Iranian men are taking cross-dressing selfies for an online movement protesting a sexist punishment for criminals in Kurdistan. Our own Solmaz Sharif covers a powerful (and fun) digital protest that has sprung up in response to a judge's offensive decision, a violent police crackdown, and an underlying gender bias.
One the day when the U.S. celebrates a national holiday reserved for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Movements.org takes a moment honor the legacy of a man who inspired his generation and countless others to non-violent revolution against the tyranny of an unjust status-quo.
As part of the ongoing Movements Monday series focusing on digital human rights activism around the world, this past week Movements.org joined a panel of young Saudi activists to discuss the building momentum for human rights reform in Saudi Arabia. The January 14 TwitterChat took place two years to the day after Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee his country by popular uprisings and was granted safe stay in one of the world's most repressive nations.
Imprisoned Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who herself frequently represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists and politicians, was granted a furlough for three days after spending the past 867 days in prison.
Egyptian lawyer and human rights advocate, Ahmad Al-Jizawi, was sentenced to five years in prison and 300 lashes by the Jeddah General Court in Saudi Arabia. Jizawi has made himself a thorn in the side of Egyptian and Saudi authorities by speaking out against arbitrary detentions, but this time he was charged with attempting to smuggle over 21,000 of the anti-anxiety pill Xanax into the country, pills that are deemed to be narcotics by the Saudi authorities.
In Saudi Arabia— one of the world’s most repressive countries—a human rights movement is building momentum. At 12 noon EST this Monday, January 14 we will host the next in our series of Movements Monday features: this time a live Twitter chat with young Saudi cyber activists who will share their perspective on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Repression and explain where their cyber movement is headed.
The freedom of movement is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but Imad Bazzi’s outspoken criticisms of his country’s government have made him the latest activist to be kept from leaving his country.
Welcome to Movements Monday, a roundup of a few recent stories and resources about activism, free expression, and the Internet.
For two years, China has denied the famed blogger and artist Ai Weiwei freedom to travel. Now you can help him see the world. Turn your iPhone into an iWeiwei.
Kuwait is considered to have the least dictatorial regime in the Gulf, but the recent surge of human rights violations against dissidents, bloggers and protesters prove otherwise. Online activists have covered and reported these violations via Twitter and their blogs, and we've summarized some of those reports here.
Saudi activists and bloggers are launching a Twitter campaign to publicize the issue of the political prisoners in Saudi Arabia. Can a young woman and her fellow bloggers engage the kingdom's growing social media population on an important issue? We'll follow their efforts in the coming week.