HANOI: Vietnam has stepped up its imprisonment of political activists, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday (May 13), intensifying a crackdown that has seen the number of prisoners of conscience increase by almost a third since last year.Nearly 10 per cent of the 128 prisoners held in the Southeast Asian country for expressing dissenting views were jailed for posting anti-state comments on social media platforms such as Facebook, the report said.Amnesty defines prisoners of conscience as people who have not used or advocated violence but have been imprisoned because of their identify or beliefs."In the past year, the Vietnamese authorities have made a clear effort to clamp down on social media," Nguyen Truong Son, Amnesty's Vietnam Campaigner, told Reuters."They have realised that Facebook was one of the last safe spaces where people could peacefully speak their mind, spread news, hold debates - everything the authorities are afraid of," Son said.Despite presiding … [Read more...] about Vietnam intensifies crackdown on online dissent: Amnesty report
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LONDON: In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law.The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech.And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law.Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years.Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent.The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online.Last month, Britain proposed appointing an … [Read more...] about Europe is reigning in tech giants
DUBAI: Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned the prolonged detention of 10 journalists by Huthi rebels in Yemen, saying it reflected “the dire state of media freedom” in the war-torn country. The 10 journalists have been held since the summer of 2015 and are being prosecuted on trumped-up spying charges, according to the rights group. It said the men have been tortured, held incommunicado and deprived of medical care. “The unlawful and prolonged detention, torture and other ill-treatment of these 10 journalists is a shocking reminder of the repressive media climate facing journalists in Yemen and illustrates the risks they face at the hands of all parties to the conflict,“ said Rasha Mohamed, Amnesty’s Yemen researcher. “These men are being punished for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. “The de facto Huthi authorities should release them immediately and drop all the charges against them,“ he said in a … [Read more...] about Amnesty condemns Yemen rebels’ detention of journalists
WATCH: Where is the best lechon in Cebu? Rosette Adel (Philstar.com) - April 30, 2019 - 9:29pm MANILA, Philippines— Cebuanos are often asked where to get a good lechon or roasted suckling pig as it is one of the city’s most popular delicacies. The dish is not just known in Cebu but is also a staple in Filipino celebrations. In 2018, late celebrity chef and award-winning host Anthony Bourdain praised the lechon for its exceptional taste. “The best pig, ever!” he was quoted as saying. The Cebu lechon was also recently featured in Netflix’s original series “Street Food.” The show highlighted the lechon of Leslie Enjambre in Talisay. Her family’s lechon business started in the 1940s and was dubbed as the best in the city. READ: Who’s who: Cebuano chefs featured in ‘Street Food’ Cebuano food writer Jude Bacalso and Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou, who were part of … [Read more...] about WATCH: Where is the best lechon in Cebu?
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?