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Authorities in Cambodia question six activists for supporting the banned opposition party because of their social media posts. Why is the UN Human Rights Council silent on Cambodia, which has completely cracked down on the opposition?
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Iran jails 3 authors for 6 years for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security” for their writings. We urge the UN Human Rights Council to speak out on Iran's suppression of free speech.
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Gabon maintains suspension of two newspapers over baseless claims that they defamed leading government figures through their reporting. Why is UN rights chief silent on censorship in Gabon?
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Pakistan tightens its grip on the media, entering an era of "undeclared censorship." Under constant threats online and in the streets, journalists practice self-censorship out of fear for their jobs & lives. Why is Pakistan on the UN Human Rights Council?
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UN Watch May 21
Chinese diplomat confirms that China—a UNHRC member—has some restrictions on Ramadan activities for government officials & students in compulsory education. This includes the 1 million Uyghur Muslims detained in Xinjiang who receive "compulsory education."
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UN Watch May 20
Myanmar denies bail for members of a performance group who were arrested for making satirical jabs at the country's military. Statements & rumors about the military are outlawed in the country. Why urge UN chief to speak out.
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UN Watch May 20
Turkey—a member of the UN committee overseeing human rights NGOs—to arrest 249 ministry officials over potential links to 2016 coup attempt. Turkey has jailed 77,000 people pending trial in post-coup purges, using the coup as a pretext to stifle dissent.
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UN Watch May 20
A prison guard in Nicaragua shoots political prisoner Eddy Montes dead. Authorities claim it was an act of "self-defense." “I blame the president, because he controls everything that happens in that country,” said Montes' daughter.
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UN Watch May 20
Bolivian strongman Evo Morales launches campaign for a fourth presidential term, defying term limits. Will UN rights chief speak out for democracy?
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UN Watch May 20
Burundi—a member of the UN committee overseeing human rights NGOs—orders the seizure of assets belonging to opposition members, journalists, and human rights activists in exile. We urge UN chief to speak out.
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UN Watch May 17
Authorities in Hong Kong reject the appeal of democracy activist , sending him back to jail for his role leading protesters in the 2014 pro-democracy .
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UN Watch May 17
Eritrea blocks access to social media networks ahead of anticipated protests on the country's Independence Day next week. Why is Eritrea—which tightly controls the media and communication and for its citizens—sitting on the UN Human Rights Council?
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UN Watch May 17
Iran jails British Council employee Aras Amiri for 10 years on "spying" charges. Why is UN chief silent?
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UN Watch May 17
China expands its ban on Wikipedia, blocking access to the entire website in all languages throughout the country. Why is China—which blocks its citizens from access to information online—sitting on the UN Human Rights Council?
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UN Watch May 17
Bangladesh arrests 2 writers this week, along with jailing a rights activist for sharing a controversial opinion online. Why is Bangladesh—where laws are used to curb freedom of expression—sitting on the UN Human Rights Council?
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UN Watch May 17
Security forces in Vietnam assault jailed activist and blogger Nguyen Van Hoa and place him in solitary confinement. Why hasn't UN rights chief spoken out on Vietnam's human rights abuses once since taking office?
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UN Watch May 17
Good news: UN humanitarian affairs official urges aid access in Rakhine state following visit to Myanmar. Bad news: She failed to meet with Rakhine civil society organizations who have been monitoring abuses for their input during her visit.
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UN Watch May 17
Cuba—a UNHRC member—demands that opposition activist Geordanis Muñoz Guerrero pay fines for... demanding the release of fellow democratic activist Tomás Núñez Magdariaga. Guerrero was already imprisoned twice for refusing to pay unfair fines.
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UN Watch May 17
Despite Nicaragua’s brutal crackdown on dissent since protests erupted in April 2018, 70% of countries expressed praise for the Ortega regime's human rights record this week at the .
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UN Watch May 16
Russia deploys violent riot police to disperse a largely peaceful protest in the city of Yekaterinburg. Several activists report being beaten & dragged by officers. Why is Russia sitting on the UN committee overseeing human rights NGOs?
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