March 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on ...[read more]
March 30, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Several UN human rights experts called on Bangladesh Friday to cease violent protests and return to peaceful demonstrations. The Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue expressed concern over attacks against journalists and other media workers, while the Special Rapporteur on ...[read more]
June 22, 2012
by Jamie Reese
Two reports were presented Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council to urge for greater protection for the right to life of journalists and media freedom. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions ...[read more]
October 11, 2011
by Drew Singer
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue on Monday condemned a law in Thailand that criminalizes insulting the country's royal family. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code says that "whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir to the throne or the Regent ...[read more]
July 11, 2011
by Zach Zagger
UN Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue expressed concern Monday that Malaysia's response to protests on Saturday was too strong, restricting freedom of association and hindering democratic process. La Rue was responding to media reports that Malaysian ...[read more]
July 14, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue on Tuesday condemned an Italian bill that would restrict the use of wiretaps and criminalize the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. La Rue urged the Italian government to either abolish or substantially revise the bill, ...[read more]
June 17, 2009
by Brian Jackson
Five UN officials on Tuesday decried the manner in which Myanmar has conducted the trial of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy said that the trial has been marred by flagrant violations of substantive and procedural ri... ...[read more]

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