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Sections of Mali’s cybercrime law threaten online freedom of expression and privacy

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 21 February 2020. On December 5, 2019, the president of Mali promulgated Law n° 2019-056 on the Suppression of Cybercrime. Although timely and relevant, a number of provisions pose potential threats to privacy and freedom of expression online, especially in view of Mali’s democracy deficits and low

Tajik journalist Daler Sharipov held on charges of “inciting religious discord”

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 21 February 2020. Tajik authorities have detained a prominent independent journalist, apparently for his writing, Human Rights Watch said today. Daler Sharipov, who has been detained since January 28, 2020 for “inciting religious discord,” faces up to five years in prison if convicted. He has often criticized

UN chief Gutterres should lead by example on human rights

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 24 February 2020. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has long needed to overhaul his approach to human rights. Hopefully his call to action announced in Geneva today is the start of something new. Guterres’ low-key approach to human rights may have been calculated to avoid conflicts with big

Tennessee’s parental oversight of public libraries act would censor books, jail librarians

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 24 February 2020. The Tennessee state legislature should reject a new legislative proposal, the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, as an unwarranted, un-American, and unconstitutional intrusion into children’s right to read, PEN America said today. Tennessee state legislators have recently proposed The Parental Oversight of Public Libraries

Breaking the fear barrier: On the state of free expression during Lebanon’s revolution

This statement was originally published on maharatfoundation.org on 13 February 2020. The Lebanese revolution launched on 17 October and carried out till to the end of December 2019 resulted in major transformations in Lebanese social life and this will have many repercussions for the future of Lebanon in the coming years. This study was aimed

UAE: Freedom of expression must be upheld at all times, not only tolerated during Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 24 February 2020. Open letter from over 50 NGOs and individuals to the UAE authorities As the Hay Festival Abu Dhabi opens on 25-28 February 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), we the undersigned call on the Emirati authorities to demonstrate their respect for the right to freedom

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