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A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

🕔02:39, 6.Jun 2014

Turkish police have detained more than 100 activists, journalists and lawyers taking part in Gezi Park anniversary protests in May and June. It’s just one sign that freedom of expression is still under threat in Turkey, say IFEX members. Last

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Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

🕔07:12, 24.May 2014

On 22 May 2014, Egyptian security forces, alongside security personnel dressed in civilian attire, raided the Alexandria branch of the Egyptian Center for Economic & Social Rights (ECESR) arresting 15 activists, including two minors and two ECESR staff and confiscating

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US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

🕔08:09, 21.May 2014

US military training to Cambodia’s abusive armed forces could easily be misused against the political opposition and labor unions and may violate US law. The US military support was evident in official publicity material and personal pages posted on Facebook during the

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Concern over court orders issued against Cambodian union leader

🕔17:10, 26.Apr 2014

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses grave concerns over the severe measures taken by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday 22 April 2014 to restrict the union rights of Mr. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of

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Cambodian park remains off limits as political party supporters beaten by security guards

🕔09:02, 21.Apr 2014

On the morning of Monday 21 April 2014, at least ten Cambodian National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) supporters and onlookers were beaten, including four seriously injured, by private security guards, as elected CNRP Member of Parliament Ms. Mu Sochua was chased

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Saudi rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair arrested, family denied access

🕔03:42, 18.Apr 2014

Saudi authorities should immediately release prominent human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention when he attended a hearing in his case on

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Repressive anti-terrorism law threatens peaceful dissent in Pakistan

🕔16:46, 16.Apr 2014

Pakistan’s draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan’s international legal obligations. The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, which was approved by President Mamnoon Hussain on October 20, 2013 and the National Assembly on April 7, 2014,

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Bahraini civil society: Freedom of association must be respected for dialogue to be possible

🕔03:53, 12.Apr 2014

The undersigned civil society organizations would like to first express gratitude for the important role that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has and continues to play in addressing human rights violations in Bahrain. Bahraini civil

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Despite upcoming elections, rights abuses continue in Fiji

🕔03:17, 11.Apr 2014

Every year over 400,000 tourists flock to the pristine islands of Fiji, its celestial exterior barely revealing a turbulent political past. Fiji has been without an elected government since Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama seized power in a December 2006 military

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Freedom of assembly "on hold" in Cambodia, says human rights group

🕔03:15, 11.Apr 2014

On 8 April 2014, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) released a Briefing Note focusing on freedom of assembly in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), and the current unlawful ban on all assemblies, announced by the Ministry of Interior on 4

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Saudi activist kidnapped by security forces and sentenced to six years in jail

🕔03:09, 11.Apr 2014

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the verdict issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh on 7 April 2014 sentencing Hussein Abu Zeid to six years in jail and banning him from traveling for the same period

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Moroccan security forces target and assault certain protesters during workers' march

🕔15:27, 10.Apr 2014

Eight protesters belonging to the “February 20″ movement were arrested by Moroccan security forces on 6 April 2014 during their participation in a workers’ march in Casablanca. The march was organised by the Moroccan Workers’ Union (UMT), the Democratic Confederation

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In welcome development, UN resolution recognises role of journalists covering protests

🕔02:55, 9.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders hails the resolution on “the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests” that the UN Human Rights Council adopted on 28 March 2014. It recognizes and endorses the essential role journalists play

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As Formula 1 begins, state of human rights in Bahrain takes a turn for the worse

🕔10:07, 8.Apr 2014

On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place at 6 pm today [6 April 2014] in Sakhir, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy (BIRD) and Bahrain Youth Society for

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In welcome development, UN resolution recognises role of journalists covering protests

🕔08:38, 8.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders hails the resolution on “the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests” that the UN Human Rights Council adopted on 28 March 2014. It recognizes and endorses the essential role journalists play

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Russia: Proposed amendments to law on public gatherings threaten freedom of assembly

🕔17:30, 3.Apr 2014

  Russia‘s State Duma should drop proposed amendments that would further restrict the law on public gatherings, Human Rights Watch said today. The draconian amendments and other recent pernicious legislative initiatives to suppress critics of the government take Russia even

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Cambodia: Where is my justice?

