• The Ethiopian government should mark World Press Freedom Day, on May 3, 2013, by immediately releasing all journalists jailed under the country’s deeply flawed anti-terrorism law. On May 2, 2013, the Supreme Court upheld an 18-year sentence under the anti-terrorism law for Eskinder Nega Fenta, a journalist and blogger who received the 2012 PEN Freedom to Write Award.


Press Freedom

  • Apr 18, 2014
  • Apr 14, 2014
    The Kazakh government should annul a decree implementing legislation that imposes excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and association during states of emergency. The government should also amend the underlying state of emergency law.
  • Apr 8, 2014
    The former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe that the NSA spied on human rights organizations, but did not identify which groups. If Snowden’s assertion is accurate, it is an example of behavior the US government condemns around the world.
  • Apr 7, 2014
    In Egypt, interviewing opposition activists or merely possessing a video camera and editing software can land you in prison. These are the central pieces of evidence prosecutors in Cairo have used to saddle the Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his codefendants with terrorism charges and a possible 15-year prison sentence. Mr. Fahmy has now been behind bars for 100 days.
  • Apr 4, 2014
  • Apr 1, 2014
    This submission is made by Privacy International, Access, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with Article 19, the Association for Progressive Communications, Human Rights Watch and the World Wide Web Foundation. Submissions and recommendations cover five main themes: the meaning of interferences with the right to privacy in the context of communications surveillance, the out-dated distinction between communications data and content, the conceptualisation of mass surveillance as inherently disproportionate, the extra-territorial application of the right to privacy, and the need for legal frameworks to provide protections for the right to privacy without discriminating on the basis of nationality.
  • Mar 25, 2014
    The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad.
  • Mar 14, 2014
    The Syrian government, pro-government militias, and non-state armed groups should immediately release everyone they have arbitrarily arrested, abducted, and detained in the last three years for their peaceful, journalistic, and humanitarian activities. There have been new arbitrary detentions and abductions in Syria despite the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on February 22, 2014, demanding an end to those practices and the release of everyone who has been arbitrarily detained.
  • Mar 13, 2014
  • Mar 7, 2014
    Concerning Egypt, we share the High Commissioner's concerns today on arbitrary detention, unfair trial and restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The situation has grown increasingly dire over the past eight months, as security forces continue to use excessive lethal force against protesters. Regarding South Sudan, we welcome the OHCHR's commitment to contribute to the Secretary-General's "Rights Up Front" plan of action which has guided the UN engagement in South Sudan since December 2013.