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29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

Global Voices Advocacy

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

23 August 2016

A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won

"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."

12 August 2016

Despite Flood Devastation, the Macedonian Government Pours Millions Into a Ferris Wheel

At least 21 people died, and dozens are missing and injured, in floods that hit the Macedonian capital Skopje, following torrential rains on August 5.

11 August 2016

Australia’s Census Website Was Never Very Popular, And That Was Before Cyber Attacks Crashed It

The Australian Bureau of Statistics took down its website on Census Night following DDos cyber attacks, fuelling existing concerns about privacy, security, and anonymity.

10 August 2016

China Is Turning Its Once Powerful Communist Youth League Into an Online Campaign Machine

Before President Xi came into power, the Communist Youth League served as a launching pad for China’s political elite.

9 August 2016

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

6 August 2016

#RallyForTheValley Brings Attention to the Plight of Dam Victims in India

"They should have initiated the rehabilitation of people in the affected areas first, and then only started the work..."

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

1 August 2016

In Nike's Ad About Female Athletes in India, Too Much Glamour, Not Enough Names?

"That Nike Ad shows how little we know about female sportsperson or athletes in this country."

29 July 2016

A Police Raid in Bangladesh Leaves Nine Suspected Militants Dead. ISIS or Not ISIS?

"What we have in Bangladesh is a curious case involving a terrorist group that publishes magazine articles to boast about its plans, while the government...keeps on blaming the opposition..."

27 July 2016

Jalisco Moves to End Political Immunity and Usher In a New Kind of Politics for Mexico

"For many years they've told us we have to get used to the political class' privileges, but today in Jalisco we heard the historic call of society: no more impunity."

Critics of ‘Military Impunity’ Take On Indian-Administered Kashmir

In recent weeks, there have been protests in Delhi and Calcutta, where demonstrators called for the revocation of two controversial laws, and the immediate demilitarisation of the Kashmir region.

26 July 2016

Is Malaysia's Prime Minister at the Centre of a Billion Dollar Corruption Lawsuit in America?

"I'm angry that the money is used like a personal bank account. More angry at the fact that Malaysian Official #1 is an untouchable here."

22 July 2016

Maldives Opposition Holds Rally Despite Resistance From Government

"Under the plan for reform, Yameen is making criticism a crime..."

Mauritanian Authorities Once Again Go After Anti-Slavery Activists

"Many work without rest, without wages for their master's benefit. They do not have the right to education, to freedom of movement, to travel or marry, without their owner's consent."

Cliffhanger Election Ends in a Close Shave for Australia's Ruling Government

"I wish to thank the Hon The #PrimeMinister for providing the Nation with at least 3 years of high farce in the #Senate"

21 July 2016

As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship

"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."

11 July 2016

Ugandan President Appoints Wife, Opposition Leaders to Key Positions

"Just watch out for the total collapse of education in Uganda. This woman has no morals."

Dozens Killed After Indian Forces Crackdown on Protests in Kashmir

"The mighty Indian state might have killed him but they haven't won. A 21 year old in his death has shaken you."

6 July 2016

Puerto Ricans Won't Accept US-Imposed Austerity Without a Fight

With the federal fiscal control board imposed by the recent signing of PROMESA into law, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets and social media to protest.

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