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Stories about Human Rights

7 July 2020

Sudan uprising: Nertati sit-in, the new wave

On June 28, citizens in Nertati, Darfur, held an ongoing sit-in with several demands: An end to armed militia attacks on civilians, disarmament, the arrest of perpetrators and agricultural protection.

2 July 2020

Hongkongers braved the newly enacted national security law with a leaderless protest

One huge banner summed up the defiant mood of protesters. "We f***ing love Hong Kong," it read.

LGBTQ+ community and politicians salute Montenegro's new law on same-sex partnerships

Only five years ago, police banned the country's Pride March as "too risky" following threats of violence from homophobic groups.

Made in China: The draconian details of Hong Kong's national security law

Beijing's National Security Office "can do anything, wave an ID at local law enforcement, and walk away. Potential for abuse is infinite."

Milan Kundera's first Czech biography: Another public dressing-down in his homeland?

"An optimist can still hope there will be a time when the debate around Milan Kundera will overcome its long-lasting neurotic phase."

30 June 2020

Police killings spark protests in Trinidad's capital

Following the killing of three men by police on June 27, residents of communities in Trinidad on blocked roads, burned debris and processed through the streets chanting "Don't shoot!"

Beijing's national security law to enter force in Hong Kong

July 1 is a day of destiny for a city that China is determined to bring under its full control.

Mexican feminists and workers’ rights defenders faced wave of arrests in June

Various threats, arrests, and detentions happened in under 15 days.

29 June 2020

What is it like to be a mainland Chinese living in Hong Kong and supporting the protests?

Pro-protest mainlanders get doxxed by hostile internet users at home and sometimes face discrimination in their adopted city.

In Brazil, COVID-19 death rate for black community is higher than for other populations

COVID-19

A study by Agência Pública shows that deaths and hospitalizations among black people with COVID-19 rose at a faster rate than among white people in Brazil.

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

AdvoxRising VoicesCOVID-19

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

AdvoxCOVID-19

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Protest art in the streets of Tripoli: An interview with Lebanese artist Batool Jacob

Batool Jacob paints on topics related to the Lebanese protests through a feminist and libertarian lens.

27 June 2020

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries.

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

26 June 2020

From prison to exile: An interview with Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga

A former prisoner of conscience talks about her experience after she was arrested and the impact her incarceration had on her family.

25 June 2020

History repeats itself: Chinese state terror and the dismantling of Uyghur neo-Jadidism

The Bridge

One of the many casualties of the Chinese state's assault on Uyghurs is the climate of progressive and education and culture fostered and funded by Uyghur entrepreneurs.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

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