Internet throttling in Bangladesh: government, telcos must #KeepItOn
Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are demanding unfettered access to all people across Bangladesh at all times.
Burkina Faso must immediately end its internet shutdown, not extend it
The government of Burkina Fast must stop all attempts to control expression, communication, and access to information through arbitrary internet shutdowns.
#KeepItOn: Eswatini authorities shut down internet to quell protests, ask people to email grievances
Access Now is calling for an immediate reinstatement of internet access across Eswatini after authorities shut down the internet yesterday, June 29, in response to large-scale pro-democracy protests.
Instead of banning facial recognition, some governments in Latin America want to make it official
Buenos Aires, Brasilia, and Uruguay are pushing for use of facial recognition systems for “public security,” seeking to authorize the invasive and harmful use of mass surveillance tools. Civil society must fight back.
Myanmar must listen to those protesting internet shutdowns, not persecute them
Access Now, Article 19, Fortify Rights, and seven others are calling on authorities in Myanmar to immediately end criminal proceedings against, and release from detention, all those charged in relation to recent protests shining a spotlight on human rights violations and internet shutdowns in Rakhine and Chin states.
Côte d’Ivoire elections: keep internet on to protect democracy
The people of Côte d’Ivoire will head to the polls on October 31, 2020, to vote for the nation’s next president. Civil society is appealing to the government and internet service providers to continue to invest in open, secure, and free internet access for the duration of the election period, and beyond.
As Nigeria protests, the government must uphold connectivity
As Nigeria protests, it is imperative that President Muhammadu Buhari ensures stable, open access to the internet and digital communication channels throughout the nation.
Human rights groups ask U.N. to intervene in U.S. crackdown on racial justice protesters
Access Now and partners ask the United Nations to take a stand against the U.S. government’s violent response to peaceful protests.
Pandemics, protests, and power in digital spaces: the 44th U.N. Human Rights Council Session in review
In the context of COVID-19 and a wave of protests across the globe, the U.N. Human Rights Council held its 44th session. Here’s our read-out on the reports and resolutions that are key for defending digital rights around the world.