Stories about Human Rights from December, 2013
2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin
NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.
In the Internet Policy World, Who Gets to be Civil Society?
Reflections on IGF 2013, human rights, and the somewhat murky concept of "civil society" from the gang at Global Voices Advocacy.
A Different Kind of Free Speech
There are currently 142 people in prison or detention for "politically motivated reasons" in Azerbaijan. Activist and blogger Arzu Geybullayeva reflects on the country's approach to human rights and Internet governance in 2013.
Dozens Detained on Human Rights Day in Cuba
Bloggers, punk rockers, intellectuals, dissidents, and a pair of Argentine tourists were all detained in Cuba last week, just in time for international Human Rights Day.
In Tibet and Uyghur Regions, Internet Blackouts Are the Norm
In Uyghur and Tibetan minority regions of western China, authorities routinely shut down the Internet in response to protests and rioting.
Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan Reportedly Killed by Regime
Uncertainty continues over the fate of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan, winner of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2013, arrested in October 2012 by the Assad regime.
Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh Kidnapped in Syria
Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.
Nigeria: Gagging Critics or Fighting Cyber Crime?
Nigerian lawmakers are considering multiple bills of law that aim to target online fraud and financial crime, but could undercut key civil liberties along the way.
Spain: Public Safety Bill or Threat to Civil Rights?
A new "anti-protest" bill in Spain could prohibit calling for protests via the Internet, circulating riot images during demonstrations, and "violence against street furniture."
Video: Who Controls the Internet?
What is Internet governance? A new video from Fundacion Karisma offers a short, illustrated tutorial on one of the murkiest topics plaguing digital rights activists today.
UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan
Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on trumped-up charges of tax evasion -- but experts suspect that the "real purpose" of his detention and prosecution was to silence Quan, who is an active human rights advocate.
Syrian Activists: Crimes Against Media Workers Must Stop
Media organizations in Syria speak out against the increasing harassment of journalists by jihadist groups in the country.