· January, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2020

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme (and China’s AI aspirations) threw a wrench into the 2018 election

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

28 January 2020

Farewell to Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian blogger and human rights defender

We mourn the passing of Lina Ben Mhenni, a prominent Tunisian blogger, human rights defender, Global Voices contributor and one of the brightest voices of the 2011 Tunisian revolution.

27 January 2020

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

24 January 2020

Morocco intensifies crackdown on freedom of expression

Morocco has a dire record of cracking down on freedom of expression, independent media and press freedom media.

22 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

20 January 2020

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar arrested in Bangladesh for ‘insulting’ Islam

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar is accused of making comments which hurt the “religious sentiment” of Muslims. He says that there is no evidence forbidding music in Islam.

17 January 2020

New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

New legislation criminalizes all types of invasion of privacy via mobile phones, and the publication of images or videos of third parties without their consent.

13 January 2020

Thai journalist convicted over a 2017 Twitter post about a labor conflict

"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."

Supreme Court of India declares internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir unconstitutional

The blockout, imposed since August 2019, has affected the lives of millions of people in Jammu and Kashmir, depriving them of the basic right to access the internet.

8 January 2020

Internet disruption: different terms for different tactics

Now more than ever it is vital for internet users to understand the different vocabulary being used to describe internet interruptions and how they work.

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