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23 January 2018

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

Global Voices Advocacy

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister's Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns

“I regret that the National Unity Government talks about good governance while appointing a minister who lacks primary literacy.”

20 January 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

12 January 2018

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

11 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

10 January 2018

‘If I Don't Oppose Dictatorship, Am I Still a Man?': Chinese Activist Gets Eight Years in Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

Wu Gan, better known by his nickname “Super Vulgar Butcher”, has been active in Chinese human rights circles since 2008.

8 January 2018

The Untimely Death of an Exiled Ethiopian Journalist

Global Voices Advocacy

"His reward for having conscience in a country that criminalises it was torture & death in exile."

7 January 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."

In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind (Part Two)

"It’s the lack of progress on the part of the government which led to series of protests highlighting the plight of families of the disappeared, political prisoners...and land occupation."

5 January 2018

What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure

Global Voices Advocacy

"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."

4 January 2018

Netizen Report: Iranian Authorities Are Blocking International Web Traffic and Messaging Platforms

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Iranian Technicians Have Been Ordered to Disrupt International Web Traffic Amid Protests

Global Voices Advocacy

“We have been ordered to interrupt international traffic,” a source at an Iranian internet exchange point said.

3 January 2018

Growing Popular Opposition Continues to Put Pressure on Ethiopia’s Ruling Party

"2017 was the year of the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation...The OPDO was able to shake the puppet label and actually prove to be quite vocal in #Ethiopia's political arena."

31 December 2017

If You Spent 2017 in the Caribbean, This Was The Kind of Year You Had

2017 was a bit like a rollercoaster for the Caribbean archipelago, complete with incredible highs and stomach-churning lows.

2017: Another Year of Feminist Counter-Power in Latin America

As women's movements continue to gain ground, 2018 is expected to be a year that sees the growth of many more projects that push for fundamental changes to society.

30 December 2017

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

In 2017, Stories of Resilience, Creativity and Love Were Plentiful

Injustice abounds, but the human spirit is alive, kicking, and as beautiful as ever. Take a look at these highlights of Global Voices' coverage in 2017.

29 December 2017

From Internet Blackouts to Violent Attacks, South Asia Saw New Threats to Free Expression Online in 2017

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2017, South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of expression.

Despite Regime Change, Macedonian Civil Society Is Still Reeling from Political Persecution and ‘De-Sorosization’

Global Voices Advocacy

Will Macedonia's new government keep its promise to respect the role of civil society?

28 December 2017

Macedonia's Former Government Tried to Cover Up Its Own Wiretapping Operation, With Help from a Foreign Company

Global Voices Advocacy

New revelations show the depths of manipulation perpetrated by the populist propaganda machine of Macedonia's former government.

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