Tag: Political Persecution

Jailed Azerbaijani Blogger Mehman Huseynov Enters 17th Day of Hunger Strike

Azerbaijani Blogger and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov has been on a hunger strike in Baku prison since December 26, 2018, to protest against new charges of injuring a prison warden which he claims to be false. He claims that the purpose of the new false charges is to extend his prison sentence, as he’s due to be released in March 2019. Huseynov…

Activist Nabeel Rajab’s Jail Sentence Upheld by Bahrain High Court

Bahrain’s high court has upheld the 5-year jail sentence against activist Nabeel Rajab over critical statements against the Yemen war which he posted on Twitter.  The UN human rights office called for his release: “We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices… We call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release prominent human rights defender…

Egypt: Author Arrested Over Book Challenging President el-Sissi

Abdel-Khaleq Farouq was arrested by an arrest warrant of the Supreme State Security Prosecutions on October 21, 2018, alongside his publisher Ibrahim el-Khateib. The cause for the arrest is his latest book named: “Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?”, in which he challenges the economic policies of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. According to AP, Farouq was accused of spreading “fake news”, panelised in Egypt…

China: Social Media Celebrity Detained For Singing National Anthem ‘Disrespectfully’

A parody video by Yang Kaili, a 21-year-old social media celebrity from China, has led to her detention. The online star, followed on live-streaming platform Huya by tens of millions of users, sang a part of the national anthem while dancing. As a result, she was detained on October 7 by Shanghai’s Jingan district’s police for “disrespecting” the national anthem. She…

13 Protesters Arrested in Vietnam over Social Media Posts

Thirteen people were arrested in Vietnam over blogging and publishing posts on Facebook in Vietnam, Amnesty International reports. The arrests follow the approval of a new cybersecurity law which will take full effect in January 2019. According to Amnesty International, sentences of up to 15 years were handed to five protesters under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, over “activities…

Gilgit-Baltistan Police Blocks 141 Social Media Accounts for Criticising State and Religion

Gilgit-Baltistan Police has reportedly blocked 141 social media accounts over anti-religious and anti-state publications. Five people are facing legal charges for violating the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 over “spreading religious hatred and posting anti-state content online”. DOWN reports that Special Branch Additional Inspector General (AIG) Hanifullah admitted that social media accounts are being monitored for anti-state content and…

Memorial Fund Grants Launched in Memory of Bassel Khartabil

Creative Commons, with support of the Jimmy Wales Foundation, launches a Memorial Fund Grants and Fellowship in Memory of Bassel Khartabil: Creative Commons is accepting applications for two new opportunities to continue the legacy and impact of Syrian Palestinian Open internet activist Bassel Khartabil. The Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund, launched in August 2017 at the behest of his family, will provide grants…