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9 December 2016

Two Young Activists Get 10 Years in Jail Each After Graffiti on Azerbaijan Patriarch's Statue

Global Voices Advocacy

"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."

8 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

6 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

5 December 2016

Filipino Activists Hold Solidarity Fast in Support of Political Prisoners

"They are persons caring for the marginalized sectors of the society but they were jailed for trumped up charges."

Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

A Bangladeshi Railway Employee Saves a Man, Finally Gets Recognition

"The world seems better and nicer because of acts of a few brave and earnest people. My respect to Gateman Billal for his act of humanity."

Russia Ratchets Up Pressure on Google

RuNet Echo

Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, has issued instructions that will force Google to change its registration by the end of March.

Gambia Shocks the World With Peaceful Presidential Polls, Opposition Wins

The presidential election results and consequent concession of Yahya Jammeh came as a pleasant surprise to many Gambians -- and the rest of the world.

2 December 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

Attack on NGO Fighting for Rights of Textile Workers in Macedonia Highlights Dangers to Civil Society

An attack on the premises of an NGO that champions textile workers' rights, has undermined attempts to improve the terrible working conditions in Macedonia's garment industry .

Russia, China, and the Push for ‘Digital Sovereignty’

RuNet Echo

Russia and China's cyber cooperation is a marriage of convenience that reflects a shared priority: regime stability.

1 December 2016

Netizen Report: China's New Cybersecurity Law Hardcodes Surveillance Practices Into Law (And Technology)

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.

Polls Open Amid Communications Blackout in The Gambia

The Gambia has shut off all external communications as citizens cast their votes in the country's presidential elections, by blocking both the internet and international phone calls.

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

Global Voices Advocacy

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

30 November 2016

The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money

"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"

“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.

"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."

Law Professor Says Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Failures Are an Abuse of Human Rights

Trinidad and Tobago's longstanding commitments to universal education are juxtaposed with the harsh reality of society's marginalised.

Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

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