The authorities routinely harass and arrest relatives of activists as a tactic of intimidation.
In one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters, mere dissent can lead to years in jail.
Tens of thousands fled over the border after the disputed 2020 elections. Now, many are volunteering to help the war effort.
"I will leave or go to prison, but I will not shoot."
Beatings and torture, long an issue of concern, have become commonplace since the August 2020 uprising.
While some asylum seekers have been moved to temporary accommodation, the underlying issues remain unresolved.