freedom of expression

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

Describing the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists last week as a “particularly outrageous” example of judicial harassment against the media there, “vague and over-broad” laws have made it impossible for the press to do its job in the country, without fear or favour, a new United Nations report has found.

News In Brief 11 September 2018

  • Syria’s Idlib risks becoming worst humanitarian tragedy of 21st century: OCHA
  • OHCHR on Myanmar freedom of expression violations
  • Venezuela ready for “new cooperation” with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Worsening human rights 'cyclical': UN Belarus expert

Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather “going from worse to worse.”

That’s the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country.

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Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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In crisis, Venezuela is “cracking down” on its media

Venezuela is “cracking down” on media workers during a time of economic and political crisis and failing to meet its obligations under international human rights law.

That’s according to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

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Tajik restrictions on opposition, civil society, media ‘eroding’ rights, says UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over the increasing Government restrictions on opposition parties, civil society and the media over the past year in Tajikistan.

Symposium on safety of journalists seeks to preserve press freedom

More than 700 journalists and others who report the news have been killed over the past decade, according to data collected by the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

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Draft UK surveillance law threatens freedom of expression, UN human rights experts warn

United Nations human rights experts have called for a comprehensive review of the United Kingdom’s draft Investigatory Powers bill, warning that if adopted in its present form it could threaten the rights to freedoms of expression and association both inside and outside the country.

Fourth killing this year of blogger in Bangladesh condemned

The murder of a blogger in Bangladesh who supported the rights of women and minorities has been condemned by two UN human rights experts.

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Citing freedom of expression, UN calls for release of Qatari poet given 15-year sentence

The United Nations human rights office today called for the immediate release of a well-known Qatari poet who it says was harshly sentenced for a poem considered to be encouraging the overthrow of the ruling system of the country.