· June, 2017

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2017

Caught Between Saudi Coalition and Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Journalists Face Challenges on All Sides

Press freedom in Yemen is facing "eradication".

Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng Detained, Stripped of Citizenship, and Exiled to France

"I wrote blogs and continued to express my views on issues like democracy, corruption, territorial sovereignty. This is something that anybody could do, and to be honest, everybody should do."

Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target

The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

How the Mexican Government Puts Citizens Under Systematic Surveillance

Evidence shows that espionage tools have been used for years against Mexican activists, journalists and people who hold dissenting opinions or oppose the current government in some form.

Angered by Online Censorship, Palestinians Say #NoToBlocking

Blocked websites are known for their criticism of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

#FreeNassar: Palestinian Authority Arrests a Student Over a Facebook Post

Nassar Jaradat criticized a Palestinian official who stated that the Western Wall should “remain under Israeli sovereignty".

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

ICT Minister announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

Pakistani Journalist Takes Intelligence Agency to Court Over Harassment

"Many friends have also confided tht seeing me go thru all wht i've had to has made thm self censor even more. Climate of fear persists"

Indian Journalists Demand Press Freedom Protections After State Agents Raid Broadcaster Offices

“We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces."

Myanmar Activist Charged with Defamation for Livestreaming a Satirical Play about the Army

“I streamed it live so that my friends could watch it because my son participated in the drama. I did not intend to defame the military," the activist told reporters.

Myanmar Journalists Unite Against Online Defamation Law

"Many people believe that the previous government, run by ex-generals, created such a legal mechanism to be able to sue those who stood against their administration."

Artists and Writers Celebrate the Work of Missing Syrian Developer Bassel Safadi

"I’ve lived all my life dreaming of Freedom, and Bassel taught me to embrace it. I feel overwhelmed when I mention his name."

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

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