Freedom of Expression and Opinion

News in Brief 14 July 2021

  • Coup and COVID-19 fuelling ‘perfect storm’ in Myanmar: UN expert
  • Deadly sea routes cause migrant deaths to double
  • UNCTAD: EU carbon reduction deal won’t hurt developing exporters as badly as feared
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News in Brief 1 July 2021

  • Internet shutdowns by repressive governments now ‘entrenched’
  • Malaria tops health threats facing world’s most vulnerable: UNHCR
  • Turkey urged not to withdraw from key convention on tackling violence against women
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UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’

Closely following the developments in Belarus, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Friday underlining the importance of enabling all Belarusians to “exercise their civil and political rights”. 

UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters

UN human rights experts on Thursday, strongly criticized the level of violence being used by security forces across Belarus against peaceful protesters and journalists, following five days of demonstrations over the disputed presidential election.

Two years in the making, rights experts say what protesters can do - and can’t

It’s widely accepted that peaceful protests are a key tool in democratic societies that allow people to put issues on the public agenda. But what is legal – and what is illegal – when it comes to demonstrations around the world? Can you wear a mask, for example?

That’s a question for Christof Heyns, who led discussions on the issue for the UN Human Rights Committee, with Member States and NGOs.

He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and explains what the UN panel’s advice is for protesters.

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In a ‘difficult year’ for freedom of expression, AI and digital security could help

It's time to ‘demystify’ what we know about artificial intelligence (AI), and monitor its development so it’s consistent with human rights and fosters healthy freedom of expression, according to UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye.  The expert also told UN News’s Maoqi Li that he’s ‘deeply concerned’ about increasing pressure on journalists, referencing the recent disappearance of Saudi dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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