Tag Archives: Abubaker Lubowa

United Arab Emirates: Human rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken must be released

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 13 November 2019. Excellencies, We, the undersigned, call on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to immediately and unconditionally release prominent human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al-Roken, arbitrarily detained since 2012 solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association, including through his work as

Cybercrime laws are restricting online freedoms

This statement was originally published on 7amleh.org on 17 November 2019. Countering cybercrime is a key challenge that requires international cooperation. However, the approach taken in the draft resolution “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” (A/C.3/74/L.11/Rev.1) at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee is fundamentally flawed and would restrict

Losing the News: The decimation of local news and the search for solutions

This statement was originally published on pen.org on As local news outlets are gutted and shuttered, reporters laid off, publication schedules cut, and resources tightened across the country, Losing the News: The Decimation of Local News and the Search for Solutions sounds the alarm about the existential threat facing local watchdog journalism and proposes big-picture

Turkey: Re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan is arbitrary and cruel

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 20 November 2019. Turkish authorities have re-arrested the internationally-known Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan just one week after his release from over three years in detention. ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organisations said that his re-arrest on 12 November was an extraordinarily low blow in a case that

Nobody Speak: Egyptian authorities target families of dissidents

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 19 November 2019. Egyptian authorities have carried out arrests, house raids, interrogations, and travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented 28 cases of Egyptian journalists, media workers, and

Nigerian authorities’ disregard of the law

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 15 November 2019. The Nigerian authorities are holding Omoleye Sowore, a former presidential candidate and democracy activist, in detention despite a November 6, 2019 bail order by an Abuja Federal High Court. The Department of State Security Services (DSS) should promptly release him.Security officials arrested Sowore, publisher

MFWA hold public awareness meetings on recently passed Right to Information law

This statement was published on mfwa.org on 18 November 2019. Ghana is the latest country in West Africa to pass a Right to Information (RTI) Law after more than a decade-long advocacy from activists who pleaded that government codifies access to information. However, since its passage and assent by the President, policy advocates question what