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The authorities intensified their campaign to stifle all forms of public criticism and peaceful dissent. Journalists and activists critical of the government faced arbitrary detention, unfounded prosecutions, and unfair trials. Some activists were held in conditions amounting to torture or other ill-treatment. Peaceful demonstrators faced serious restrictions. Legislative initiatives endorsing cultural traditions and regulating NGOs unduly restricted the rights to freedom of expression and association and threatened to stifle the previously vibrant civil society. Women and girls with disabilities faced a higher risk of sexual violence and lacked effective access to justice.

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