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UN body tells Russia to act against human rights abuses

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Apr 022015
 

GENEVA: United Nations experts on Thursday called on Russia to repeal laws limiting free speech and targeting homosexuals and urged action to prevent torture, racist crimes and a wide range of other human rights abuses.

The 18-member Human Rights Committee also told Moscow it should move to prevent violation of U.N. pacts that it has signed by insurgents in eastern Ukraine and by the authorities in the Chechen republic, and in Crimea.

The calls came in a report that indirectly drew a picture of a country rife with persecution of critics of the government and of groups that do not conform to its political and social views, and that gave no recourse to a proper judicial system.

The 12-page document largely referred to reports of abuses and violent activities, including by what it called “ultra-nationalist, racist and neo-Nazi groups”, and of torture of suspects by police.

The Committee, which monitors signatory countries’ performance under the 1976 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, issued the report after examining Russia’s record and hearing comments by Moscow’s delegation.

During discussion in the Committee late last month, Russian officials denied the truth of the many of the reports cited by the body’s members, who include non-government lawyers and academics from developing and developed countries.

The U.N. report said laws signed by President Vladimir Putin – including on limiting Internet activity and restricting links between Russian non-governmental organisations and foreign groups – “appear” to violate the U.N. Convention.

The Committee said it was concerned by reports of hate speech and violence against gays and called on Moscow to “clearly and explicitly state that it does not tolerate any form of social stigmatization of homosexuals”.

It also noted “under-representation of women in decision- making positions” in political life and urged Russia to fight “patriarchal attitudes” on the role of women and men in the family and society at large.

(Editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Louise Ireland)

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Freedom of Expression Chilled by ICANN's Addition of Speech Restrictions in DNS

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Apr 012015
 

“Public Interest Commitments” Amount to Illegitimate Usurpation of Bottom-Up Policy

Freedom of expression on the Internet is at risk from ICANN’s recent decision to prohibit anyone but one specific type of doctor from using the word within the .doctor new gTLD space. Last month, ICANN’s New GTLD Program Committee decided that only “medical practitioners” would be allowed to register a domain in the .doctor name space. ICANN’s decision to exclude numerous lawful users of the word, including a broad range of individuals who are in fact doctors, comes at a time when the world is watching ICANN to see if it can adequately protect Internet users’ rights in the absence of US Government supervision. If ICANN’s treatment of free expression in the implementation of its new gTLD program is any indication, ICANN has not yet sufficiently developed to be trusted with protecting Internet users’ rights in the domain name system.

Often overlooked is that ICANN’s community sought to protect freedom of expression rights in the new gTLD program by including free expression principles and recommendations in the GNSO’s final approved new gTLD policy. However, those protections were quietly violated in the staff’s subsequent implementation of the GNSO’s policy, which afforded no protection to Internet users’ free expression rights.

Specifically, after the GNSO approved the community’s policy for new gTLDs, ICANN staff added a new requirement to the policy, called “Public Interest Commitments” or “PICs”, which are contractual terms ICANN imposed on new gTLD registries that add policy requirements and restrictions that were never approved by the community or subject to a bottom-up process. Some PICs actually violate the community’s consensus policy on issues, most notably freedom of expression.

The new gTLD policy approved by the GNSO Council in 2007 and subsequently ICANN’s board included Principle G: “The string evaluation process must not infringe the applicant’s freedom of expression rights that are protected under internationally recognized principles of law.”1

Additionally, Recommendation 3 of the GNSO’s final new gTLD policy states:

“Strings must not infringe the existing legal rights of others that are recognized or enforceable under generally accepted and internationally recognized principles of law Examples of these legal rights include … the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) (in particular freedom of expression rights).”

Furthermore, Recommendation 6 of the GNSO’s New GTLD Policy states:

“Strings must not be contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order that are recognized under international principles of law.”

Recommendation 6 goes on to cite as examples of these legal norms, rights provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which guarantee freedom of expression in any media and regardless of frontiers.

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Islam Faces the Civilized World – Video

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Mar 292015
 



Islam Faces the Civilized World
Liberty and Islam cannot coexist. Free Speech and Islam cannot coexist. Women's Rights and Islam cannot coexist. Human Rights and Islam cannot coexist. Critical Thinking and Islam cannot coexist….

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International groups condemn arrest of Nurul

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Mar 182015
 

Release her immediately, says International Commission of Jurists; government excessive in stifling free speech, says Human Rights Watch

BANGKOK: International human rights groups have condemned the arrest and detention of Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of imprisoned Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, for sedition.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) which issued a statement condemning Nurul Izzahs arrest had in addition called on the Government of Malaysia to immediately release Nurul Izzah and reiterated its call for the repeal of the Sedition Act.

