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Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook., Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 88 rights groups is calling for a transparent appeal process for user content that is restricted on Facebook.

Government of Argentina

In advance of their meeting in Argentina, civil society organizations from around the world are calling on the leaders of G20 countries to commit to building a digital ecosystem that centres human rights.

Screenshot from Mona el-Mazbouh’s apology video.

Over 25 organizations call on the Egyptian government to immediately release imprisoned Lebanese tourist Mona el-Mazbouh, yet another episode in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s continued crackdown on rights and freedoms.

Flag of the Council of Europe.

41 civil society organizations have endorsed a joint submission to the Council of Europe on how to amend their cybercrime convention to facilitate cross-border access to data by law enforcement without compromising human rights.

A Bahraini female protester holds a placard portraying Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, on March 24, 2015, during a demonstration against his arrest, in the village of Daih, west of Manama. Salman is behind bars for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime. His arrest on December 28, 2014, shortly after he was re-elected head of Bahrain's main opposition party Al-Wefaq, has sparked near-daily protests in Shiite villages., MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

NGOs call on Bahraini authorities to stop the trial of Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Bahrain’s largest opposition society, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. He is facing a potential death sentence on politically motivated charges.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) looks on during a news conference with Chad's Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif (R) in N'Djamena, Chad, 12 March 2018, JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images

For the second time this year, Chadian authorities have disrupted internet services in the country leaving internet users with no access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Council of Europe Headquarters, Strasbourg, France, Creative Commons

Nearly 100 rights groups asked the Council of Europe to engage civil society in their negotiation of a second cybercrime convention protocol, which is aimed at setting the terms for data access by law enforcement to servers outside their geographic authority.

Zimbabweans celebrate after President Robert Mugabe resigns in Harare, Zimbabwe, 21 November 2017, REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Major strides towards fighting impunity in The Gambia, US journalist Martha O’Donovan charged with subversion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe resigns, Guinea’s clampdown on free expression, and more in our November roundup of free expression issues in Africa.