Monday, August 23, 2021

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: President Blocks Institutional Accounts - Press Release


Human Rights Watch identified 13 institutional accounts blocked by President Bolsonaro: the Twitter accounts of media sites The Intercept Brazil, Congresso em Foco, Reporter Brasil, Aos Fatos, Diário do Centro do Mundo, and O Antagonista, and two Instagram accounts of news site UOL; two Twitter accounts of Observatório do Clima, a coalition of civil society organizations; and the Brazil Twitter accounts of Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.


“We have found out that @jairbolsonaro blocked @ReporterB. Blocking news media and journalists has become common practice by this government. We condemn such attitude, and it will not curtail our investigations into actions by the president that have an impact on the environment, human rights, and health.”


The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, in Portuguese) has identified 135 reporters blocked by senior government officials, the majority of them by President Bolsonaro. Some may have replied to Human Rights Watch posts and would be included in the list of people blocked.

See HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH,, under videos and photos



Thursday, August 12, 2021

IRAN: Security Forces Resort to Unlawful Use of Force - PRESS RELEASE

Amnesty International, USA, 8-11-2021

Iranian security forces resorted to unlawful use of force, including birdshot, and mass arrests to ruthlessly crackdown on predominantly peaceful protests that have erupted in various locations across the country over the past few weeks, said Amnesty International. 

Activists, protesters and bystanders swept up in the wave of arrests,including children, have been subjected to enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment.



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

NIGERIA: Activists Jailed for T-Shirts - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, 8-3, 2021.

Activists Larry EmmanuelAnene Victor UdokaSamuel GabrielHenry Nwodo, and Ben Mannaseh are being arbitrarily detained in connection to their peaceful activism. 

On July 4, 2021 they attended a church service at the Dunamis International Gospel Center in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, when they were arrested and beaten by the Center’s security unit for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts. 

In detention, they have been denied access to their lawyers and family and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Nigerian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release them, in accordance with a court order.