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Stories about Human Rights

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

The Bridge

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

‘When You Write a Song About Racism, It's a Big Deal’

Songs of resistance are at the core of Songhoy Blues' latest album "Résistance." The band hails from Mali and tackles issues like racism and voter apathy.

14 October 2017

One Mother's Tireless Pursuit of Justice for Kashmir's Disappeared

"We don’t want their money. We want our children back."

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

In Algeria, Two Imprisoned Bloggers Go on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Freedom of expression and press freedom are under attack in Algeria.

11 October 2017

After Disqualification, Ex-Miss World Bangladesh Reveals She Is a Child Marriage Survivor

"You have been blind to the facts that she was a victim of a child marriage and became a successful model and a biker without any support from the family"

7 October 2017

Achieving Barrier-Free Access Proves a Hurdle in Japan's 2020 Paralympics Preparations

The Bridge

With only three years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Japanese government will have to work quickly to make the games truly barrier-free.

Farmers in India's Rajasthan Sit Neck-Deep in Mud to Protest Forceful Land Acquisition

"These #farmers are not begging for favors or asking for alms, they are demanding what is their genuine right."

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

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.

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Global Voices Advocacy

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

4 October 2017

Tens of Thousands in the Philippines Rally Against President Duterte's Deadly ‘Triple Wars’

Despite efforts of the Philippine government to sabotage the event, organizers estimated around 30,000 people braved the rains to join the rally against human rights abuses.

3 October 2017

‘Deer Woman: An Anthology’ Sheds Light on Violence Against Native Women in North America

Rising Voices

"...it is giving voices to these indigenous women and not placing any judgement on the story they want to tell through this figure of Deer Woman."

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

Global Voices Advocacy

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

2 October 2017

Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

"[Our legal team] will exhaust all available means and legal resources at its disposal to pursue justice for the thousands of victims of the Syrian conflict."

1 October 2017

Ik ‘ta K'op Collective Supports the Technological Sovereignty of the Indigenous People in Mexico's Chiapas State

Rising Voices

The project "aims to support the indigenous peoples in remote parts of the Mexican state of Chiapas to have access to [...] technologies to meet their communication and participation needs."

30 September 2017

Africans in Solidarity Online With Rohingya People Over Their Persecution in Myanmar (Burma)

"Silence is consent. Our silence is troubling. We need to speak out about this, we need to get angry, we need to help them."

29 September 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

Saudi Women Activists Win Driving Victory in Shadow of Guardianship System and Wave of Arrests

Saudi women may soon be able to drive. However, they continue to face discriminatory barriers under the kingdom's male guardianship system.

Sri Lanka Condemns Mob Attack Against Rohingya Refugees by Buddhist Monks

"I condemn these actions as a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence & compassion."

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