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Human Rights: Russian Laws Keep Gay Life Behind Closed Doors

  MOSCOW — Saint Petersburg has long been seen as Russia’s most liberal city.  But now it may be leading a national movement to ban public displays of gay life across Russia. When gay rights activists recently released a rainbow

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Posted in Censorship, Government Control, Human Rights, LGBT

Burma Celebrates Independence Amid Criticism

Burma is marking the 64th anniversary of its independence from Britain Wednesday, amid criticism that the government’s recent clemency program is not doing enough for political prisoners. President Thein Sein, in a statement commemorating independence day,  praised the military’s role

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Posted in Censorship, Free Speech, Human Rights, Liberation, Political Censorship

Iran: Female Blogger Receives 50 Lashes

Written by Fred Petrossian These are the words Iranian blogger Somayeh Tohidloo wrote [fa] in her blog after receiving 50 whip lashes in Evin Prison on September 14, 2011: Be happy, for if you wanted to humiliate me, I confess

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

The Fight to Free the Net

Who’s Best Equipped for the Battle? Max Shulman over at the New Republic starts his most recent magazine article with something of a window-rattler: “The State Department’s Shameful Record on Internet Freedom.” For some time now, under the leadership of 

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

15 Killed as Protesters Rally in Syria

Tens of thousands of Syrians have rallied against the government, as security forces expand their crackdown on dissent. Witnesses and activists say at least 15 people were killed on Friday after forces used live ammunition on protesters. They say most

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

At Least 32 Killed in Syrian Protests Against Regime

Four months after anti-government demonstrations began in Syria, tens of thousands of protesters marched Friday demanding the release of scores of people jailed during the uprising and calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Witnesses and

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Posted in Human Rights

US Joins 30 Countries in Recognizing Libyan Rebels

The United States joined 30 other countries Friday in formally recognizing Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council as the “legitimate governing authority.” The decision announced at a meeting of the international Libya Contact Group in Turkey, will increase pressure on Libyan

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Posted in Human Rights

US Seeks ‘Shadow’ Internet, Mobile Networks in Repressive Countries

Technology Special Report We reported last week on projects by the Obama administration to increase Internet freedom around the world. Alec Ross, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, recently discussed these efforts with VOA‘s Persian News Network.

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Posted in Human Rights

Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent

Syrian tanks stormed the town of Bdama near the border with Turkey Saturday, wreaking destruction, according to witnesses. Residents of the border region also continue to flee to neighboring Turkey, which is housing them in several refugee camps. Witnesses say

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Posted in Human Rights

U.S. Denounces Internet Censorship Worldwide While Pushing For More Censorship At Home

Portions of this article were sourced from psfk.com Lawmakers have been trying for years to thwart online piracy. Then in 2010, COICA, or S.3804 Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, was born. COICA met with a load of resistance because

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Posted in Human Rights

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