· May, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from May, 2016

30 May 2016

Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."

23 May 2016

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

13 May 2016

Bulgarian ‘Green’ Activist Faces Lawsuit Over Facebook Post

Bulgarian eco-activist Borislav Sandov was sentenced for "insulting" the director of a mining company through a Facebook status. Court of appeals will hear his case at the end of May.

11 May 2016

Ukrainian Activists Leak Personal Information of Thousands of War Reporters in the Donbas

The international journalist community reacted with consternation and anger to a leaked database of reporters accredited with the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" published by Ukrainian activists.

10 May 2016

#LeyTelecom: Mexican Supreme Court Ratifies Geolocation and Retention of Metadata

Mexico's Supreme Court has ratified the indiscriminate retention of metadata, allowing authorities to use real-time geolocation of mobile devices. But the battle in defense of privacy is far from over.

9 May 2016

In Bangladesh, Extremists Use Social and Mainstream Media Data to Target Victims

A series of killings have alarmed critics and intellectuals about the power that main stream and social media sites possess.