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EGYPT

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Since the summer of 2013, Egypt’s democratic sphere has faced a heavy crackdown against fundamental freedoms and rights particularly, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, freedom of religion, and the right to a fair trial.

 

VENEZUELA

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Today, Venezuela has more than 100 political prisoners and many more that have fled the country to avoid arrest.  Many of them face charges with no proof or evidence nor have had the benefit of due processes. The Venezuelan government has continued to tighten its control over public space by issuing a resolution authorizing the Armed Forces to maintain “public order” and “social peace” during “public meetings and demonstrations.” 

 

 CUBA

Since Raul Castro assumed power from his older brother Fidel in 2006, Cuba’s democratic space has unfortunately remained limited and restrictive. The government uses arbitrary arrests and other repressive tactics to intimidate human rights activists and journalists seeking to promote democratic values, increase pluralism, and stand up to Cuba’s totalitarian rule.

 ETHIOPIA

Protesters call on the Ethiopian government to respect human rights, Washington DC, USA, 23 September 2006 The banner says: Respect human rights in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and the second largest by population. The country has a unique cultural heritage, being the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - one of the oldest Christian churches - and a monarchy that ended in the coup of 1974.

AZERBAIJAN

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With rich natural resources, Azerbaijan has been economically growing. This rapid economic growth comes with numerous costs: corruption and violations of fundamental human rights. To date, authorities have prosecuted more than 100 democratic activists, independent journalists, and critical social media users with false politically motivated charges such as drug possession, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and even treason. 

BAHRAIN

Responding to the protests known as the “2011 Pearl Uprising,” the Bahraini regime declared martial law for four months, which empowered the government to crackdown on dissent, and a sense of fear was heightened throughout the country. Since the 2011 protests, members of opposition political “societies” have been arrested and the government has established a culture of impunity for those responsible for jailing, torturing, and killing members of the opposition.