Nigeria : DSS Arrest Yet Another Government Critic In Crackdown On Free Speech

The government of Nigeria continues to wage  vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices YARPTI  said in a press release today following  the arrest of a  former  Governorship Aspirant in Lagos State  Babatunde Gbadamosi  who is a critic of the Nigerian authorities. He recently made a video which went  viral detailing how the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was selling […]

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Uzbekistan: Political Prisoner Free After 19 Years

Rustam Usmanov, a peaceful political activist imprisoned arbitrarily in Uzbekistan for 19 years and brutally tortured, was finally freed on February 13, 2017, at the end of his prison term, Human Rights Watch said today. Usmanov, 69, a founder of Uzbekistan’s first private bank and a vocal government critic, had been imprisoned since 1998. In 2012, days before his original […]

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UAE: Academic Facing Speech Charges

Nasser bin Ghaith Has Spent 18 months in Pre-Trial Detention An Emirati academic facing charges that include his peaceful criticism of the Egyptian and Emirati authorities will have spent more than 18 months in detention by the time the next session of his trial takes place on February 22, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Nasser bin Ghaith spent nine […]

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Iran: Slain Protester’s Mother Arrested

Son Was Killed in 2009 Post-Election Crackdown Beirut) – The Iranian authorities have arrested and detained the mother of one of the victims of the government’s violent crackdown on protests in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release Shahnaz Karimbeigi, who became an activist after her son was killed and has been in Evin prison since January […]

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Ukraine: Activists ‘Disappeared’ in Separatist Territory

Grey Violet, LGBT activist feared disappeared in eastern Ukraine. Facebook. А Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist and another person have been missing since January 31, 2017, in the separatist-controlled area of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, and are feared to be victims of enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch is concerned that […]

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Kazakhstan: Social media crackdown suffocates freedom of expression online

The Kazakhstani authorities are using increasingly elaborate and aggressive methods to stamp out dissenting voices on the internet and social media, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. Think before you post: Closing down social media space in Kazakhstan documents the steady erosion of the right to freedom of expression online in Kazakhstan over the past two years. The […]

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Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists

Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in […]

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Nigeria: YARPTI condemns DSS invasion of CoreTV

The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) condemns in strong terms the intimidation meted out on workers of CoreTV, a cable and satelite broadcaster in Abuja  while its premises was invaded by some Security men believed to be from the State Security Service on Friday and broadcasting and other related equipments were carted  away. Olajide Adediran, the […]

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TWEETING IS NOT A CRIME

Support human rights defenders, share their tweets … Freedom of speech is a right and a fundamental tool in the defense of human rights. Many governments continue to trample on this right. They use methods such as censuring, threats and even imprisonment to silence human rights defenders. Just when social networks are becoming a platform for those who defend freedoms, […]

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NIGERIA: harassing of Clergymen , Nigerian Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression

Nigerian Government  must stop harassing Clergymen to avoid religious crisis in the country YAPTI has said. Ekiti State Governor  Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early morning on Wednesday foiled an attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries World wide in Ado Ekiti. The firebrand Pastor was alleged to have […]

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Targeting NGOs Hurts Those Most in Need

“Those who have worked for the most marginalised and disempowered sections of society, while holding the government to account, are being persecuted,” read a joint statement by Indian activists after over two dozen groups were denied license to receive foreign funds under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). This step, the statement notes, is the most immediate example of an […]

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Turkey: International civil society condemn crackdown on freedom of expression

From 31 August to 2 September, an international delegation of civil society organisations visited Istanbul to demonstrate solidarity with writers, journalists, and media outlets in Turkey. The failed coup of 15 July 2016, in which at least 265 people were killed, has traumatised the Turkish population and the government must bring those responsible for the violence to account. However, this […]

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Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper a ploy to crackdown on freedom of the press

The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said Amnesty International today. “The closure of The Post newspaper is a disturbing development clearly designed to silence critical media voices” Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa Zambian authorities ordered the closure of the publishing company, […]

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Burma: State of Fear

  A report documenting the history, traditions, laws and practice of censorship in Burma/Myanmar since 1962, when a military coup brought General Ne Win to power and ended the Parliamentary era. See the full text at   burma-state-of-fear Share This:

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