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  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Russian authorities ban Putin ‘gay clown’ meme but fail to investigate homophobic killings

After the Russian government banned a digitally altered image depicting President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick and mascara – widely reported in global media as a “gay clown” meme - Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, said: “In its twisted definition of justice, the Russian authorities have chosen to use anti-extremism legislation to silence peaceful freedom of expression at a time when state-supported homophobia inspires violence across the country.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • News
  • Uzbekistan
  • Internet and Social Media

Uzbekistan: Tentacles of mass surveillance spread across borders

The Uzbekistani government is conducting unlawful surveillance of its citizens and fostering a climate of fear and uncertainty for Uzbekistani people in Europe, said Amnesty International in a new report and film launched today. ‘We Will Find You, Anywhere’ looks at the impact of unlawful government surveillance on the lives of seven Uzbekistani people, living within and outside the country. The cases include a refugee living in Sweden, whose correspondence with family members back home was monitored, and a journalist forced to flee to France after being watched by secret service officials.

Date:
31 March 2017
  • Research
  • Uzbekistan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uzbekistan: “We will find you, anywhere”: The global shadow of Uzbekistani surveillance

Surveillance in Uzbekistan helps reinforce the already repressive environment for human rights defenders, journalists, political activists and others in Uzbekistan. Unlawful surveillance in Uzbekistan keeps families apart and harms the rights to free expression around the world, and limits the ability of people inside and outside of Uzbekistan to receive information. This briefing highlights stories of seven Uzbekistani people, in Uzbekistan and in the diaspora, whose human rights have been negatively affected by the unlawful surveillance of the government of Uzbekistan.

Date:
31 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 62/5974/2017
  • News
  • Azerbaijan
  • Internet and Social Media

Azerbaijan: Activists targeted by ‘government-sponsored’ cyber attack

Azeri human rights activists, journalists and political dissidents have been the targets of a fraudulent and sustained ‘spear phishing’ campaign using emails and Facebook chat, apparently aimed at gaining access to their personal information and private communications, said Amnesty International in a new report launched today. The investigation reveals that the attacks, which can compromise passwords and contacts, have been directed at various government critics for the past 13 months.

Date:
10 March 2017
  • News
  • Kazakhstan
  • Internet and Social Media

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 briefing reveals how the authorities use recently adopted legislative powers to shut down or block access to particular websites, and deploy administrative and criminal sanctions to target individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
9 February 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ukraine: Crimea in the dark: The silencing of dissent

Since the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014, the Russian and de facto local authorities, have demanded total submission to this brute fact. With most opponents of Crimea’s annexation harassed into exile or silence, Crimean Tatar leaders and activists have been the most organized focus of opposition, and have borne the brunt of the repression. Their representative structure, the Mejlis, was banned as an “extremist” organisation and any association with it has been outlawed; its leaders have been exiled or prosecuted on a range of trumped up charges; several have been forcibly disappeared.

Date:
15 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 50/5330/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Internet and Social Media

Five ways technology will shape the future of politics, society and human rights

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. Young people, activists and protest movements using the internet and mobiles. These are the images that usually come to mind when technology is discussed as a catalyst of social change. This was only the beginning: in the next 10–20 years, emerging technologies will fundamentally change societies; it will be nothing short of revolutionary. The internet and mobiles have forever changed how people communicate, spread information and organize.

Date:
6 December 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Turkey: HDP deputies detained amid growing onslaught on Kurdish opposition voices

The detention of 12 deputies from the Kurdish-rooted leftist Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) since last night marks the latest escalation in the onslaught on dissent amid Turkey’s state of emergency, Amnesty International said today. The detentions – on a range of “terrorism”-related charges – come on the heels of mass closures of Kurdish media outlets, the ousting of at least 24 pro-Kurdish mayors and rolling blackouts on internet access that hinder communications.

Date:
4 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

6 really practical ways to protect your privacy online

Here are some top tips and tools to protect your privacy and guard against identity theft, financial fraud and your personal pics and messages getting into the wrong hands. Before we start, a word of caution. If you’re a journalist or activist, or if you believe you might be personally targeted for electronic surveillance, you need a comprehensive digital security plan. Please consult a digital security expert and do not rely on any one app to protect your information.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

How private are your favourite messaging apps?

We’ve ranked 11 companies that run the world’s most popular messaging apps – including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger – on how well they’re using encryption to protect your online privacy. In particular, we’ve looked at whether they apply end-to-end encryption – a way of making your photos, videos and chats unintelligible to anyone but you and the people you’re talking to. This is how they fared.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Internet and Social Media

Easy guide to encryption and why it matters

What’s the definition of encryption? Why should messaging apps use it to protect our personal chats, pics and videos? We explain all the technical terms and the jargon. What is encryption? Encryption is a powerful way of helping to stop our text messages, emails, phone calls and video chats from being accessed by anyone we don’t want to see them. When encryption is in place someone intercepting internet communications would just see a long string of random characters.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey crackdown by the numbers: Statistics on brutal backlash after failed coup

[UPDATED on 28 July 2016] Human rights in Turkey are in peril following a bloody failed coup attempt on 15 July. The Turkish authorities’ reaction was swift and brutal, unleashing a crackdown of exceptional proportions that has continued after a state of emergency declared five days later. Amnesty International has been on the ground in Istanbul and Ankara to document human rights violations amid these events.

Date:
26 July 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: State of emergency must not roll back human rights

President Erdogan’s announcement of the imposition of a state of emergency must not pave the way for a roll-back in human rights or be used as a pretext to further clamp down on freedom of expression and protections against arbitrary detention and torture, said Amnesty International today. Following a meeting of the National Security Council and the Turkish cabinet late Wednesday night, President Erdogan announced that the government will impose a state of emergency for at least three months.

Date:
21 July 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Terrorism

Poland: Counter-terrorism bill would give security service unchecked power

A counter-terrorism bill set for final adoption by the Upper House of the parliament (Senat) this week in Poland consolidates sweeping powers, including enhanced surveillance capacity, in the hands of the Internal Security Agency (ISA), with no independent oversight mechanism to prevent abuse and ensure proper accountability. The bill risks violating the rights to liberty, privacy, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and non-discrimination.

Date:
15 June 2016
Ref:
EUR 37/4263/2016
  • Research
  • Poland
  • Internet and Social Media

Poland: New surveillance law a major blow to human rights

This document contains Amnesty International analsyis of and response to a new law governing surveillance powers by police and other agencies in Poland, which will seriously undermine the right to privacy in the country. The law, which could come into force in a matter of days, was approved after a fast-track process, which brought only minor changes to the draft law, despite strenuous opposition from civil society groups and other experts.

Date:
29 January 2016
Ref:
EUR 37/3357/2016