Month: September 2015

Vietnamese Blogger Jailed for Blogging About Police Corruption; Flees to the U.S. After Her Release

Ta Phong Tan, a 47-year-old blogger from Vietnam, was released this week after being locked behind bars for blogging about police and judiciary corruption in the Communist country. In 2012, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spreading “anti-state propaganda”. Following her early release, she fled to the United States. Terry White, Public Affairs Officer of the US embassy in Hanoi, called on the Vietnamese…

Russia Sentenced Tatar Activist to Three Years in Prison for Inciting “Separatism” on Social Media

Rafis Kashapov, an activist from the Tatar community, was sentenced on September 15 to three years in jail for “calling for separatism” and “inciting ethnic hatred” on posts that he published on social media last year. His actions were described by the court as “aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”. The charges related to four posts that Kashapov published on his…

“Zone 9” Ethiopian Bloggers Still Behind Bars for Criticising Government

A verdict is soon expected for the remaining jailed members of Zone 9 bloggers, a group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists, who were put behind bars in a case that has widely been seen as a government crackdown on freedom of expression. In April 2014, nine men and women – made up of three journalists, a human rights lawyer and those…

United Arab Emirates: Lift Travel Ban on 2015 Finalist Ahmed Mansoor

Jimmy Wales Foundation supports the following statement that was issued today by the Martin Ennals Award Jury, calling for the immediate lift of the travel ban on 2015 finalist Ahmed Mansoor:   United Arab Emirates: Lift travel ban on 2015 finalist Ahmed Mansoor, urges Martin Ennals Award Jury   Ten human rights groups represented in the Martin Ennals Award Jury today called on the United…

Roya Nobakht: UK-Iranian Woman Imprisoned in Iran Over Facebook Posts

Who Is Roya Nobakht? Roya Saberinejad (also spelled “Saberi-Negad”) Nobakht is a 48-year-old Iranian-British woman, currently serving time in an Iranian jail after posting comments on Facebook criticizing the Iranian regime for being too controlling and “too Islamic”. Roya was arrested in October 2013, during a visit to her family in Iran under the suspicion of “gathering and participation with intent to commit crimes against national security” and “insulting Islamic…

Kazakhstan Jails Activist for 20 Days for Organising Protest on Facebook

Activist Ermek Narymbaev has been sentenced to 20 days in jail by Kazakh authorities, after the human rights lawyer wrote on his personal Facebook page that he was organising a peaceful protest in the financial capital Almaty. The move has been condemned by human rights groups and the United Nations, who argued that the charge violated Narymbaev’s right to freedom…

Raif Badawi: 1000 Lashes Because He Says What He Thinks

Who is Raif Badawi? Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger, was arrested in June 2012 on a range of charges related to insulting Islam. Badawi was prosecuted for founding a website called: “Free Saudi Liberals”, which endorsed online debate about religious and political issues in Saudi Arabia. Badawi was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and was ordered to receive 1,000 lashes, an excessive punishment which…