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Stories about Human Rights

16 January 2019

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

Advox

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face brutal snow storms and inhumane conditions at camps

"People are sick. Everywhere there is water. We cannot sleep at night. All night we sit and watch the kids and we cannot do anything for them."

11 January 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

Advox

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

8 January 2019

Azerbaijanis pressure government to #FreeMehman after blogger endures 12 days on hunger strike

Advox

Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.

7 January 2019

Singled out for search at a Serbian supermarket, Roma opera superstar accuses the store of racism

Ms. Knežević was stopped and searched in public while onlookers heckled her. In her backpack, security only found sheet music, books, and a wallet.

‘Even by leaving us she gave us a lesson': Fearless rights defender's death shocks Tajikistan

"She was not silent when others buried their heads in the sand. She risked her life every day and knew the value of this risk."

3 January 2019

A plane carrying seven indigenous people disappeared in the Amazon rainforest, but few in Brazil are talking about it

The search for survivors was suspended by the Air Force after 15 days. Despite being noted by some media outlets, the case is almost undiscussed in the country.

31 December 2018

Latin America's year of political struggle and unexpected displays of solidarity

Elections, migration, community support and social struggle. Another turn of the screw for Latin America and its people.

30 December 2018

Indonesian military suspected of using chemical weapons against West Papuan separatists, reports Australian newspaper

"Villagers are traumatised and very scared. They have fled into the jungle. Christmas should be a time of peace but not a time of fear."

29 December 2018

To cast their votes on December 30, Bangladeshis will need to overcome many obstacles

Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.

How free breakfast brought 500 girls back to school in Yemen

Before the project began, one-fifth of the school's students had been absent. Now they're all back in the classroom.

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

Bangladesh braces for fiercely contested parliamentary election amidst opposition crackdown

On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.

26 December 2018

Macedonian sex workers protest to demand decriminalization as antidote to violence

Macedonian sex workers took to the streets to demand fair and humane labor practices on the International Day to Stop Violence Against Sex Workers.

24 December 2018

Indigenous video journalist and activist murdered in India

Community correspondent Amit reported fearlessly on issues affecting indigenous communities across Jharkhand, India. Two weeks since he was shot dead, his murderers are still at-large.

23 December 2018

Madagascar's land defenders call for a comprehensive framework to protect Malagasy rights

"It is crucial that these communities know that they are not alone in their fight and that other citizens support their cause."

The untold tragedy of 28 Mauritanian soldiers executed on Independence Day

"Great nations ... never try to erase a dark episode out of their history, but instead, show it to the world for everyone to remember and say 'NEVER AGAIN'."

22 December 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Advox

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

19 December 2018

Over 500 women accuse superstar psychic in Brazil of sexual abuse

João de Deus attracted hundreds of people to his spiritual center every day and once counseled North American TV host Oprah Winfrey.

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