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How national ID systems make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations

How national ID systems make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations

This statement was originally published on privacyinternational.org on 29 March 2021. Governments around the world are increasingly making registration in national ID systems mandatory for populations to access social benefits, healthcare services, and other forms of state support. By virtue of their design, these systems inevitably exclude certain population groups from obtaining an ID and

CPJ sends letter calling on Myanmar government to release all journalists

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 6 April 2021. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Chairman State Administration Council Naypyidaw, Myanmar April 6, 2021 Sent via email Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent non-governmental, non-partisan organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, writes to request that you order the

EFF: India’s strict rules for online intermediaries undermine freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 7 April 2021. India has introduced draconian changes to its rules for online intermediaries, tightening government control over the information ecosystem and what can be said online. It has created rules that seek to restrict social media companies and other content hosts from coming up with their

Silencing dissent in MENA: How authorities are targeting exiles, journalists and prisoners of conscience

Egypt targets its critics abroad. New moves to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its human rights record. Heightened calls for the release of Bahrain’s prisoners of conscience. Authorities in Morocco charge critical journalists with sex crimes. Silencing coverage of a royal rift in Jordan. A gag order in Jordan Jordanian authorities banned media coverage of

Greek crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz shot dead in Athens

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 9 April 2021. The International Press Institute today joins the Media Freedom Rapid Response in expressing horror at the fatal shooting of Greek crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz outside his house in Athens this afternoon and urging investigators to immediately establish whether the killing was related to his

Urgent call to release Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja on his 60th birthday and 10th anniversary of his detention

To: United Nations Secretary General and diplomatic Missions  United Nations Special Rapporteurs/Targeted Governments Re: Urgent call to release Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja on his 60th birthday and 10th anniversary of his detention  Your Excellencies, We the undersigned, representing civil society organisations from around the world, write to bring to your urgent attention the continued detention of human

Thailand: Groups say NGO law would strike severe blow to human rights

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 2 April 2021. The Thai authorities’ adoption of a draft law to regulate non-profit groups would strike a severe blow to human rights in Thailand, several international organizations said today. The bill is the latest effort by the Thai government to pass repressive legislation to muzzle civil

Papua New Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 31 March 2021. The Papua New Guinea government has failed to live up to commitments on women’s rights, children’s rights, and police accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a recent submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Papua New Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights situation

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