Fifty violations were recorded during the period under review (January-March, 2018). Security agents accounted for 24 of the violations. Individuals perpetrated 11 and political party affiliates 10 violations. The other perpetrators were state officials (4) and a media regulatory body (1).
The violations were recorded in 13 out of the 16 countries in West Africa, with Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, and Burkina Faso as the exceptions. Guinea recorded the highest number of violations (nine). Niger recorded eight while Cote d’Ivoire recorded seven. Nigeria recorded six violations, one of its lowest in recent times. Liberia recorded four violations while Ghana, Sierra Leone and Senegal recorded three violations each.
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