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Two years after #Jan25 and the subsequent #DayofRage on January 28 2011, Movements.org hosted the next in its series of MovementsMonday live Twitter chats-- this time with Egyptian activists fighting to preserve the gains of the #Jan25 uprising. Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy
Famed Chinese Dissident Wei Jingsheng recently spoke about human rights, China and the power of the internet to transform society.
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While protests in Egypt turned violent after police crackdown, activists in Azerbaijan rallied to support demonstrators who were hauled away by security forces. Thumbnail photo by: RFERL.org.
Throngs of anti-government protesters and riot police were locked in a bitter skirmish, Friday, in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, after authorities denied a request for an opposition rally. Friday’s protests was the most recent flare-up in a two-year long conflict between the Sunni-led government and the country’s majority Shiites that are seeking more of a political voice.
On the second anniversary of #Jan25 protests erupting in Egypt, protestors once again assembled in Tahrir Square and around the country to demand rights in the face of ongoing repression... this time, from the democratically elected regime. Photo by: Kamal Sedra
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.