· March, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from March, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Algeria crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

China to expel American journalists from three US news outlets, watchdog decries threat to press freedom

China announced it would expel American journalists working for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The ban would extend to Hong Kong and Macau.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

Groundswell of support to free Julian Assange around February extradition hearing

"Don’t be fooled: Julian Assange is a journalist, not a hacker, and the US wants to make his work—national security journalism—a crime"

How Chinese social media platforms control information on COVID-19

At the initial stage of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, censors curbed public alerts on the threat. Later, censorship was broadened to include criticism of leaders and policies.

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia

"Punishing women for their choice of clothing is part of the root cause of violence, rather than its cure, and must be rejected.”

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

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