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30 November 2015

Death in Diyarbakır: Shooting of Human Rights Lawyer Deepens Turkey's Political Strife

"We have lost a very important lawyer who gave all his life to peace and the human rights struggle. Please get to know him better and do not forget him."

Russia Considers Tougher Restrictions on Mobile SIM-Card Sales

RuNet Echo

You already need a passport to buy a prepaid SIM-card in Russia, but regulators want to further restrict SIM-card sales, citing security reasons and the increasing "terrorist threat."

Sahand Sahebdivani: ‘The Main Thing That Storytelling Does Is It Makes You Human’

In the second part of this interview, Sahand Sahebdivani delves deeper into cultural encounters through stories and the way technology can bring us closer: ‘We’re constantly bombarded by people’s stories’.

29 November 2015

How Many People Win the Nobel Peace Summit Award and a Latin Grammy in the Same Week?

Hip hop artist René Pérez has lent his voice to numerous causes over the years, such as the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

Global Voices Advocacy

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

Life for Bolivian Children in Prison Is Rough, But It Might Soon Improve

Bolivia is possibly the only country in the world that sometimes imprisons children and teenagers with their parents, while the latter serve out sentences for criminal convictions.

27 November 2015

The Big Laughs of Mexico's ISIS Threat

Far from showing fear, Mexicans have flooded the Internet with sarcastic jokes and dark comedy about the apparent threat from ISIS.

Are Russian News Media Getting a Boost from Retweet Bots on Twitter?

RuNet Echo

Analysis indicates the retweet and favorite counts of some of Russia's top news agencies are seemingly being artificially inflated by hundreds of Twitter bots.

Australians Unite to Tackle Family Violence on White Ribbon Day 2015

"More than needing sympathy, those experiencing family violence need well funded services, decent housing, strong social welfare"

President Duda's Controversial Pardon Has Not Put Poles in a Forgiving Mood

Earlier this month, just a day after the new Polish government was sworn in, President Duda made the controversial decision to pardon Mariusz Kamiński, a member of Duda's former party.

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

Stranded Migrants, Syrian Refugees and Street Sexual Harassment Hit Costa Rican Headlines

Three events have caused Costa Rica to hit the headlines in Central America in mid November. Let's see what it was about.

Two Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Homosexuality in Public. This Is How They'd Do It.

RuNet Echo

Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

Ahmadi Muslims Once Again Become a Target for Violence in Pakistan

"We bleat about the West callously turning back refugees while we sit in abject silence at continued Ahmadi persecution in Pakistan."

‘If There Is One Thing the Angolan Government Is Scared of, It Is People’

Read part two of an interview with Laurinda Gouveia, who is accused of inciting rebellion against the Angolan government for participating in a book group.

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