Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

Extremist Measures: The UK Government Further Obstructs the Right to Protest

Extremist Measures: The UK Government Further Obstructs the Right to Protest

On March 1, UK Prime Minister Sunak delivered a divisive impromptu speech, much of which was spent demonising groups calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. He claimed that protests have...
Freedom of the Press Online: Bandwidth Throttling in Indonesia

Freedom of the Press Online: Bandwidth Throttling in Indonesia

A June 2020 judgment by the Jakarta State Administrative Court will forever become one of Indonesia’s most notable rulings in its judicial history. This case was decided by a panel...
One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

One year on, US journalist Evan Gershkovich remains a state hostage in Russia

For the past twelve months, US journalist Evan Gershkovich, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has been held in a Moscow prison awaiting trial. Arrested by security services on...
AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

AI and Global Development: The Role of Economic and Social Rights

As policymakers in the Global North prepare to introduce binding horizontal AI regulation, increasing attention is also being paid to the promises and pitfalls of AI for developing countries. Although...
ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

For her upcoming report to the Human Rights Council to be presented in June 2024, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Farida Shaheed, will consider...
Meta’s Neutrality Crisis and Dangerous Organisations Policy

Meta’s Neutrality Crisis and Dangerous Organisations Policy

Meta is accused of “systemic and global” censorship in a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report for particularly targeting pro-Palestinian voices on Facebook and Instagram. The report outlines thousands of...
Empty Seats, Silenced Voices: Looming Shadow of Democratic Erosion in India’s Mass Suspensions

Empty Seats, Silenced Voices: Looming Shadow of Democratic Erosion in India’s Mass Suspensions

Recently, during the Winter Session of the Indian Parliament, more than 140 opposition members of Parliament (MPs) were suspended, sparking concerns about the freedom of speech and expression in the...
The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The Supreme Court of Russia, on 30 November 2023, ruled against the ‘international LGBTQ movement’, declaring it an ‘extremist organisation’ and allowing the Russian government to take steps to curb...
Confronting Cyber Homophobia – Lessons from the United Kingdom and a Plea for Legal Reform in India

Confronting Cyber Homophobia – Lessons from the United Kingdom and a Plea for Legal Reform in India

Priyanshu, a self-taught make-up artist and social media influencer from Ujjain, India, boasting an Instagram account with over 13,000 followers, was known for sharing content related to make-up, beauty, and...
Museums and Missiles: Russia’s Attack on Ukrainian Heritage Highlights the Need to Protect Cultural Rights

Museums and Missiles: Russia’s Attack on Ukrainian Heritage Highlights the Need to Protect Cultural Rights

Since Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February 2022, they have bombed, defaced, and looted sites of cultural significance to the Ukrainian people. UNESCO recently confirmed that 295 sites have been...
Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

Democratic Descent in Niger: From Hope to Uncertainty

In the first peaceful democratic transition of power since the independence of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum was elected President by constitutional elections in 2021. Just two years later he was overthrown...
Holding Social Media Companies Accountable for Hate Speech in Times of Conflict and War: An Urgent Necessity

Holding Social Media Companies Accountable for Hate Speech in Times of Conflict and War: An Urgent Necessity

Imagine a world where the Nazis didn’t have a powerful propaganda tool like the newspaper Der Stürmer. Could the Nazis have perpetrated large-scale genocide without the help of media fuelling...

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