Human Rights Watch, in a statement, said the arrest shows that the Malaysian government seems to know no bounds in its efforts to stifle free speech.

Nurul Izzah, the Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, was arrested at 3.30pm at Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur. She was summoned by police to provide a statement for her involvement in a demonstration on February 14 over the jailing of her father for sodomy.

Police have detained her for investigations into a speech she made in parliament on March 10 that was deemed seditious under section 4(1) of the colonial-era 1948 Sedition Act.

Nurul Izzah had read out her fathers statement in Parliament that reportedly criticised the judges in her fathers Sodomy II case. Anwar who has been jailed five years for sodomy is still the MP for Permatang Pauh but he was not released to attend the recent sitting of Parliament.

The Malaysian authorities must stop the continued use of the offence of sedition to arbitrarily detain and stifle freedom of expression, said Sam Zarifi, ICJs regional director for Asia and the Pacific.

The arrest of MP Nurul Izzah Anwar shows that the Malaysia government seems to know no bounds in its efforts to stifle free speech and (the government is) criminalising dialogue that would be a normal part of political discourse in much of the rest of the world, said Phil Robertson, the Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch.

Prime Minister Najib and his government are shamefully using the Sedition Act like an axe to hack down opposition politicians, community activists, and any others who dare speak their minds.

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Anna at United Nations: Freedom is an illusion. – Video

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Mar 142015
 



Anna at United Nations: Freedom is an illusion.
UN: Anna on Freedom Statement delivered by Dr Anna Barchetti Durisch during the XXVIII session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 13th 2015.

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Politics: 'Free speech' defenders are endorsing homophobia

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Mar 142015
 

When SBS flatly refused to broadcast an ad for a Christian lobby group which claimed same-sex marriages would force children to miss out on a mother or a father during their Mardi Gras coverage, a few commentators argued that the decision was a hasty blow against free speech.

Not least of them was out gay Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, who describes the ad as distasteful and inappropriate, but insists it should still have screened.

Below, Melbourne secondary school teacher Alexandra OBrien disagrees. How comfortable would these free speech! defenders be if we were talking about a racist ad instead?

It blows my mind when I see people using the old right to free speech argument on social media as if this right gives companies and individuals the power to incite hate and fear, especially when using mass media outlets, such as the channel 7 and 9 anti-gay marriage ads which ran during Sydney Mardi Gras.

Im not going to endorse the institution of marriage here (hell nah), however lets get one thing straight for all of you closeted bigots out there who cry free speech when someone points out the homophobic, or perhaps racist or sexist comment that you are secretly supporting: No one, and I mean no one, has the right to cause further harm to an already oppressed, marginalised and vulnerable group.

There is no question that the LGBTIQ community, especially its youth, need protection, not condemnation.

In relation to the anti-marriage equality ads, the Australian Christian Lobby was happy to twist the statistics of one peer-reviewed study to suit their agenda, but in doing so they neglected that in a large queer specific study by The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre in partnership with The University of Western Sydney it was found that 33% of LGBTIQ youth have committed self harm, 64% have been verbally abused, 42% have thought about self-harm and suicide, 16% have attempted suicide and 18% have been physically abused. There is no question that the LGBTIQ community, especially its youth, need protection, not condemnation.

The old saying goes that a lie will go around the world while the truth is pulling its boots on and so yes, there is cause for restrictions of this so-called right to freedom of speech, and that is when it is being used to cause harm to oppressed and vulnerable people. Lets look to the European Convention on Human Rights who states that freedom of expression may be subject to restrictions or penalties and dont freak out, in Australia these restrictions come in the form of laws such as the sex discrimination act, telecommunications law (to avoid menacing, harassing or offensive communication), and the offensive language in public act. These are all restrictions in place to protect not to endanger.

According to The Guardian commentator Nesrine Malik however, there is a loophole. She argues that those who fancy themselves defenders of free speech must be consistent in their absolutism, and stand up for offensive speech no matter who is the target. So, where are the ad campaigns demoting and attacking interracial marriage, or indigenous rights and equity, or perhaps womens and childrens rights to safety? surely any such campaigns would be valid and protected by the virtuous freedom of speech argument? Oh wait, no they are not, because the general population understands them to be unethical and harmful.

So, to you bigots who hide behind your self-entitled right to freedom of speech, let the rest of us never forget the golden rule: When you defend something, you are actually endorsing it.

