The Blog — Human Rights
In Gaza, how you wear your hair has become the government's business.
Ignored by local media, arrested and beaten by police, hundreds of protestors in Bahrain stood their ground Friday in support of imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab.
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.
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.
In honor of Sattar Beheshti, the Iranian blogger murdered by “Cybercrime” police in Tehran 40 days ago, Movements.org will host a Digital Memorial on December 13 for people around the world to stand in solidarity with his greiving family and voice their support for free expression.
On August 16, 2012, David Keyes, executive director of Advancing Human Rights, was interviewed on Al Jazeera about the launching of the first interactive Syrian defection mapping. This initiative was a joint project of Google, Al Jazeera and Movements.org, a division of Advancing Human Rights. Keyes spoke about his recent trip to the Syrian-Turkish border where he met with leading opposition activists and discussed the ongoing psychological war between the opposition and the Syrian dictatorship. A short clip of the interview is provided.
From Syrian Sit-Ins on YouTube, to the worldwide Occupy movement, and the continued events following the transformative Arab Spring, web censorship rises as a prominent issue and concern for current social movements around the world. To share information between organizers and supporters through communication technologies has become, in some countries, risky and intensely challenging. A notable option to accessing blocked information and communicating securely is circumvention technology. Through the plethora of technologies available, digital activists of various movements and issues can both share their information with the world and mobilize within their country for change.
Aliaa El Mahdy, an Egyptian university student, has created a facebook page called “Resounding Cries,” which asks Egyptian men to post photos of themselves donning the hijab (Muslim veil). Mahdy feels that it is unjust that only women are required to wear the hijab, which reflects the unequal status of women in Islam.
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