· July, 2015

Stories about Human Rights from July, 2015

28 July 2015

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and then renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

13 July 2015

Serbian Authorities Take Control of A Man's Facebook Account Following Alleged Threats Against PM Vucic

Police in Serbia seem to have overstepped boundaries in search and seizure proceedings, taking over a personal Facebook account without a court order.

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

10 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.3

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Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations

"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."

9 July 2015

ISIS Hacks Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Website and Threatens its Director

The ISIS cyber army allegedly threatened Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman for his role in documenting human rights abuses committed by all parties in the ongoing war in Syria.