Monthly Archives: January 2020

Thailand urged to stop harassment of ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ organizers

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 10 January 2020. Thai authorities should immediately halt the harassment of activists organising a running event to protest persistent authoritarianism in Thailand, said Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and ARTICLE 19. The government should take immediate steps to ensure that Thai citizens and other concerned persons are able

India’s Supreme Court orders review of Kashmir internet shutdown

This statement was originally published on sflc.in on 10 January 2020. SFLC.in welcomes the judgment pronounced today by the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin v Union Of India(W.P(C) no. 1031 of 2019) wherein the Court has directed that shutdown orders must adhere to the principle of proportionality and must be temporary in nature. SFLC.in maintains

Malaysia: Should anti-corruption agency release the audio recording of ex-prime minister?

This statement was originally published on CIJ’s Facebook page on 9 January 2020. The recent release of audio recordings by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raises issues about whether or not communications surveillance is carried out with proper accountability and how such surveillance information is handled by the government authorities. There are several issues of

Ukraine: Doubts raised about investigation into murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 10 January 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about inconsistencies in the evidence for the Ukrainian authorities’ claim to have solved news website editor Pavel Sheremet’s 2016 murder, and urges them to continue the investigation and to be more transparent as they do so. After a

Russia escalates persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 9 January 2020. Law enforcement authorities across Russia have dramatically escalated the nationwide persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the past 12 months, Human Rights Watch said today. One year after President Vladimir Putin said that the crackdown against them should be “looked into,” the numbers of house

MRA asks government to implement measures to ensure safety of journalists

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 23 December 2019. Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on the Nigerian Government to adopt and implement policies and laws instituting preventive measures aimed at eliminating or reducing attacks against journalists and ensuring routine but diligent prosecution of perpetrators of attacks against journalists. According to the organization,

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