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Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...

Myanmar’s Coming Revolution- What Will Emerge From Collapse?

Image: Anti-coup demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar, April 2021. By Thant Myint-U July/August 2021. Myanmar is at a point of no return. The army’s February coup, meant to...
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Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine half as effective as double dose against B.1.617.2 UK variant

A medic holds a vial of Covishield vaccine. File   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar The finding is significant for India, relying heavily on Covishield,...

The Covid-19 Story: Unmasking China’s Global Strategy

New research by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has found that China successfully activated existing media infrastructures to seed positive narratives globally amid...

Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies – Phil Thornton

Image: The Voice of Spring is an underground newspaper of the resistance. Journalists in Myanmar are being hunted and arrested by the country’s military for...

Germany must tighten climate law to protect young people’s future, court rules

Image: Sophie Backsen ( Green Peace) (Reuters, Thomas Escritt) Germany must update its climate law by the end of next year to set out how it...

Myanmar junta now publishing lists of wanted journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to react to the Myanmar military’s latest attempts to impose complete control over news and...

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst

Image: People carry the body of a man, who died due to COVID-19, before burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, on April...

Pakistan’s generals are ever more involved in running the country; And the prime minister seems ever more dependent on their backing

Before he became prime minister, Imran Khan was happy to hold forth about the role of the armed forces in Pakistan. They were so influential...

The Loss of Fear: Russian Dissidents From Dostoevsky to Navalny

Image: Aleksei Navalny. Many of us have asked why the Russian political dissenter, Aleksei Navalny, decided to return to Russia from Germany on January 17th,...

US: Congress Advances Slavery Reparations Bill

(Washington, DC) – The US Congress will take a historic step on April 14, 2021 when a congressional committee is to vote on a slavery reparations...

‘History will judge us harshly’: Myanmar special envoy to the UN calls for tougher sanctions

Sanctions on Myanmar’s military need to be tougher as the regime escalates violence on the ground, said Dr. Sasa, a special envoy to...

The Adani Group denies engaging with Myanmar’s military leadership over port deal but video suggests otherwise

Image: The Adani tour of Mandra port in 2019 included Adani Ports boss Karan Adani and Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing. (Supplied: Myanmar’s Office...

Bank of England unveils new banknote celebrating WW2 code-breaker Turing, who was punished for homo-sexuality in 1954

New 50 pound note, featuring late mathematician Alan Turing in this 2020 illustration Bank  of England/Handout via REUTERS/Illustration. LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England...

After the smoke clears, what will be left of media in Myanmar?

Image: Courtesy of Civil Disobedience Movement. Journalists in Myanmar face worsening conditions as military crackdowns and violence is compelling many to flee, writes Phil Thornton. Freelance...

Women’s lives have been shattered by COVID-19 – but there’s still plenty to celebrate

Image @Amnesty Internatinal. 8 March 2021. International Women’s Day 2021 International Women’s Day should be a time of celebration. It might feel like there’s not much to...

Myanmar: Media organisations shut down by military, offices raided; IFJ calls for UN investigation

Image: A Myanmar policeman chases a journalist holding a camera. Credit: Facebook (IFJ)Media organisations across Myanmar were ordered to close by the Myanmar Military Council...

Myanmar’s Bloody Sunday: Myanmar’s military using surveillance tools to ‘live’ track protestors’ locations..

(Photo of Myanmar press/IFJ) Press logos are becoming a target as Myanmar’s military takes aim with weapons and international-supplied surveillance, writes Phil Thornton. The Myanmar army,...

India: Instead of soft-touch monitoring [digital platforms], the government has opted for predatory new rules

The new rules introduced by the Centre last week to regulate all types of digital platforms, with the idea of redressing user grievances and ensuring compliance...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

Malaysiakini found guilty of contempt of court, fined, over readers’ comments

Image: Malaysiakini's Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan leaves the Federal Court after the online newspaper was found guilty of contempt over readers' comments Malaysia’s highest court...

Myanmar’s media under the coup – Phil Thornton

Journalists are being targeted, news outlets threatened, bullets fired, curfews imposed and internet blocked by a military junta intent on silencing dissent against stolen...

Victims to testify in Swiss war crimes trial of Liberian rebel commander

Image: A photograph from August 2003 shows a bullet-strewn street following a brutal civil war in Monrovia, Liberia. Keystone / Nic Bothma/Swissinfo The trial in Switzerland of...

Human Rights Council calls for release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Myanmar, and lifting of state of emergency

Image: Protesters face riot police in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Tension in the confrontations between the authorities and demonstrators against last...

Saudi Arabia releases prominent women’s rights activist from prison as Biden presses kingdom on human rights

Image: An undated picture on the Facebook page of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul (AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Dadouch and Kareem Fahim BEIRUT — One of Saudi Arabia's most...

Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand

In this image made from video, a woman flashes the three-fingered salute from a vehicle as a crowd of protesters march past Saturday, Feb....

India: Awaiting trial for six years, students’ rights activist Kanchan Nanaware (38) dies while in custody

Kanchan Nanaware, who was arrested for her alleged Maoist links, suffered from a congenital heart disease. She had been moved to a hospital on...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump’s accounts after video address

Image:Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed Donald Trump’s video post to the supporters who stormed the US Capitol. Photograph: Us President Donald J Trump Twitter/EPA Twitter...

Afghanistan: Journalist murdered on the first day of 2021

Image:Journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq. Credit: The Bharat Express. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Dara-e-Taimoor...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist assassinated

Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants...
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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government's decision to regulate fake news on social media. Issuing a statement...
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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

Image courtesy of Inter Press Service. Puyumi Fornseka. During the first five months of this year, more than 1,200 women dialed the 24-hour hotline: 1938 seeking...

Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...