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Stories about Human Rights

20 March 2018

From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees

"How do we go from a darkness where we have dehumanized refugees and militarized responses, to one where we reclaim a shared human identity?"

19 March 2018

Ghouta's Youth Become War Reporters to Shine a Light on Suffering Civilians

"I want to be a journalist to convey the innocents' suffering or study chemistry to make medicine to the people." - Noor, 12 years old, Eastern Ghouta

16 March 2018

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns


Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

Netizen Report: Internet Censorship Bill Looms Large Over Egypt


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

13 March 2018

From Graffiti to Politics, Anti-Semitic and Neo-Nazi Speech Is Becoming More Visible in Eastern Europe

Activists in the region have been sounding the alarm about increasingly emboldened hate speech against Jewish people and apology for perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Societal Attitudes Are the Primary Threat Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in Ecuador

“We are about to celebrate 20 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality, but we must decriminalize homosexuality in people’s minds and hearts..."

Can Germany's ‘Lex Facebook’ Be Saved? A Business and Human Rights Analysis


Germany's NetzDG forces companies to police hate speech or face astronomical fines for persistent violations of up to 50 million Euro. Is this a good way to solve the problem?

12 March 2018

Why Isn't Mexico's Government Surveillance Investigation Moving Forward?


"Most likely, the politicians who used this software are slowing down the investigation [In Mexico] it is still better to pray to the Virgin Mary for justice than it is...

11 March 2018

Aurat March (Woman March) Marks Resistance Against Misogyny in Pakistan

"There is a lot of anger that is finally releasing and this march was a way to direct that anger somewhere for something powerful and beautiful."

For Jordanian Women, a Year of Hard-Won Progress and Continuing Challenges

Despite a successful campaign to repeal a legal loophole allowing rapists to marry their victims, there is plenty left to do in the struggle to achieve gender equality in Jordan.

9 March 2018

Pastor's Reduced Sentence for ‘Sex With Minors’ Casts Cloud Over International Women's Day in Jamaica

"Disgraced Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke got a slap on the wrist...He egregiously breached the trust and confidence of the people who look to him as a man of the clergy..."

8 March 2018

Netizen Report: Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media Amid Sectarian Violence


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

As Women March in Argentina, the Country Debates Legalizing Abortion

"The debate isn't abortion versus no abortion; it's legal abortion versus underground abortion. Everything else is a matter of personal opinions and decisions, all respectable, none disputable."

Women March in Indonesia for Equality and Justice Amid Legislative Attacks on Rights and Freedoms

Marchers used the hashtag #LawanBersama (#FightTogether) to call for the protection of women's rights.

Evidence Says Iran Throttled Telegram Connections After January Protests


User reports and various data suggests even after the Iranian government removed censorship on the popular messaging and social media platform, they were still slowing down speeds.

Thousands Protest on the Streets of Kashmir After Indian Army Kills Four Civilians

"#Kashmir is a place of a billion or more coverups...India had never been interested in human rights or accountability. They are interested in controlling Kashmir by fear."

A Struggle for Dignity: Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Empowerment on paper has not led to empowerment in practice.

7 March 2018

Slovak Bloggers and European Leaders Demand Justice for Slain Journalist Ján Kuciak


"Supranational law enforcement tools must be established urgently to punish the killers. Strong words won't deliver justice."

Ecuador's Judicial System Leaves Crimes of Torture Against the LGBTQ Community Unpunished

The legal context that seeks justice for "de-homosexualization clinics" is insufficient in combating the impunity that protects those responsible for facilitating the existence of these centers of forced confinement.

Sri Lanka Declares a State of Emergency Following Anti-Muslim Violence

"For 30 years, Sri Lanka, you witnessed the streets running red with the blood of your children. Have you forgotten the loss? The fear? The pain? Have you learned nothing?"

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