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New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

On 5th June 2018, Egypt's new Cybercrime law was officially ratified. As previously covered by CIVICUS Monitor, the new law has been widely condemned for granting the Egyptian authorities broad power to block and censor both online and print media. While the law has been lauded as a victory for freedom of expression by the Egyptian government, civil society groups have claimed it is an assault on freedom of expression which further strengthens the Egyptian authorities' stranglehold on critical dissent. In an already strained environment, the Egyptian authorities have blocked over 500 websites without legal basis over the past year. Read more

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Human rights organisations called on the Iranian authorities to overturn a judicial decision to block the Telegram messaging app in Iran. The popular messaging app is currently used by an estimated 40 million Iranians and has soared in popularity since its release in 2015. Read more

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Several violations of the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression took place during the last few months. Read more

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Judicial process around murder of Mongolian parliamentarian lacking credibility and legitimacy

A report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) issued at the end of March 2018, raised serious concerns around the flawed legal process of individuals convicted for the 1998 murder of parliamentarian Zorig Sanjasuuren. Read more

Judicial process around murder of  Mongolian parliamentarian lacking credibility and legitimacy

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Nobel prize nominee threatened by supporters of a populist party, protests held to push for the end of term for a member of parliament convicted of war crimes, international women's day march held in Belgrade and various instances of harassment of independent media and journalists. Read more

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Zhen Jianghua, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign in China was formally charged in March 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens held candles and paused for a moment's silence on 4th July 2018 to mark the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Read more

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

In a statement on 7th June, Amnesty International Nigeria condemned the Nigerian's military's use of threats, intimidation and smear campaigns to discredit the work of Amnesty International. Read more

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

Trial of Rwandan government critic Diane Rwigara postponed

The trial of former presidential candidate and government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother has been further delayed. Prosecutors have asked that four more people to be tried alongside the Rwigaras. Read more

Trial of Rwandan government critic Diane Rwigara postponed

Saudi authorities' relentless crackdown on WHRDs continues

Saudi Arabian authorities have recently targeted human rights defenders in a renewed attempt to silence criticism. Those arrested included leaders and supporters of #Oct26driving, #Right2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian campaigns who dared to speak openly about human rights violations, according to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. The arrests of prominent human rights activists came a week before Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban on women. Read more

 Saudi authorities' relentless crackdown on WHRDs continues

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

On 11th March 2018 Cubans voted for their representatives in the National Assembly who then elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president on 19th April. After almost six decades of Castro family rule, the country will now be led by someone not related to the Castros. Read more

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?