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Tunisia: Repressive policies and arbitrary restrictions on freedoms

This statement was originally published on on 11 September 2021. Dozens placed under arbitrary house arrests Arbitrary and politically motivated acts of repression have proliferated in Tunisia since July 25, 2021, when President Kais Saied suspended parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. He also lifted parliamentary immunity, dismissed the head of government, and took control of

Ecuadorian journalist Virginia Suárez receives death threats

This statement was originally published on on 2 September 2021. Ecuadorian authorities must investigate death threats made against journalist Virginia Suárez and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Suárez, who covers politics in the central town of Ventanas for her twice-weekly live news program called “Tus noches con Virginia”

An online SOS: How social media companies can provide real-time support for targets of online abuse

This statement was originally published on on 31 August 2021. As part of our effort to #FightOnlineAbuseNow, we’re publishing a series of pieces about the harm online abuse poses to free speech – but also what Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies can do to blunt its worst effects. The online abuse that writers, journalists,

Ray of hope in Zambia, shadow over north-eastern DRC, and the need for stronger whistleblower protection

Zambia’s election restores hope The peaceful transfer of power in Zambia following opposition presidential candidate Haikande Hichelema’s victorious win over incumbent President Edgar Lungu in the 12 August election restored some hope. It was a far cry from the excessive violence and disruption that people were expecting. Among the many vital takeaways from the election

Thailand: Government urged to do more to protect protesters from violence

This statement was originally published on on 1 September 2021. 1 September 2021 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Royal Thai Government Government House 1 Phitsanulok Road Dusit, Bangkok Thailand Re: Concerns regarding the right to peaceful assembly in Thailand Dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, We, the 13 undersigned organizations, write to express our concern regarding

Mass surveillance, press crackdowns, and punishing prisoners of conscience – impunity reigns in MENA

Spyware targets Bahraini activists. Tunisia and Algeria’s worrying state of free expression. Prisoners of conscience denied medical care in Egypt and Iran amidst the pandemic. Enforced disappearances persist amidst unaddressed impunity. Spyware attacks and unchecked mass surveillance A new report from Citizen Lab and Red Line for Gulf identified nine Bahraini rights workers, including three