Stories about Activism

3 February 2020

Manzoor Pashteen, the young activist who challenged Pakistan's military over human rights abuses, is arrested

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

28 January 2020

Farewell to Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian blogger and human rights defender

We mourn the passing of Lina Ben Mhenni, a prominent Tunisian blogger, human rights defender, Global Voices contributor and one of the brightest voices of the 2011 Tunisian revolution.

27 January 2020

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

24 December 2019

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

12 December 2019

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

28 November 2019

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

‘Suspension won’t silence me’: Teen speaks out after embedding message about Xinjiang Uyghurs in TikTok makeup tutorial

Feroza Aziz used a makeup tutorial as a disguise to criticise China's treatment of Uyghurs on Tiktok.

27 November 2019

Activists in Angola continue to face repression for online and offline activities

Online activists in Angola risk tough reactions from authorities, particularly when their activities are connected to offline activism.

26 November 2019

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

28 October 2019

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

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