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Overview

Authorities continued to arrest, prosecute, detain and convict activists linked to the mass, peaceful protest movement known as Hirak, as well as human rights defenders and journalists for expressing their views or covering protests. Courts increasingly resorted to terrorism-related charges to prosecute and detain activists and journalists for their alleged ties with two unregistered political organizations. Authorities disbanded a prominent association. They also ordered at least three churches to close and prosecuted at least six Christians for exercising their right to freedom of religion. Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants were expelled to Niger without due process. Discrimination against women in law and practice continued, and consensual same-sex sexual relations remained criminalized.

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Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years

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