The Blog — Human Rights
WITNESS has released its 2011 'Cameras Everywhere' report. According to Peter Gabriel, the co-founder of WITNESS, "This report asks the hard questions about how to protect and empower those who attempt to expose injustices through video. It provides specific recommendations for immediate and future actions that can reduce danger for those risking their lives. This report is an important step to understanding how we can harness the power of video and technology to empower activists to protect and defend human rights. This is the age of transformative technology."
There’s an intensifying struggle in China over information and at the heart of it is the internet. As we all know, controlling the internet is virtually impossible. But that doesn’t stop the Chinese government, backed with a very sophisticated system of censorship, from trying.
In a new development, the country’s popular Sina Weibo micro-blogging platform has informed its users that they risk having their accounts suspended if they spread rumours that provoke social unrest.
Using Facebook, YouTube, and QR Codes the forces behind MidEast Youth have launched an interactive campaign in response to the Iranian governments practice of preventing different groups of people (Baha'i, activists, feminists, human rights defenders, etc) from receiving a higher education. Read the full case study here.
Since 1994 Belarus has had the same President, Alexander Lukashenko. Under Lukashenko's rule, Belarus has emerged to be viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law and whose regime is considered to grossly violate human rights. Young activists in the Soviet republic have been the driving force behind this growing physical presence of discontent across the country. Will this lead to a full-blown revolution?
Video coverage from protests across MENA this week. Do YOU have video you've taken on the ground? Send to us and we'll share.
The world’s worst online oppressors are using an array of tactics, some reflecting astonishing levels of sophistication, others reminiscent of old-school techniques. From China’s high-level malware attacks to Syria’s brute-force imprisonments, this may be only the dawn of online oppression.
The Abahlali baseMjondolo logo Technology + a Shared Message = A Louder Political Voice in South Africa
In 2005, a shack dwellers community in Durban were denied land that they had been promised by the newly elected African National Congress - a party supposedly elected to serve them. This land would have significantly improved the community’s living situation by reducing overcrowding. This action by the government prompted members of this community to create a physical blockade to the planned development, and ultimately earn this land as their own. The Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dweller’s) movement was born
In a country largely described as conservative, where women are generally reminded of their place by being told what they can openly discuss and what they cannot, a society many see as being still steeped in that African time-warp, the Internet has offered a priceless platform to discuss issues that otherwise remain taboos. After all, this is Zimbabwe where the president is world-renowned for his strong views against issues such homosexuality.
Do you know what stateless (Bidun) means in Kuwait? It means you do not exist. You have no access to public education or health care, no chance of employment in the government sector, no certificates for marriage, divorce, birth, death and no civil identification papers, driving license, passport, and definitely no citizenship.