Category: Worldwide Violations

Uganda: University Lecturer Jailed for Insulting President on Facebook

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a 72-year-old Ugandan university lecturer and activist, is being held behind bars in a maximum-security prison in Kampala for criticizing the President on her Facebook page. Nyanzi was arrested on April 7, 2017, two months after she had described President Yoweri Museveni as “pair of buttocks”. She was charged under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 with cyber-harassment and offensive communication. Nyanzi pleaded…

Maldivian Activist Jailed for Criticizing Development Project on Twitter

Thayyib Shaheem, a news editor and a political activist, was arrested on March 16 in the Maldives for criticizing a development project in the country on Twitter. Shaheem, who has about 22K followers on Twitter, was accused of “spreading panic and disinformation on social media” and now may face charges punishable by up to a year and 3 months in prison. Shaheem is a vocal…

Iran Sentenced to Death a 21-Year-Old Man for ‘Insulting Islam’ on Instant Messaging App

Sina Dehghan, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced in Iran to death over criticizing Islam. He was arrested by security forces on October 21, 2015, at a military barracks in Tehran. Dehghan was charged under article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code for ‘insulting the prophet’ of Islam; a criminal charge which is punishable by death. Dehghan was convicted at the Penal Court of the…

Algerian Blogger Is Facing 25 Years in Prison for Interviewing an Israeli Official

Merzoug Touati, an Algerian blogger, has been held behind bars in El Khemis prison since January 18, 2017, for conducting a video interview with a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The interview was posted on Youtube on January 9 and shared on his blog Alhogra. The local police has reportedly confiscated the blogger’s computer and camera. Touati is facing charges under the suspicion…

Russian-Israeli Blogger Jailed and Extradited to Azerbaijan for Criticizing the Azeri Regime

Alexander Lapshin, a 40-year-old Russian-Israeli travel blogger, was arrested after writing critical posts against the Azeri regime. The popular blogger was extradited to Azerbaijan from Belarus on February 7, 2017, under the suspicion of crossing into Belarus illegally and visiting Nagorno-Karabagh, a disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lapshin was arrested on December 15, 2016, in Minsk, Belarus. An international extradition warrant to Azerbaijan…

Kazakhstan: Activist Sentenced to 3 Years For Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Sanat Dosov, a 46-year-old social activist and entrepreneur from Aktobe, Kazakhstan, was sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin on social media. Dosov has reportedly called Putin a ‘terrorist’ and a ‘fascist’, and shared a meme where Putin is presented next to notorious former communist leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin. Dosov was convicted under Article 174 of the Kazakh criminal code…

Iranian Human Rights Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Facebook Posts

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, an Iranian 36-year-old human rights activist and writer, was sentenced to six years in prison over charges of ‘insulting Islamic sanctities’ and ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ for her Facebook posts supporting political prisoners in Iran. Golrokh was arrested at her home by Iranian security forces without official summons on October 24, 2016. She was taken to the notorious Evin prison, where…