Stories about Activism

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

Two Iranian rights activists revisit the November 2019 internet shutdown

“Hundreds of protestors were killed in a matter of three days and most of the world was not aware of what happened.’’

In Lebanon, journalists and activists who cover protests face threats

Media professionals have raised their voices against the use of excessive force against them while they are trying to cover the mass protests.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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