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Stories about Human Rights

11 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist

The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

10 December 2014

Break the Silence: Campaign for Jailed Human Rights Activists

On Human Rights Day, we remind the world of our many friends who have broken the silence of oppression by expressing their thoughts, asking questions, and thinking critically.

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

3 December 2014

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.

27 November 2014

Authorities Take Healthy Milk Activist to Court in Serbia

Serbian authorities have increasingly been calling online activists in for questioning. Now activist Marko Živković is being called into court for publicly complaining about milk regulations 20 months ago.

26 November 2014

Netizen Report: In Vietnam, Reports from Prison Renew Fears of Jailed Blogger's Fate

This week's report covers Venezuela's new draft law on "cyber terrorism", Google's latest woes in the EU, and new security guides from some of our favorite experts.

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

21 November 2014

University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners is Killed in Bangladesh

A Facebook group claimed responsibility for hacking to death a university professor. After a few days of receiving abuse reports from users, Facebook took down the page.

20 November 2014

Digital Security Guide for African Environmental Rights Defenders

As they increasingly use digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, environmental rights defenders in Africa have become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and online harassment.

18 November 2014

At Home and Around the World, Supporters Demand Justice for Vietnamese Blogger Dang Xuan Dieu

A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.