In the last few months, the Civicus Monitor Update has reported on series of protests and strikes against austerity measures in West Africa. The Gambia is currently at the bottom of the ratings whereas Cape Verde is the only country in the ‘Open’ category followed by Senegal and Ghana in the ‘Narrowed’ category according to the ratings. Most countries are however in the ‘Obstructed’ category with a couple of ‘Repressed’ outliers such as Cameroon, Mauritania and Chad. Issues regarding this trend have been identified as criminal defamation (and press offences being criminalised), with excessive violence towards protesters in (Togo, Guinea, Niger and Mali).
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