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Stories about Human Rights

28 June 2017

Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng Detained, Stripped of Citizenship, and Exiled to France

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wrote blogs and continued to express my views on issues like democracy, corruption, territorial sovereignty. This is something that anybody could do, and to be honest, everybody should do."

27 June 2017

Colombians Send Love Letters to Guerrilla Fighters to Welcome Them Back Into Society

"The reality of the country hurts, but it is comforting to realize that all human beings, including those who have [...] caused so much damage, have something to teach us."

Satirical Cartoonists Take Aim at Bulgaria's Media Distribution ‘Monopoly’

"When holding this newspaper is a reason for jealousy. There is expression, but no freedom. #Prass-Press"

26 June 2017

Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target

Global Voices Advocacy

The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.

24 June 2017

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

Remembering Native American Civil Rights Pioneer, Lehman Brightman

The Bridge

Brightman was a key figure in many important acts of Native American resistance, including the takeover of Alcatraz Island and the occupation of Mount Rushmore.

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

Angered by Online Censorship, Palestinians Say #NoToBlocking

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocked websites are known for their criticism of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

The ‘Invisible’ Children Who Died in the Care of the Chilean State

"Now we know that hundreds of children died, but no one reported their deaths. They remained there forgotten, because they are children that no one cares about."

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections

"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Global Voices Advocacy

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

The Bridge

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

18 June 2017

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

17 June 2017

Years After Marriage, Indian Women Dare to Say Their Husbands’ Names for the First Time

Community correspondent Rohini Pawar shares how women in Walhe village in Pune district, Maharashtra, are breaking away from patriarchal cultural practices.

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