Plus: Thai authorities should release student activist; 'morality' prosecutions of women in Egypt; fears that hampering the US Postal Service could disrupt voting; Ethiopian opposition figures held without charges; Colombia should seek the extradition of ex-paramilitary commander; and Facebook's algorithm allegedly promotes Holocaust denial.
People around the world are standing up for human rights and democracy, with powerful protests in Belarus, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Thailand.
Young people are being a central part of protests. They should not be criminalized nor prosecuted for peaceful protests and critical expression demanding political reform.
Since late April, Egyptian authorities have carried out an abusive campaign targeting female social media influencers on charges that violate their rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and nondiscrimination. This is a new effort to control women’s use of public spaces.
Amid fears that changes at the US Postal Service will restrict the number of Americans who can vote by mail, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now called on the House to return to Washington for a special session to address the issue.
A month after one of the most violent spates of unrest in Ethiopia’s recent history, authorities should bring credible charges based on clear facts and evidence against detainees or ensure their release.
The Colombian government should urgently exhaust all legal avenues to secure the extradition of a former paramilitary commander, Salvatore Mancuso, from the United States. His testimony would be valuable in uncovering the full truth about the paramilitaries’ crimes and accomplices.
According to a new investigation, Facebook’s algorithm allegedly “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content.