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· April, 2016

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2016

30 April 2016

As UN Decides Future of Western Sahara Peacekeeping Mission, Sahrawis Press for Human Rights

While international diplomats met this week to determine the future of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, demonstrators throughout the occupied territory are calling for self-determination and human rights.

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

Tackling Child Marriage in India, One Wedding Tent at a Time

"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."

South Sudan Is a Dangerous Place to Work as a Journalist

"South Sudan: 7 journalists killed in 2015. No killers brought to justice. No explanation from government."

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

South Africa Bans Several Sports Bodies From Hosting Global Events Over Lack of Diversity

"The ban on hosting global sporting events is another nail in the coffin for economic development and job creation."

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

#MedeHollín: The Campaign Against Pollution That Changed the Name of a Colombian City

"No need for words. #Medehollin I'm so sorry, These people don't love you as much as they say."

The Fight to Control the Narrative in Burundi's Crisis

Government critics are rejected as plotting or linked to insurgency, while government supporters and security services employees become collectively associated with authorities' repressive tactics.

27 April 2016

Anatomy of a Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’

"Why do I protest, and what is the Colorful Revolution? This is a struggle against the authoritarian and corrupt regime, personified by ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski."

Buenos Aires’ Not So Little Italy

Italian Argentines show their cultural legacy in different ways. In Buenos Aires' annual "Piccola Italia" festival, "Al Dente!" celebrates the country's Day of Italianness.

Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand

Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?

Indigenous Echoes, Broadcasting the Voices of Mexican Diversity on the Web

Rising Voices

A Mexican initiative brings the indigenous radio to the Internet and to the world.

26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

Latin America's Women Confront Sexual Harassment By Sharing Their Stories of Abuse

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of women across Latin America have shared harrowing testimonies of their first (and often not their last) experiences with sexual harassment.

Ecuadorians Come Together Online to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake

"Citizens have taken charge of all the organizing and the collaboration, there was no need for Rafael Correa in this country."

25 April 2016

The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North

Rising Voices

Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.

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