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Stories about Human Rights

14 December 2017

Petition to Free the Eritrean Man Unjustly Arrested in Italy for Mistaken Identity

The Italian authorities appear to have gotten the wrong man; will they acknowledge it? The hunt for the mastermind of Mediterranean human trafficking takes a strange turn.

‘We Are One': Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

"Australia legalizing same-sex marriage today should remind us that humanity can only survive when it learns to love one and other."

13 December 2017

A ‘Detainee of All Eras': The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

Global Voices Advocacy

"His trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations."

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

9 December 2017

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

8 December 2017

Harsh Prison Terms for Video Journalist and Blogger as Vietnam Cracks Down on Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

“Repressing citizen journalists is not only a violation of human rights but also a major impediment to Vietnam’s aspirations to become a tech and innovation hub.”

7 December 2017

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

Rajab is in prison for his human rights-related activities and for freely expressing his opinions.

Ashraf Ghani Gets Thumbs Down After ‘Anti-Women’ Headscarf Gaffe

After an outcry, Afghanistan's president apologised for the remark.

5 December 2017

Animal Carcasses, Tires, and Medical Waste: A New Report Highlights Health Risks of Lebanon's Trash Crisis

"When they burn we can’t breathe […] We’ve had to go to the hospital because of this."

2 December 2017

This Brazilian Doctor Says Science Has Evolved, but Stigma Against HIV Remains

"The voices of people living with HIV are neglected by the media, which often portrays them as victims, or examples not to be followed, under the auspices of promoting prevention"

30 November 2017

Scrutiny and Doubt Over Rape Victim's Testimony Sparks Outrage in Spain

"Not content with raping us, men also have to tell us how to behave before, during and after the rape."

29 November 2017

After Authorities Evict Beijing's ‘Low-End’ Residents, Chinese Ask: Where Is the Humanity?

Just as rural migrant workers were forced out of their dwellings into the streets, Beijing’s temperature fell to below 0 degrees Celsius at night.

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

28 November 2017

After 10 Years of Legal Battles, Mozambique's Only LGBT Organization Takes a Step Closer to Legal Recognition

" That ruling is an ode to equality, peace, and social harmony. Today I am very proud to be Mozambican."

26 November 2017

What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy

"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?

24 November 2017

#SOSManus: Police Evict Asylum Seekers at Australia's Former Detention Camp in Manus Island

"You Destroyed Our Life, We lost everything Familys, Friends, even own Self Respect, We will Never Forget Your Treatment, We Realized we Are Not human Beings, World Forget About us"

23 November 2017

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Social Media Rumors Escalate Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."

22 November 2017

Morocco's Deadly Stampede Tragedy Incites Anger and Criticism

"How many dramas still remind us that beyond the beautiful forums, highways, and malls, this is the Moroccan reality above all that?"

17 November 2017

Another Muslim Man Is Murdered in India's Rajasthan by Cow Vigilantes

"The term Gau Rakshak has slipped into the country’s lexicon of politics and culture over the past two years, in step with increasing activism by self-styled protectors and vigilante groups."

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