North Africa: Human rights developments in five years since ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings
Five years ago, on 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, an impoverished young street trader, set himself alight in an ultimately fatal act of protest against the repressive government in Tunisia. As the protests spread to Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and other states, it appeared that a seismic political shift was taking place across the Arab region that would see its governments forced by their citizenry to adopt far-reaching reforms as the price for retaining power. This document provides an overview of human rights developments in the countries where there were uprisings five years ago.
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