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Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until…
People march in Budapest, Hungary during a July 26, 2021 protest against the Hungarian government over reports that it has used Pegasus spyware.
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Authorities Targeting Critics, Supporters of Farmers Protests

(New York) – The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, Access Now, ARTICLE 19, the Association for…
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Internet Restrictions Amid Pandemic Exacerbate Yearlong Crackdown

(New York) – Indian authorities continue to impose harsh and discriminatory restrictions on Muslim-majority areas in Jammu and Kashmir, one year after the revocation of the state’s constitutional status on August 5, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Counterterrorism Law Politicized in Bhima Koregaon Case

(New York) – Indian authorities on April 14, 2020 detained two rights activists who have been critics of government policies, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately drop all charges under a counterterrorism law against…
Activist Anand Teltumbde (center), before he surrendered to the National Investigative Agency in Mumbai, on April 14, 2020. © Parth MN
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Blocking Access Could Cost Lives

UPDATE: Ethiopia announced that it would restore phone and internet service to western Oromia after a three-month shutdown. (New York) – Intentionally shutting down or restricting access to the internet violates multiple rights and can be…
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New Rules Threatens Privacy and Freedom of Expression

As nearly 900 million Indians engage in voting over seven weeks to select the country’s next government, social media companies are under pressure to try to control fake news and misinformation. But measures taken by the…
Indians look at a fact-checking website for election related fake news and videos, New Delhi, India, April 3, 2019.
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End Politically Motivated Use of Counterterrorism Law

(New York) – Indian authorities should cease arrests of Dalit rights activists for their work, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch said today. The recent arrest and detention of five Dalit and Adivasi rights activists for alleged…
Police try to stop people belonging to the Dalit community as they take part in a protest during a nationwide strike called by Dalit organisations, in Chandigarh, India, April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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Inquiry, Officers’ Arrests Positive First Steps

The Gambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators on June 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The…
Gambian security officers at the Supreme Court in Banjul, December 5, 2016.
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Investigate Alleged Use of Excessive Force

(New York) – Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state should conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the police shooting of protesters against a copper plant that left at least 12 dead and 80 injured, Human Rights Watch said…
People shout slogans outisde the Tamil Nadu House during a protest, after at least 10 people were killed when police fired on protesters seeking closure of plant on environmental grounds in town of Thoothukudi in southern state of Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi
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Protecting Free Expression Online Serves Public Interest

(New York) – Indian authorities should cease arbitrary restrictions of the country’s internet and telecommunications networks, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials contend these shutdowns are needed to prevent violence fueled by…
Indian authorities have shut down the internet 79 times since 2012, according to the Software Freedom Law Centre’s Internet Shutdown Tracker.
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The Gambian government’s repression of the political opposition in the months prior to the  December 1, 2016 presidential election threatens the fairness of the election. President Yayha Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, has used a…
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Summary In December 2016, Gambians will go to the polls to vote for a president for the fifth time since current leader Yahya Jammeh came to power in a 1994 coup. Over the past 22 years, President Jammeh and the Gambian security forces…
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 Gambia’s government commits serious human rights violations against perceived critics and political opponents, perpetuating a climate of fear and repression.  The human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated since President Yahya Jammeh…
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The horrific January 7 attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris has led to a raging debate worldwide on the limits to freedom of expression and opinion. In India, a country of many religions and faiths, where tolerance and free…
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In May 2012, during a parliamentary debate, Arun Jaitley, then-leader of the opposition, argued that the rules governing the Internet in India restricted such a wide range of expression that they were a threat to free speech. “Now somebody can get up and…
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“It is not actually snooping.” This was the Indian foreign minister’s response to the U.S. mass surveillance programs that also targeted India. One year ago, Edward Snowden released data revealing that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on the…
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Nearly 50 people were killed in the Muzaffarnagar sectarian riots last month. According to media reports, a fake video passed around through social media, contributed to flaming religious passions. This prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to say that…
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Today, Facebook issued its first transparency report, surprising no one in saying that the US government has made more requests for user data than any other country. US surveillance practices are only one of the reasons the country leads the pack:…
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Safeguards Needed to Protect Privacy, Free Speech

(New York) – The Indian government should enact clear laws to ensure that increased surveillance of phones and the Internet does not undermine rights to privacy and free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. In April 2013, the Indian government began…