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Freedom of speech is a bellwether: how any society tolerates those with minority, disfavored, or even obnoxious views will often speak to its performance on human rights more generally.  In international law, access to information and free expression are two sides of the same coin, and both have found tremendous accelerators in the Internet and other forms of digital communication.  At the same time, efforts to control speech and information are also accelerating, by both governments and private actors in the form of censorship, restrictions on access, and violent acts directed against those whose views or queries are seen as somehow dangerous or wrong. From our earliest days, when we were called The Fund for Free Expression, we have fought all forms of repression of speech, in all media, around the globe.
United States
September 18, 2019 Dispatches
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Dinah PoKempner
General Counsel
Middle East/North Africa
September 10, 2019 News Release
Iran: Draconian Sentences for Rights Defenders
Middle East/North Africa
September 9, 2019 News Release
Algeria: Tightening the Screws on Protests
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June 19, 2019 Video
Video: Gezi Protests Trial to Begin in Turkey
June 6, 2019 Video
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 30th Anniversary Trailer
July 24, 2019
Egypt: New NGO Law Renews Draconian Restrictions
Disproportionately Huge Fines; Ban on Links with Foreign Groups
July 12, 2019
Crimean Tatars Face Unfounded Terrorism Charges
Raids, Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of Activists
May 29, 2019
Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture
Palestinian Authority, Hamas Muzzle Critics, Opponents
September 7, 2019 Dispatches
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Yulia Gorbunova
Senior Researcher, Ukraine, Russia
August 30, 2019 News Release
Kuwait: Jailed Bidun Activists on Hunger Strike
August 6, 2019 News Release
Kazakhstan: Proposal For a Human Rights Reset
August 6, 2019 News Release
India: Basic Freedoms at Risk in Kashmir
August 6, 2019 News Release
Turkey: Concerns for Disappeared Men Now in Police Custody
August 5, 2019 News Release
Iran: Jailed Environmentalists on Hunger Strike
August 3, 2019 News Release
Crimea: Imprisoned Activist Urgently Needs Hospital Care
July 31, 2019 News Release
Lebanon: Festival Cancels Mashrou’ Leila Concert
July 30, 2019 News Release
Mauritania: Blogger in ‘Blasphemy’ Case Freed After 5 Years
July 26, 2019 Dispatches
Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim
Aya Majzoub
Lebanon and Bahrain Researcher
July 24, 2019 News Release
Cambodia: Drop Case Against Journalists
July 24, 2019 News Release
Thailand: New Government Disregards Rights
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Dinah PoKempner
General Counsel
Daily Brief September 18, 2019
Outrage is growing in Zimbabwe after a doctor and union leader were reportedly abducted over the weekend; Taliban attacks are on the rise ahead of Afghanistan's presidential elections; the word "they" - for people who identify as non-binary - has been added to a major dictionary; Bahrain rejects pleas to free Nabeel Rajab; new regulations put some US meat workers at risk of injury; rights groups press UN chief on China's Xinjiang abuses; and Barack Obama meets inspirational climate activist Greta Thunberg...
Interactive: How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang, China
Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. This special feature details how they do it.
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