· March, 2017

Stories about Human Rights from March, 2017

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

‘Those who tortured him [should] tell us the truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

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