protests and HRD arrested as political dialogue comes to a halt

On 11th April 2018, security forces dispersed opposition protests in Lomé and other towns in the country, reportedly using tear gas and causing several injuries. According to the opposition coalition, at least 25 people were injured and two opposition leaders were targeted by security forces. Read more

 New opposition protests and HRD arrested as political dialogue comes to a halt

Slow progress on reforms by new leadership ahead of elections

In the lead up to elections, progress on political and human rights reforms have been slow while civil society and journalists continue to face threats and attacks. Police continue to use excessive force to disperse protests. Read more

Slow progress on reforms by new leadership ahead of elections

A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Several journalists and activists were banned from traveling abroad mainly in the context of Cuba general elections Read more

 A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Newly-elected President George Weah promises to protect freedom of expression

On 22nd January 2018, George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's president following Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was Liberia's president from 2005 to 2018. Liberians witnessed, for the first time since 1944, one democratically-elected leader voluntarily making way for another. Read more

 Newly-elected President George Weah promises to protect freedom of expression

Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Kenyan authorities took media outlets off the air and arrested and harassed opposition members around the mock inauguration of Raila Odinga. Student leader Evans Njoroge was shot dead by police on 27th February in Meru after participating in a demonstration Read more

Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Environmental and indigenous rights defender Ricardo Mayumi , an opponent of a dam in Ifugao was shot dead. A government petition labelled several local indigenous rights activists as “terrorists”. Read more

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

In the past few weeks, several activists, human right defenders, activists and trade unionists have been arbitrarily detained in the Republic of Congo. Read more

Activists arbitrarily arrested and break-in at human rights NGO

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Activist and artist Fahmi Reza was convicted for posting a clown caricature of the prime minister on social media . Courts maintains travel ban on political cartoonist Zunar. Proposed legislation to curb fake news raises concerns Read more

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister