Monthly Archives: February 2021

Bangladesh: Writer Mushtaq Ahmed dies after 9 months in custody

This statement was originally published on on 26 February 2021. Bangladesh authorities should conduct a transparent and independent investigation into the circumstances of Mushtaq Ahmed’s death in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Ahmed, a writer, died in prison on February 25, 2021, after being held in pretrial detention for nine months for posting on

Bangladesh: ‘Release Ahmed Kabir Kishore before he dies in custody’

This statement was originally published on on 26 February 2021. What now for detained cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore as allegations of mistreatment and torture surface and his co-accused, the writer Mushtaq Ahmed, is reported DOA at a hospital outside Dhaka? Readers of this website over the past year will know that Ahmed Kabir Kishore,

Pakistan: Mob vandalizes office of country’s largest media house

This statement was originally published on on 23 February 2021. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the violent attack on the central office of the Geo and Jang media group in the metropolitan city of Karachi.  We are concerned that a group of protestors was able to vandalize property and manhandle staff of Pakistan’s largest media house without

Iran amends law to further stifle freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on on 19 February 2021. Two new additional provisions to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code will pose serious risks to the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion and belief in Iran. ARTICLE 19 is deeply dismayed that Iran’s parliament has passed these provisions in breach of international

UAE: Ill-treated prisoners of conscience continue to suffer in Emirati prisons after serving sentences

This statement was originally published on on 22 February 2021. On every religious or national occasion, the higher authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issue decrees to pardon convicted prisoners, a tradition that has been in place since the establishment of the state in 1971. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) protests

Tunisia: LGBTI activists face police violence and online harassment

This statement was originally published on on 23 February 2021. Tunisian security forces have repeatedly targeted protesters, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) activists at protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The targeting involved arbitrary arrests, physical assaults, threats to rape and kill, and refusing access to legal counsel. Human Rights Watch documented

ARTICLE 19 and BAJ: UN must take further action on Belarus

This statement was originally published on on 25 February 2021. ARTICLE 19 and the Belarusian Association of Journalists’ full statement during the enhanced interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the situation of human rights in Belarus at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council. I make this statement on behalf of

Hitman gets 15 years for murdering Daphne Caruana Galzia, three others arrested for supplying the bomb

This statement was originally published on on 24 February 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes developments in the murder case of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, where one of three accused hitmen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after entering a guilty plea, and three men have been arrested under suspicion