The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined ?4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May with... ...[read more]
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda ...[read more]
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court ...[read more]
A judge in the southern Iranian province of Fars on Tuesday ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court regarding complaints that his company's Instagram and Whatsapp applications have violated individuals' privacy. The Iranian Students' News Agency quoted Iranian Internet ...[read more]
Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious ...[read more]
The rise of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter has allowed users worldwide to share original content with others instantaneously. While often criticized as celebrations of the mundane, a major function of social media services is to serve as forums for public discussion. By ...[read more]
05/31/2010: Pakistan court lifted Facebook ban.
06/06/2010: Bangladesh government lifted Facebook ban after removal of Muhammad caricatures.
02/08/2011: Syria lifted ban on social media sites Facebook, YouTube.
07/05/2012: UN Human Rights Council passed resolution to protect Internet ...[read more]
The death toll in the three-year Syrian conflict has exceeded 150,000, a British-based human rights group announced on Tuesday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 150,344 persons have died since the uprising began in March 2011. The death toll includes 51,212 civilians, ...[read more]
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video posted online showing Sotoudeh giving a speech that voices support for what she ...[read more]