· January, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2018

A Victim of Police Brutality in Myanmar Seeks Justice While Confronting Racist Comments on Social Media

Hate speech comments attacking the complainant based on his facial appearance, skin color, and ethnic identity became more prominent than the original issue of police brutality.

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

The First Mobile Phone Network for Indigenous Communities in Mexico Is Under Threat

"This is the only telecommunications service that these communities have, historically they have not been covered...we believe a clear exemption for this type of operator should be in the law."

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

Netizen Report: Five Months After Houthis Arrested Him, Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Walks Free

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

Yemeni Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Has Been Missing for 150 Days

Before his detention Hisham Al-Omeisy was outspoken about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Despite Threats of Censorship, Documentary Filmmakers Show Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara

The film gives audiences a close look at Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation.

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.

‘If I Don't Oppose Dictatorship, Am I Still a Man?': Chinese Activist Gets Eight Years in Prison

Wu Gan, better known by his nickname “Super Vulgar Butcher”, has been active in Chinese human rights circles since 2008.

What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure

"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."

Caught in Conflict, Internet Users in Yemen Face Blocking, Shutdowns and Slow Speed

Authorities in Yemen have a long history of imposing restrictions on freedom of expression and the right to access information.

Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azerbaijan?

Legal reforms restricting online speech seem to threaten everyone but the ruling elite of Azerbaijan.

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