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Stories about Human Rights

14 June 2019

In Hong Kong, authorities arrest the administrator of a Telegram protest group—and force him to hand over a list of its members

Advox

A list of members of the group-- which numbers between 20,000 and 30,000 people--, as well as all the messages exchanged in the secure chat, have been exposed to the...

13 June 2019

Paraguay's road to democracy is slowed down by its political ghosts

"Although Paraguay transitioned to a democracy in the years after the dictatorship ended, subsequent elections saw circles close to Stroessner stay in power"

#KuToo: Japan petition against high heels in the workplace gains worldwide support

In Japan, employers are legally entitled to demand female employees wear uncomfortable high heels or pumps.

12 June 2019

Sudan’s democratic spring is turning into a long and ugly summer

The Bridge

"The worse outcome is the prospect of systemic military violence like Darfur, without intervention by the international community. The same folks are in charge, and we are already looking away."

11 June 2019

In Tanzania, advocates pressure police to investigate ‘teleza’ rapes and robberies

Women in Kigoma, Tanzania, say armed men have terrorized their communities for years, but little has been done to investigate, arrest or prosecute — until now.

A decree by President Bolsonaro could threaten civil society group investigating deaths under Brazil’s military dictatorship

An order ending Brazil's civil society committees has raised alarms in the Perus Working Group, which investigates human remains found at a 1970s cemetery in the suburbs of São Paulo.

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

RuNet Echo

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

10 June 2019

Argentina resumes the fight for legal abortion with new draft bill

In 2018, Argentina's Senate rejected a bill that would legalize abortion in the South American country. Will it be different this time?

9 June 2019

Could the PetroCaribe scandal be the end of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse?

The corruption scandal surrounding PetroCaribe, a regional energy programme that supplied petroleum products to Haiti at preferential rates, was at the heart of the violent protests earlier this year.

7 June 2019

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

Reactions to the presidential pardon of Sri Lankan rightwing religious leader

"Given Gnanasara’s past record of hateful speech, the Presidential pardon amounted to disrespect to all those who had suffered religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka."

5 June 2019

Publisher of Macedonian edition of Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ releases book by former PM Nikola Gruevski

Gruveski led North Macedonia's right-wing government from 2006 to 2017, a period of sharp democratic decline.

Record crowd commemorates Tiananmen Massacre at Hong Kong candlelight vigil

"Even though it is a crime to remember / The truth will find its courage to be told /The history that has happened will be revealed..."

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

1 June 2019

As Afghanistan's war rolls on, its mental health toll grows greater

“The doctors wanted to discharge me. I begged them to keep me in longer.”

29 May 2019

‘End of an era’ as Jamaica's former prime minister, Edward Seaga, dies

As complicated and divisive as he was beloved, there is no doubt that the late Edward Seaga left an indelible mark on Jamaican politics.

28 May 2019

‘I don't want to be hacked to death!': Kenyans speak out against a spike in murders of women

On May 27, 20 female members of parliament in Kenya launched a campaign against femicide called "Her Life Matters," to raise national consciousness on killings that occur within relationships.

27 May 2019

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Advox

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

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