· June, 2014

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2014

“Happy” in Thailand? How the Coup Regime is Still Suppressing Democracy

Mass media is being censored, Facebook is under fire and even the Hunger Games salute has been outlawed. Are Thais truly "happy" under the military regime?

Iran's Internet Under Hassan Rouhani: Hope and Disillusionment as Narenji Bloggers Face Prison Sentence

What explains the recent moves to tighten controls within Iran’s cyberspace alongside Rouhani’s liberal Internet ethos? Mahsa Alimardani and Fred Petrossian explain in this exclusive #longread for GVA.

STATEMENT: Global Voices Demands Release of Tajik Scholar Alexander Sodiqov

The Global Voices community calls for the release of Alexander Sodiqov, a Tajik-born University of Toronto PhD student and Global Voices author currently detained in Tajikistan.

Tajik Government Silent on “Disappeared” Global Voices Contributor

Tajik authorities have allegedly paraded University of Toronto researcher Alexander Sodiqov, who disappeared three days ago, on television in an apparent attempt to discredit him and an opposition politician.

Administrative Court Lawsuit: Stop Social Media Surveillance in Egypt

Human rights groups in Egypt filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the Ministry of Interior’s plans to procure software capable of monitoring public and private conversations on social media.

Tajik Authorities Detain Global Voices Contributor

Former Global Voices Central Asia Editor Alexander Sodiqov was detained by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan while conducting research for his PhD thesis. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Hong Kong Voting Site Suffers Massive DDoS Attack Before Civil Referendum

Thirty hours after testing their online system, Hong Kong University's voting site endured the largest distributed denial of service attack in its history.

54 Days in Prison and Counting for Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers

Six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective and three journalists have been in prison with no formal charges since April 25, 2014.

Get the Facts: The Case of Jailed Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah

Convicted of organizing a protest without a permit, Alaa has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Get the legal facts on his case and connect with the #FreeAlaa campaign...

Interview: Thailand's Coup Brings Self-Censorship, Curtailment of Free Speech

In this interview with a Thai citizen, we learn the impact of the ongoing military coup on the media and online freedom of expression in Thailand.

New Study: How to Archive Public Information in the Era of Habeas Data

As more and more public information becomes freely accessible, how should these documents be managed? Advocates in Latin America, a global leader access to public data, tackle the question.

Delfi v. Estonia: Website Liability for User Comments Would Stifle Free Expression

Comment is free - until it isn't. The European Court of Human Rights will soon decide whether websites should be held legally responsible for the content of user comments.

Digital Citizen 1.7

Digital Citizen reviews news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. We begin this report with a tribute to fallen friend and colleague, Bassem Sabry.

Get the Facts: Egypt Ramps Up Digital Surveillance

Egypt's Ministry of Interior wants to monitor all online content -- public and private. Learn what the government is doing now, and what it's hoping to do in the future.

How the NSA Violates International Human Rights Standards

Under NSA surveillance programs, the US government has violated international human rights doctrine and even its own laws. Know the facts and learn how you can reclaim your digital privacy.

Moroccan Rapper Behind Bars While Justin Timberlake Performs A Few Miles Away

Activists have launched a campaign to free local rapper El-Haqed, who was arrested under what they say are trumped up charges, while the state sponsors Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys.

Get the Facts: 365 Days of Snowden Leaks

Since June 5, 2013, a lot has been uncovered about worldwide digital surveillance. Here's a round-up of some of the most significant things we've learned from the Snowden leaks.

3 Ways the Russian Government Plans to Police the Web

Several state agencies in Russia are now involved in drafting bylaws that will determine how officials actually enforce a series of controversial new Internet regulations.

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