· August, 2013

Stories about Human Rights from August, 2013

27 August 2013

Transparency Reform in Mexico: A Step Backward in the Name of Security?

The Attorney General, the President of the National Bank, and other high-ranking authorities may soon be able to overrule actions of the Federal Institute for Access to Information, the semi-autonomous...

23 August 2013

In Thailand, Facebook ‘Likes’ Can Land You in Jail

On major chat and social network platforms, law enforcement officials are now monitoring users of keywords including "coup", "monarchy", "drugs", "prostitution", and other terms deemed relevant to national security.

22 August 2013

Advocates Condemn New Filtering System in Pakistan

IT Minister Anusha Rehman says the new system will allow the government to lift its nearly year-old ban on YouTube, leaving only “objectionable” videos blocked on the site. Meanwhile, many...

21 August 2013

Controversial Human Rights Lawyer Arrested in Bangladesh

Adilur Khan was arrested without a warrant, allegedly for helping his employer, prominent human rights group Odhikar, to publish a report on police abuse. The report has raised substantial public...

19 August 2013

Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App

Government officials would monitor the messaging application to track online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.

16 August 2013

From North to South, the Government is Watching You

While many eyes remain fixed on the surveillance activities of the United States, citizens in Colombia, Mexico, Panama and many other Latin American countries are also at risk of abuses...

14 August 2013

Fifty Bloggers Demand the Release of Bahrain's Mohammed Hassan

On 31 July, blogger Mohammed Hassan was arrested from his parents' house in the Bahraini town of Sitra without an arrest warrant. Hassan is accused of “promoting a forced change...

10 August 2013

A Starving Blogger's Vietnam Crusade

Vietnamese dissident blogger Dieu Cay, who is currently in prison, went on a 35-day hunger strike this summer in protest of prison conditions. Though repression continues, observers say that for...

9 August 2013

The Religious Right Rises! Advocates Face High Stakes in Pakistan

State institutions create new lists of URLs each day and block them routinely. Advocates who challenge state censorship and surveillance practice face increasingly grave threats from both the government and...

2 August 2013

Six Years in a Russian Prison for Sharing Porn?

A Russian blogger got in trouble with local authorities after reposting pictures from a nightclub's social networking page featuring half-naked patrons engaged in striptease contests and public sex acts.