Kazakhstan Draft Law Would Undermine Freedom of Assembly

Expand Kazakhstan’s police officers push arrested protesters into a police bus during an opposition rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 21, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov Despite repeated promises by Kazakhstan’s authorities to reform the country’s restrictive protest law, on March 26, parliament rushed through the first vote on a bill that would ultimately maintain the […]

South Sudan Academic Suspended Over Opinion Piece

Expand Academic and writer, Taban Lo Liyong.  © 2014 Private South Sudan’s University of Juba has suspended a renowned academic and writer from his teaching position over an opinion article on the issue of states and their boundaries – a controversial issue that has yet to be addressed by South Sudanese leaders before a Unity government […]

Northwestern University’s Precarious Role Under Qatar’s Repressive Laws

Expand A group of Lebanese activists chant slogans as they hold Arabic placards that read: “Freedom of expression,” right, and “With Mashrou’ Leila against the suppression of freedoms.  © 2019 Bilal Hussein/AP Photo When brand-recognition universities, like Northwestern, Yale, or NYU, choose to expand their reach and build campuses in countries that don’t guarantee academic […]

Myanmar: More Jail Time for Satirical Troupe

Expand Activists hold blue shirts that read: “Condemning on charge by military [is] oppressing freedom of expression,” during the trial of members of the Student Union and leaders of Peacock Generation “Thangyat” performance group in Yangon, Myanmar.  © 2019 AP Photo/Thein Zaw (Bangkok) – A Yangon court handed down more convictions against members of a satirical theater […]

Myanmar: Rohingya Jailed for Traveling

Expand A police officer stands guard at a checkpoint in Shwe Zar village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, September 6, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo (New York) – Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should […]

Brunei: New Report on Abusive Penal Code

Expand The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah listens during the first executive session of the CHOGM summit at Lancaster House in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.  © 2019 AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Brunei should immediately repeal its newly enacted penal code, which violates a range of human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in an open […]

Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Expand The media photograph Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal tut.by, as she attends her trial for alleged ‘unauthorised access’ to information from state-run BelTA news agency, in Minsk, March 4, 2019. © 2019 SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images   (Brussels) – The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights […]

Austria’s Strache Scandal Shows Why Media Freedom Matters

Expand Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (Austrian Freedom Party), addresses the media during press conference at the sport ministry in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 18, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Michael Gruber The Austrian populist rightwing Freedom Party (FPÖ), until Monday part of the country’s governing coalition, has suffered after its attempt to take over a […]