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Vietnam in 2019: Crackdown on rights

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 14 January 2020. At least 30 activists and dissidents were sentenced to prison in Vietnam in 2019 simply for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, association, and religion, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2020. The one-party state severely limited all

Iran: Political dissent met with violent repression and lethal consequences

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 14 January 2020. Iranian authorities intensified their crackdown during 2019 against protests across the country, using mass arrests and lethal force, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. The protests were spurred by deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and social

Four media outlets closed down in Sudan

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 13 January 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the new Sudanese government’s sudden closure of four media outlets that supported the former regime and asks it to show concern for the fate of their more than 200 journalists. Instead of closing media outlets, the authorities should make

HRW’s 2020 report on Azerbaijan: Critics prosecuted, lawyers harassed, protests restricted, LGBTQI+ persecuted

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 14 January 2020. Azerbaijan’s authorities continued to maintain rigid control, severely curtailing freedoms of association, expression, and assembly. The government released over 50 human rights defenders, journalists, opposition activists, religious believers and other perceived critics imprisoned on politically motivated charges. But at least 30 others remained wrongfully

Who’s shutting down the internet to shut up critics?

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 15 January 2020. By Akshaya Kumar, Director of Crisis Advocacy In 2020 you should be watching for… who’s trying to shut down the Internet. From Caracas to Khartoum, protesters are leveraging the internet to organize online and stand up for their rights offline. In response, in the past year governments in

Journalists are disappearing in Houthi-controlled Yemen

This statement was originally published on anhri.info on 14 January 2020. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said today that Yemeni journalists are paying the price of the unfair conflict between the Houthi forces and the Saudi-Emirati coalition in Yemen, where both sides practice repression and carry out attacks against civilians, especially journalists.

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