ARTICLE 19
Articles by ARTICLE 19

Lack of progress on reform commitments undermines fundamental freedoms and democracy a year after the victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Turkey's opposition IYI Party posts an image that reads 'June 25: The opening of Wikipedia', in an election campaign against the ban on the online encyclopedia, in Ankara, 30 April 2018, Altan Gocher/NurPhoto via Getty Images

All language versions of the Wikipedia website have been banned since April 2017. The Turkish authorities say they imposed the ban after Wikipedia refused to remove an article alleging Turkish government support for terrorist groups in Syria.

Participants in an opposition rally in central Moscow protest against tightening state control over the internet in Russia, 10 March 2019, Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, shoots with a camera at his home in the capital Cairo, 4 March 2019, KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

MENA in March: Iranian lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh sentenced to 38 years; a campaign against F1 complicity, an index of online incitement against Palestinians, and more.

Pakistani civil society activists take part in a rally for women's rights on International Women's Day in Lahore, 8 March 2019, ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

International Women’s day was celebrated across the Asia-Pacific region but women’s groups were harassed in Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Thai media faced tremendous challenges ahead of the elections, and a new report revealed unabated media killings in Afghanistan.

People hold signs and cutouts of women incarcerated in Saudi Arabia during an Amnesty International protest outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, 8 March 2019, PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Not only are these women activists facing prosecution without due process, they’ve also subjected them to severe torture, including by sexual violence and electrocution.

Political activist Jolovan Wham (2nd R) arrives at the State court in Singapore, 3 January 2019, ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Jolovan Wham was sentenced to 16 days in prison for organizing a Skype talk with a Hong Kong youth activist.

Supporters of jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo hold a rally in Yangon, Myanmar, 12 December 2018, MYO KYAW SOE/AFP/Getty Images

Discussions around preventing the abuse of counter-terrorism laws, protecting the safety of journalists, and combatting religious intolerance, must be focused on bringing practical national-level changes to protect civil society space and dissent, while routine human rights violators must be brought to account.