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Stories about Human Rights

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and then renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

13 July 2015

Serbian Authorities Take Control of A Man's Facebook Account Following Alleged Threats Against PM Vucic

Police in Serbia seem to have overstepped boundaries in search and seizure proceedings, taking over a personal Facebook account without a court order.

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

10 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.3

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations

"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."

9 July 2015

ISIS Hacks Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Website and Threatens its Director

The ISIS cyber army allegedly threatened Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman for his role in documenting human rights abuses committed by all parties in the ongoing war in Syria.

Netizen Report: Ethiopians Demand Release of All Jailed Journalists Approaching Obama Visit

As five of the Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers walk free, with four still in prison, Venezuela blames Internet outages on protesters and Arab activists respond to the Hacking Team hack.

Five Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.