March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his associates to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin were sentenced ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is a struggle to uphold values of ... ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A coalition of 71 human rights groups released a statement on Monday urging the Syrian government to release three prominent human rights defenders on the third anniversary of their imprisonment. The statement identifies the three men, Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, as Syrian ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the Bahrain government to release the peaceful politician Sheikh Ali Salman. The religious figure serves as the main political opposition to the Bahraini government, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. He was charged in January for inciting ...[read more]

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