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Dark Leviathan: The Failure of Silk Roads Libertarian Utopia (w/ Henry Farrell) – Video

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Mar 112015
 



Dark Leviathan: The Failure of Silk Roads Libertarian Utopia (w/ Henry Farrell)
George Washington University Professor, Henry Farrell, explains the role of Tor browser by human rights activists, civil libertarians and criminal organizations. Criminal subcultures and trust….

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Salman Rushdie lectures on freedom, liberty and free speech – Video

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Mar 072015
 



Salman Rushdie lectures on freedom, liberty and free speech
Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie returned to Emory University in February as University Distinguished Professor for a public lecture on human rights and a num…

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Book Review | Human Rights Without Democracy?: Reconciling Freedom With Equality – Video

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Feb 192015
 



Book Review | Human Rights Without Democracy?: Reconciling Freedom With Equality
BOOK REVIEW OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK =— Where to buy this book? ISBN: 9780857457868 Book Review of Human Rights without Democracy?: Reconciling Freedom with Equality by Gret Haller.

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Freedom of the press in Commonwealth countries: How far should regulation go? – Video

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Feb 182015
 



Freedom of the press in Commonwealth countries: How far should regulation go?
On 14 January, in advance of its conference on Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth, CPA UK held a panel discussion exploring the extent to which freedom of the press is regulated in…

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Mad about free speech and North Korea? Hack back, says group

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Feb 132015
 

Story highlights North Korean defector who lives in U.S. calls picture pulling “embarrassing” Group seeks to harness anger over film being pulled, turned into attention on North Korea Hackathons meant to find ways to disseminate information in North Korea

The comedy lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose dynasty she loathes. Her father died in custody of North Korean security forces, who tied him by his wrist in a torturous position for 10 days without food. Her younger brother starved to death and her older sister is missing.

Read her story: A brutal choice

Jo escaped North Korea with her mother and sister, and was granted asylum in the United States in 2008, where they now reside in a quiet suburb.

When told “The Interview” would not be shown in theaters, Jo asked, “Are we that afraid? It’s sort of embarrassing. I thought America is strong. If North Korea is that frightening, I think that speaks for itself.”

If North Korea hacked the United States, she said, “Of course, people have to hack North Korea.”

Satire and North Korea

There’s nothing like canceling a satire to anger a nation. From celebrities to politicians, just about anybody with a social media account has been venting about Sony Picture’s decision to pull “The Interview” from U.S. theaters. Critics say it’s caving to hackers and muzzling free speech.

The FBI announced North Korea is officially responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, an attack law enforcement officials called a “game changer.” In a press conference Friday, Obama said the United States will respond “proportionally” to the attack,though he would not say how it would specifically retaliate.

“Right now people are angry in the U.S., people are angry at Sony,” said Alex Gladstein, director of institutional affairs at Human Rights Foundation. “It’s not the greatest movie of all time, but they can’t even go see it.”

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UK Tribunal Declares NSAs Data-Sharing with British Intel Illegal

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Feb 072015
 

A British tribunal has ruled that data sharing between the NSA and the UK spy group known as GCHQ was illegal for years. Why? Because it was done in secret.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the UK ruled today (.pdf) that British intelligence services acted unlawfully when they accessed the private communications of millions of people that had been collected by the NSA under its mass-surveillance programs known as PRISM and Upstream. The PRISM program, which began in 2007, allowed the NSA to collect data in bulk from U.S. companies like Yahoo and Google. The Upstream program involved the collection of data from taps placed on undersea cables outside the U.S.

The UKs use of the NSA data was illegal, the Tribunal found, because it violated the European Convention on Human Rights, which requires that activity that infringes on an individuals privacy be done both in accordance with the law and only when necessary and proportionate. The law requires that there be a detailed and publicly accessible legal framework in place that explains any privacy safeguards that are in place to help regulate programs that interfere with privacy. This was not the case until December 2014, after documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the data-sharing programs and a legal challenge to the data-sharing forced the government to disclose the safeguards it was using.

The legal challenge was brought in July 2013 by Privacy International, Liberty, and other human rights and civil liberties groups. These groups argued in their complaint that by obtaining data about UK citizens from the NSA, UK spy agencies had done an end-run around privacy protections that UK citizens have under domestic laws. This forced the UK intelligence community to explain the safeguards it had put in place to govern use of the data.

We now know that, by keeping the public in the dark about their secret dealings with the NSA, GCHQ acted unlawfully and violated our rights, said James Welch, legal director for Liberty, in a statement. That their activities are now deemed lawful is thanks only to the degree of disclosure Liberty and the other claimants were able to force from our secrecy-obsessed government.

The Guardian notes that this is the first time since the Tribunal was established in 2000 that it has upheld a complaint relating to the UKs intelligence agencies.

