Human rights in Rakeo
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Rakeo is an openly totalitarian state which heavily restricts human rights, historically engaging in arbitrary arrests, indefinite detention, and deportations. Numerous groups within Rakeo exert extrajudicial powers over citizenry which is either ignored or condoned by the government. In addition to not observing the authority of the TCN, Rakeo has no outstanding human rights agreements with any foreign government, making travel ill-advised.
Freedom of speech
Citizens' freedom of speech is heavily limited. Rakeo has no non-governmental radio and television stations, and no internet services beyond Olino Hotel. According to the current tourist code of the country, only citizens registered with cultural or economic institutions (which are state run), may interact with or be interacted with by tourists.
Freedom of press
The only foreign press allowed in Rakeo is translated segments from the Creeperian Canal Cuatro, Canal Seis, and Canal Siete. Radio signals from Sequoyah and Creeperopolis is regionally available, but legally prohibited.
Freedom of movement
Unauthorized emigration from Rakeo is illegal. While no nation has official extradition processes to Rakeo, state security services have allegedly kidnapped defectors.
Freedom of affiliation
The government's use of spies to find dissentients is known as the Black Mark system. In this system, people who are suspected of being involved in antigovernmental or communist activities have their houses marked, either with black paint or (more traditionally, with charcoal. If the behavior of the household isn't corrected, military police are involved, typically resulting in the disappearance of the person(s) in said household. While it's believed that other forms of surveillance and documentation are used to find government enemies, the public and terrorizing nature of the marking system makes it the face of the Directory of Internal Affairs to many citizens.
Tourists, foreign workers, or other visitors suspected of having ties to socialist organizations or otherwise left-wing views may be subjected to increased scrutiny when traveling in Rakeo. Persons living in Rakeo believed to have such ties may find difficulty in finding employment, service at restaurants, or loans. It is unknown if the list is a codified practice.
A large component of the country's ability to surveil its citizens is through an anonymous denunciation system.
Unionization, strikes, sit-ins, and all other forms of labor organization were declared illegal and subversive activities by the Second Republic of Rakeo, and the practice has continue under the Stratocratic regime.
Rakeo does not permit foreign priests of any religion enter the country, and carrying religious material into the country is heavily discouraged. While the country is not state-atheist, it's historical struggles in balancing power between religious and secular authorities have lead to greatly diminished religious freedoms.
In addition, the Catholic Church and its members police religion within areas of majority control. This puts adherents of Protestantism or Islam at increased risk of violence.
Rakeo maintains that it does not detain critics, but satellite images of the country suggest that at least five labor camps are active in the country. The camps are estimated to contain between 35,000 to 60,0000 prisoners.