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  • Campaigns
  • Kenya
  • Internet and Social Media

Unfazed: One Kenyan activist’s determination in the face of online attacks

Kenya has a critical mass of budding and young tech-savvy activists who use their online presence for civic engagement. Recently, activists critical of the Kenyan government have been met with aggressive, sometimes vicious, attacks. Abdullahi had a chat with Edwin Kiama, one such activist, whose experience is a demonstration of a much bigger problem - attacks on critical voices online. On the balmy June afternoon when we met at my office located west of Nairobi, his phone beeped endlessly.

Date:
2 August 2017
  • Article
  • Russian Federation
  • Internet and Social Media

Russia: VPN ban is a major blow to internet freedom

A new law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin banning anonymizers and virtual private networks (VPNs) is a major blow to internet freedom in Russia, Amnesty International said today. “With the Russian authorities increasingly intolerant of dissent, technologies that help internet users evade censorship and protect their privacy are crucial for freedom of expression online. Today the authorities have given themselves an instrument to ban the use of VPNs and other technologies that help people to freely access information online,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
31 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Sudan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Sudan: Activists deported from Saudi Arabia detained: Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana

Activists Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed, Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha and Alaa Aldin al-Difana were deported from Saudi Arabia to Sudan on 11 July. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) arrested them upon arrival in Sudan. The three are currently being held at the NISS headquarters in Khartoum North. Amnesty considers them to be prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
26 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/6768/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Uganda
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uganda: Further information: Court stays mental exam of university lecturer: Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, will not be subjected to a mental health examination after a magistrate court ordered a stay of the examination on 25 May. Dr Stella Nyanzi was released on conditional bail by the same court on 10 May. She still faces charges of insulting the president and violating his right to privacy.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 59/6696/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Rwanda: Setting the Scene for Elections: Two Decades of Silencing Dissent in Rwanda

Rwandans go to the polls on 4 August 2017 to elect their next president, in a climate of fear created by years of repression against opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. They have been jailed, physically attacked – even killed – and forced into exile or silence. Prior human rights violations and unresolved cases of murders and disappearances continue to have a chilling effect on the current political and human rights context.

Date:
7 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 47/6585/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Angola
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Angola: Human rights defender and journalist charged: Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Brás Lourenço

Human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais and journalist Mariano Brás Lourenço have formally been charged with ‘defamation of a public authority’ and ‘outrage to a sovereign body’ in relation to an article they published on questionable acquisition of public land by the Angolan General Public Prosecutor. Both charges carry a penalty of one year in prison and three years in prison respectively.

Date:
30 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 12/6619/2017
  • Campaigns
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Prison sentence and fine upheld for journalist: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6553/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Prisoners of Conscience

United Arab Emirates (UAE): End the arbitrary imprisonment of prominent rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

The Martin Ennals Foundation and the ten human rights organizations that make up the jury of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA), today renewed their appeal to the government of the United Arab Emirates to release immediately and unconditionally Ahmed Mansoor, the last remaining human rights defender in the UAE who had previously been able to criticize the authorities publicly.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6552/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Sentence confirmed on Saudi Arabian writer: Nazeer al-Majed

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed was informed on 15 May that the Court of Appeal of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh has upheld his seven-year prison sentence. Nazeer al-Majed has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6510/2017
  • Research
  • Thailand
  • Internet and Social Media

Thailand: Continuing Crackdown on Free Online Expression

Amnesty International is seriously concerned by continuing unrelenting measures by authorities in Thailand to suppress and penalise the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, including in online fora. On 9 June 2017, Thai courts passed verdicts in two criminal cases concerning the posting and sharing of materials that allegedly disparaged the monarchy. Earlier in the week, Thai authorities reportedly outlined imminent plans to require internet platforms to suppress content upon official request without prior judicial authorisation.

Date:
10 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6480/2017
  • News
  • Internet and Social Media

Artificial Intelligence for good

Industry and academia are working towards the next generation of computers that can understand and learn from natural spoken language, full motion video, and more. Given how much the world is already changing, what can we expect from the next generation of Artificial Intelligence systems? How will these technologies affect the world?  Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty addresses the AI for Good Global Summit in ITU in Geneva on 7 June 2017 You have heard and you will hear a lot more in the course of these days about the amazing things that artificial intelligence could do in the future.

Date:
9 June 2017