🕔17:19, 3.Apr 2014

Massive protests have been held in Cambodia in the past months by garment workers, monks, victims of forced evictions and supporters of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party among other groups. In response, Cambodian security forces have cracked down on

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Increased pressure from China threatens Tibetans in Nepal

🕔16:58, 3.Apr 2014

Nepal has imposed increasing restrictions on Tibetans living in the country as a result of strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published on April 1, 2014. The new Nepali government should make it clear

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Police use violence against protesters in Jordan

🕔06:32, 2.Apr 2014

Jordan should conduct an independent investigation into allegations that police used excessive force against demonstrators during a March 19, 2014, protest in Amman. The protest in front of the parliament building was over Jordan’s refusal to expel the Israeli ambassador

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UN Rights Council members urged to reject proposed amendments to resolution on peaceful protest

🕔05:10, 29.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19 together with 15 other leading international human rights organisations has called on Member States of the Human Rights Council to reject amendments, proposed by South Africa and a group of “like minded States”, to weaken a resolution on

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Journalists obstructed as police use force at Taiwan student demonstration

🕔05:00, 27.Mar 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Association of Taiwan Journalists (ATJ) in condemning the restraining of media reporting on a student-led demonstration in Taiwan which led to a violent confrontation between police and protestors earlier this

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"Where Is My Justice?" campaign seeks truth for victims of violence by security forces in Cambodia

🕔04:40, 27.Mar 2014

On the occasion of the international Right to Truth Day – 24 March 2014 – the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) launched its new “Where Is My Justice?” campaign and called on all partners and supporters to join CCHR

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Russia: Government tightens screws after Sochi

🕔03:06, 25.Mar 2014

Russian authorities have detained hundreds of peaceful protesters in recent weeks, in most cases arbitrarily and in some cases with unnecessary force, Human Rights Watch said today. The detentions are part of a new crackdown on free expression and assembly as the

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Sudanese government attacks civilians, peaceful student protesters

🕔05:13, 22.Mar 2014

Sudan’s government has renewed ground and air attacks on civilians in villages in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also cracked down on students in Khartoum peacefully protesting the violence in Darfur, resulting in the death of

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Jordanian security forces crack down on protest calling for prisoner's release

🕔05:08, 22.Mar 2014

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the Jordanian security force’s use of excessive force in the dispersal of a protest held on 18 March 2014 in front of the House of Representatives calling for the release of

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Protest and counter-protest: An interactive timeline of the civil unrest in Venezuela

🕔05:08, 20.Mar 2014

When students organised country-wide protests on 12 February 2014 to bring to light issues of security and the detentions of university students at earlier demonstrations, no-one could have predicted that Venezuela would have been thrown into more than a month

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What does the state of media freedom tell us about Burma's "transition to democracy"?

🕔05:07, 20.Mar 2014

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments

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Algerian authorities crack down on protesters as election nears

🕔13:46, 18.Mar 2014

Algerian authorities are deploying large numbers of police and arresting protesters to prevent demonstrations in the capital in advance of the April 17, 2014 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials recently targeted a movement opposed to a fourth

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Statement to UN Human Rights Council: On the promotion and protection of civic space

🕔05:27, 15.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19, Civicus, European Centre for Non-Profit Law, International Centre for Non-Profit Law, and World Movement for Democracy delivered the following joint oral statement to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: A diverse and independent civil society

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Imprisonment of three activists highlights plight of female rights defenders in Iran

🕔15:25, 12.Mar 2014

Iran’s government should immediately and unconditionally free three female rights defenders unlawfully detained for their support of women, students, and political dissidents, Human Rights Watch said on March 8, 2014, International Women’s Rights Day. On March 2, 2014, one of

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