We, the undersigned NGOs, urge your government to support the renewal and strengthening of the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen through the enhancement of its reporting structure and strengthening language on accountability, as a matter of priority at the upcoming 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, taking place from 10 - 27 September.
Index Number: ASA 16/7503/2017
Re: Urgent Action Needed to Protect Yemeni Human Rights Advocates and Civil Society
To Permanent Representatives of member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 23 February 2017
RE: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations in South Sudan
In January 2017, ARTICLE 19 analysed the December 2016 amendment to Thailand’s Computer Crime Act of 2007 (the Amended Act) for its compliance with international freedom of expression standards. The Amended Act is currently awaiting the endorsement of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. ARTICLE 19 has previously reviewed the 2007 Act and called on the Thai Government to amend it.
In December 2016, ARTICLE 19 analysed the draft Interfaith Harmonious Coexistence Law (the draft Law), proposed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar, for its compliance with international human rights standards.
Sixty organisations call on the Egyptian government to cease silencing civil society, and to allow NGOs to conduct their mandates within Egypt’s constitutional framework and in full respect of its international legal commitments to freedom of association.
ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This is despite the fact that many human rights concerns raised in previous resolutions remain.
Attacks against communicators on the rise
Brazil is facing a freedom of expression crisis. ARTICLE 19 has documented an increase of 67% in attacks against communicators in 2015. In our latest report released to mark World Press Freedom Day, we look at the statistics and what they reveal about the root causes of freedom of expression violations. We also make some concrete recommendations of what the Brazilian government and international community could do to roll-back this worrying trend.
H. E. Hun Sen
Royal Government of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
6 July 2015
Re: Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations
Dear Prime Minister Hun Sen,
ARTICLE 19 launches its report Women in Myanmar today. Women have inspired political leadership, reported fearlessly on current events and played a leading role in civil society in the country. As a result, however, they have faced a multitude of legal and policy restrictions and arbitrary punishments.
The right to freedom of expression is fundamental to democracy. If it is not respected, protected and fulfilled, democracy cannot work. Myanmar is trying to become a democracy. It is not the first state to do so, and can learn from the experiences of other democratising states –near and far– and look to changing its laws, policies and practices to bring the country in line with international law.
Pakistan must investigate Inter-Services Intelligence over attacks against journalists
Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military’s premier spy agency, over its alleged involvement in journalist attacks, said Amnesty International on the third anniversary of the abduction and killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad.
Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands
(Geneva, March 17, 2014) – The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 61 human rights organizations said today. The United Nations Security Council demanded the release of all arbitrarily detained people in Syria on February 22, 2014.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 23 January 2013 - Many governments and big businesses hide behind a veil of secrecy. They want to hide their impact on people's lives and the environment and to silence criticism of their policies and operations.
That means no one can hold them to account for actions that result in millions of people suffering from hunger. By strengthening laws that force them to be open and honest, we can make sure they do not get away with it.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 22 November 2012 - We, the undersigned participants of the meeting of the civil society delegates of the 2nd UN Inter-Agency meeting on the safety of journalists and the issues of impunity, that took place on the 21st of November, 2012:
Welcome and endorse the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity with the expectation that the United Nations and the member states will engage all stakeholders, including civil society and media, in its implementation in a participatory and inclusive manner;
Presentation to the Conference on Media Development in Myanmar, Organised by the Ministry of Information and UNESCO Rangoon, Myanmar, March 19-20, 2012
I am deeply honoured to be here today – in a Myanmar in dialogue and open exchange.
I am very honoured and very surprised - I don’t think I ever expected to be here today – yet time and time again world events and sheer human courage teach us that change is not to be predicted.
Joint NGO Statement
(New York) – Human Rights Watch joined more than 30 other organizations today in calling on Syrian authorities to release Mazen Darwish, a prominent human rights defender and and director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), as well as seven of his colleagues and a visitor to SCM, all detained on February 16. The statement follows:
Syrian Authorities Must Immediately and Unconditionally Release Mazen Darwish and Other Detained Activists
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 10 October 2011 - Uganda's human rights record will be reviewed on 11 October 2011 during the 12th Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. ARTICLE 19 urges Uganda to use this as an opportunity to review and repeal unduly restrictive freedom of expression legislation, including criminal defamation and excessively broad powers accorded to state media regulatory bodies. In addition, the issue of violence against journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents also needs to be addressed at this review.
16 March 2011
SOURCE: ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - London, 14.03.11 - In preparation for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Uganda, ARTICLE 19 has submitted a report highlighting the country's restrictive legislation related to the media and freedom of expression; the failure of the government to implement the access to information legislation; and the frequent attacks on journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents.
ARTICLE 19's submission focuses on restrictive legislation regarding …