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The passing of the new cybercrime law is another worrisome development for citizens in Egypt and adds to the many human rights violations already in place. Signed by President Abdelfattah al-Sisi in August 2018, the law provides the State with the authority to block websites that it deems pose threats to national security and the economy. Administrators and visitors to these sites may face fines and jail times for doing so.The law was passed by Parliament in June 2018.Read more
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Lebanon participated in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018, presented its progress report towards achieving sustainable development, and had its Q&A session on July 18th, 2018, at the UN Headquarters in New York.Read more
August 17, 2018 To: His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Re: Call for action to condemn the Lebanese authorities’ pervasive summons of peaceful activists infringing their right to freedom of expression Mr High Commissioner, Mr Special Rapporteur, We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our great concern about the current human rights situation in Lebanon. For many months, Lebanese security agencies, particularly the Cybercrime Bureau of the Internal Security Forces, have been summoning individuals with regard to social media posts. Many of these convocations result in periods of deprivation of liberty and often ends with activists signing pledges restricting their freedom of expression. Our appeal has been triggered by the summoning of a prominent Lebanese human rights defender, Mr. Wadih al-Asmar. On Thursday August 16, Mr. Al Asmar received a call from the Cybercrime Bureau requesting him for questioning with regard to posts published on his Facebook account.Read more