IFEX Daily Digest for 1 August 2012

31 July 2012 | International

Toxic bedfellows: sport, politics and human rights

In this cynical ménage á trois, it's human rights that gets tossed aside when no longer needed.


1 August 2012 | International

Mobile technologies put users' security at risk

The capability of repressive governments to monitor users of mobile phones and block access to Internet content is far beyond levels realised by users.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

1 August 2012 | Rwanda

Journalist cleared after three months in prison

Habarugira Epaphrodite was charged with "spreading genocide ideology" after he mixed up the Kinyarwanda words for “victims” and “survivors,” making it sound as though he approved of the genocide.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

1 August 2012 | Mexico

Individual infiltrates home security system to threaten journalist

Lydia Cacho said an unfamiliar voice came over her security system's speaker warning her "not to mess with us" or "we will send you home in little pieces."
1 August 2012 | Venezuela

Doctor dismissed after criticising hospital in "El Universal" interview

Dr. Oswaldo Godoy had told the paper that the hospital has limited operational capacity because of renovation projects that have been taking place for several years.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

1 August 2012 | Malaysia

Free expression set back by court ruling on cartoonist's case

A civil court found that Zunar's arrest had been lawful, while the continued holding of his books and artwork was not.
31 July 2012 | Mongolia

Criminal defamation charges brought against journalist

L. Bayaraa was detained twice while under investigation and finally ordered to pay compensation to a member of parliament.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

31 July 2012 | Belarus

Journalist facing sentence for exposing Minsk metro security flaws

Vital Ruhayn was arrested after posting a video online showing a lack of security on the Minsk subway, which was the target of a deadly bombing in April 2011.
31 July 2012 | Tajikistan

Authorities block Internet, mobile and landline connections to Gorno Badakhshan province

The blocking of communications has taken place as dozens of deaths have been reported after troops were sent to the region to arrest those responsible for the murder of the local state security chief.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

UK Foreign Secretary urged to address repression of free speech in UAE

In an open letter to the foreign secretary, rights organisations point to the intimidation campaign against peaceful political activists.

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