August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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]
June 16, 2014
by William Hibbitts
UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep alarm on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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]
January 18, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
In a speech Friday, US President Barack Obama announced detailed plans to change surveillance policy, curbing the abilities of intelligence agencies to collect and use American phone data. Reform to the program entails a handful of initiatives outlined by Obama, focusing on additional oversight, ...[read more]
December 31, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to reject the country's recently-passed counterterrorism law. HRW alleged that the law's definition of terrorism is overly broad, and will impose unfair restrictions on free speech and unduly criminalize any ...[read more]
October 25, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Wednesday condemned the Iranian government for the high number of executions this year and restrictions on freedom of speech. Despite having been refused entry into Iran since his ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Egypt has been sharply criticized by international organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) and HRW for its poor state of human rights before, during and after the 2011 revolution. Protestors demanded the overthrow of Mubarak for grievances related to police brutality, state of emergency ...[read more]
June 14, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
Activist attorney and former government prosecutor Larry Klayman filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the government's recently revealed phone data collection. Klayman, founder of the political advocacy group Freedom Watch, ...[read more]

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