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Stories about Human Rights

26 May 2016

Now's Not a Good Time to Wear a Hammer and Sickle T-Shirt in Indonesia

"Fear of communism, fear of liberalism, fear of LGBT, fear of Chinese and foreign powers: personalities of those with inferiority complexes. Fearing their own stupidity."

24 May 2016

A New Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media

Rising Voices

"By creating our own media, we, the indigenous peoples, are protagonists of our own history..."

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

‘Soldiers’ Mothers’ Launch Mobile App to Protect Draftees’ Rights

RuNet Echo

Soldiers' Mothers of Saint Petersburg, a non-profit providing legal aid and advice to army draftees in Russia, has launched a mobile app to help draftees protect their rights.

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

20 May 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

18 May 2016

Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality

"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

17 May 2016

Pakistanis Demand Arrests as Threat of Violence Looms Over Christians of Chak 144

"We do not simply want the Police to 'defuse' the incident, we want them to arrest those who are whipping up hatred and plotting sectarian violence."

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

Prepare for Pushback If You Call Jamaica Violent (Even Though It Can Be)

"These pockets of violence [...] are not as insignificant as we think. We have not begun to uncover the various forms of violence [...] in our society. Violence is pervasive."

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Global Voices Advocacy

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

15 May 2016

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

14 May 2016

For Long-Suffering Refugees, a Three-Star Respite in Athens

It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

13 May 2016

Bulgarian ‘Green’ Activist Faces Lawsuit Over Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

Bulgarian eco-activist Borislav Sandov was sentenced for "insulting" the director of a mining company through a Facebook status. Court of appeals will hear his case at the end of May.

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