But civil liberties groups say the Tribunal didnt go far enough. They are appealing an earlier decision by the Tribunal in December of last year, which found that now that the safeguards are public, the program is legal.

The IPT ruled that, because the government was forced to disclosed these previous secret policies during the case, that the sharing of intelligence between GCHQ and NSA is lawful post December 2014. We obviously disagree with that, Mike Rispoli, spokesman for Privacy International told WIRED.

He said the groups are also still waiting on a ruling from the Tribunal regarding the proportionality of the data collection and sharing. That ruling is expected within a few months.

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Girl escaping from North Korea for searching a freedom – Video

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Dec 202014
 



Girl escaping from North Korea for searching a freedom
Yeonmi Park tells her story of life in North Korea and calls for action against such human rights violators. Yeonmi was speaking at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin. About One Young…

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Human Rights Awards 2014: Shami Chakrabarti in conversation with Vanessa Redgrave – Video

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Dec 092014
 



Human Rights Awards 2014: Shami Chakrabarti in conversation with Vanessa Redgrave
At Liberty's Human Rights Awards 2014 at Southbank Centre, London, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti talks to screen legend and lifelong campaigner Vanessa Redgrave CBE about acting, …

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Edward Snowden honoured with Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations – video – Video

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Dec 022014
 



Edward Snowden honoured with Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations – video
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Human Right: Freedom of speech, China – Video

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Nov 272014
 



Human Right: Freedom of speech, China
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Malaysian leader reverses pledge to scrap sedition law curbing free speech

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Nov 272014
 

Published November 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the law as part of political reforms.

Rights groups and opposition lawmakers slammed the move, with Human Rights Watch calling it a “major reversal of human rights.”

Najib says the Sedition Act will be bolstered to defend Islam and other religions, and to act against those calling for the secession of Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo island.

He said Thursday that enforcement will be fair to create a more peaceful, stable and harmonious country.

At least 14 people, including opposition lawmakers, academics and a journalist, have been charged under the law since last year, mostly for criticizing the government or ruling officials.

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Libya: Editor's Harsh Conviction Blow to Free Speech

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Nov 232014
 

press release

Beirut A Libyan criminal court’s imposition of a five-year prison term on Al-Ummah newspaper editor Amara al-Khatabi for allegedly defaming public officials is a serious blow to free speech that should not be allowed to stand.

The court convicted al-Khatabi for an article published in the November 21, 2012 edition of Al-Ummah. The article, “The Black List of the Judiciary,” named 87 judges and prosecutors, all members of the public judiciary, whom it accused of accepting bribes and other illicit earnings, and of loyalty to the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Al-Ummah said it had received the list from an unnamed source.

“Sending anyone, especially a newspaper editor, to prison for alleged defamation violates freedom of expression and can only have a chilling effect on the media,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “At a time when the rule of law in Libya is under huge threat from the actions of unaccountable armed groups, it is striking that prosecutors should give priority to a case like this.”

Prosecutors should not have charged al-Khatabi with criminal defamation to start with, Human Rights Watch said. Libyan authorities should withdraw this charge and abolish the laws that criminalize defamation, and which allow courts to ban persons from practicing journalism.

In a call with Human Rights Watch on November 20, 2014, al-Khatabi said he had been shocked when he received a court report on November 17 to learn that he had been convicted and sentenced on August 17. He said his lawyer would seek a re-trial as the court had reached its verdict in the absence of the defendant and his legal team.

The trial judge also ordered al-Khatabi to pay heavy damages to each of the five plaintiffs who brought the case; ordered the withdrawal of his civil rights during his imprisonment and for a year after his release; and banned him from practicing journalism for the duration of his prison sentence. The latter sentence would appear to create a system where state authorities decide who can and cannot be a journalist, which violates freedom of expression standards, Human Rights Watch said.

Since May, violent clashes between rival armed groups have intensified and developed into armed conflicts across Libya. Armed groups have committed what amount to war crimes by attacking civilians and civilian property. Unidentified assailants have killed at least 250 people in 2014 alone in what may amount to crimes against humanity. Libyan authorities have been unwilling or unable to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

Authorities arrested al-Khatabi on December 19, 2012, following which he spent close to six months in pretrial detention. On January 1, 2013, the fifth district criminal court charged him with “defaming” members of the judiciary.

His sentencing took place on August 17 but neither he nor his lawyer attended it because his lawyer, who had been at the courts complex that day, told him that the court would not convene due to the armed clashes then taking place in Tripoli. Al-Khatabi told Human Rights Watch that he learned that the trial had taken place and of his sentence only when he received a copy of the court report delivered to his home on November 17 informing him of the verdict.

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