• HRF to Morocco: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Activists

    HRF to Morocco: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Activists

    “Over the past three years, Morocco has drastically increased its crackdown on free speech. Criticizing the absolutist monarchy continues to be forbidden by law and harshly punished, but now journalists who simply want to report on Morocco’s reality are increasingly targeted and subject to lengthy prison terms and heavy fines,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “If Morocco were a genuine constitutional monarchy, citizen journalism wouldn’t be punished, corruption exposés would be welcomed, and these seven human rights activists wouldn’t be facing criminal charges,” added Halvorssen.
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  • Ecuador: HRF Condemns Cyber-Attacks Against Free Press Watchdog

    Ecuador: HRF Condemns Cyber-Attacks Against Free Press Watchdog

    HRF strongly condemns the multiple denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Fundamedios, Ecuador’s most prominent free press organization. The attacks come less than two months after an investigation revealed a large-scale hacking campaign against independent media and political opposition that — the evidence suggests — was sponsored by several South American governments, including President Rafael Correa’s.
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  • Afghanistan: HRF Condemns Taliban Deadly Attack on Tolo News

    Afghanistan: HRF Condemns Taliban Deadly Attack on Tolo News

    HRF strongly condemns last week’s Taliban suicide attack on employees of TOLO News, Afghanistan’s first 24-hour news channel. For years, TOLO and its parent company MOBY Group have operated openly under Taliban threats. On January 20, a Taliban bomber detonated explosives, targeting a TOLO bus carrying employees during evening rush hour.
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  • Hong Kong: HRF Urges the Release of Five Publishers

    Hong Kong: HRF Urges the Release of Five Publishers

    HRF urges Hong Kong authorities to thoroughly investigate the disappearance of five book publishers and calls on Chinese authorities to release them from possible custody. In recent months, five employees and owners of a publishing company that is critical of the Chinese regime have disappeared.
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  • Venezuela: HRF condemns inhuman and degrading treatment of Leopoldo López’s wife and mother

    Venezuela: HRF condemns inhuman and degrading treatment of Leopoldo López’s wife and mother

    HRF condemns the inhuman and degrading treatment of Lilian Tintori and Antonieta Mendoza, wife and mother of prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López, by military personnel at Ramo Verde prison.
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Feb. 4, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Morocco: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Activists

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NEW YORK (February 4, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns Morocco’s continued crackdown on freedom of expression, and urges the authorities to drop all charges against seven human rights activists, including five journalists. This group is facing prosecution for organizing a workshop to promote citizen journalism in Morocco. The activists were scheduled to appear in court on January 27 to face charges that include “threatening the internal security of the state,” a criminal offense punishable with up to five years in prison. The trial, which was initially set to take place on November 19, 2015, was once again postponed to March 23.  

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Feb. 1, 2016 | Press Releases

Kazakhstan: Release Activists; Drop Incitement Charges Against Them

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NEW YORK (February 1, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the immediate release of activists Yermek Narymbayev and Serikzhan Mambetalin, and calls on the government of Kazakhstan to drop the incitement charges arbitrarily imposed on them. On January 22, Narymbayev and Mambetalin were arrested and charged with “incitement to social, ethnic, tribal, racial, class or religious strife,” an offence the Kazakh government routinely uses against activists and journalists to stifle free speech. Narymbayev and Mambetalin were charged after they published Facebook posts discussing an unpublished book written two decades ago by an activist who is now under investigation for the same charge.

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Jan. 29, 2016 | Press Releases

Ecuador: HRF Condemns Cyber-Attacks Against Free Press Watchdog

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NEW YORK (January 29, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the multiple denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Fundamedios, Ecuador’s most prominent free press organization. These attacks began just days after the nonprofit launched Censuracom.ec, a website designed to expose the government’s crackdown on independent media during 2015. The attacks come less than two months after an investigation revealed a large-scale hacking campaign against independent media and political opposition that — the evidence suggests — was sponsored by several South American governments, including President Rafael Correa’s.

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