Monthly Archives: May 2021

RSF asks Lithuanian prosecutors to investigate Lukashenko for hijacking Ryanair flight

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 25 May 2021. In response to the diversion of a Ryanair flight carrying 126 passengers, including Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formally asked Lithuania’s prosecutors to investigate Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and any other person they identify for criminal hijacking. Читать на русском

New report on Turkey: 213 journalists stood trial in first four months of 2021; at least 68 were in prison

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 25 May 2021. According to the report, during the first four months of 2021, a total of 213 journalists stood trial; 20 journalists were sentenced to a combined 57 years and 10 months in prison. By the end of April, at least 68 journalists were in prison

New report on Turkey: 213 journalists stood trial in the first quarter of 2021; at least 68 were in prison

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 25 May 2021. According to the report, during the first four months of 2021, a total of 213 journalists stood trial; 20 journalists were sentenced to a combined 57 years and 10 months in prison. By the end of April, at least 68 journalists were in prison

EFF sues police standards agency to obtain use of force training materials

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 21 May 2021. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to obtain materials showing how police are trained in the use of force, after the organization cited third-party copyright interests to illegally withhold them from the public. The

Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, call on the Cambodian government to immediately stop its assault on freedom of expression in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, the government has warned against public criticism of its actions, prevented independent journalists from reporting on the pandemic, prosecuted individuals for criticising the inoculation

Belarusian civil society groups call for release of imprisoned blogger Raman Pratasevich

This statement was originally published on baj.by on 24 May 2021. On May 23, blogger Raman Pratasevich was detained by Belarusian security forces at the Minsk National Airport, following the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger airliner. According to available information, Pratasevich is facing charges under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (organization

Vietnam told to stop silencing independent voices ahead of election

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 20 May 2021. The recent arrests of independent candidates running in the upcoming National Assembly election, apparently in reprisal for their social media activity, underscores the intolerance that the Vietnamese government has for critical voices, said ARTICLE 19. Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release the detained

Indonesia urged to suspend and revise new internet regulation

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 21 May 2021. The Indonesian government should suspend and substantially revise a regulation on online content to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said in a May 17, 2021 letter to Indonesia’s minister of communication and information technology. Ministerial Regulation 5 (MR5), which came into force in

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