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Stories about Human Rights

21 October 2016

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

The Bridge

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

18 October 2016

Myanmar’s Laws and Societal Attitudes Make Girls Vulnerable to Abuse

An 'International Day of the Girl' celebration in an internally displaced person camp in Kachin State, Myanmar highlights the lack of government protection of victims of gender-based violence in Myanmar.

17 October 2016

An Animated Video Explains the Powers of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Not sure what the court does? This video might help.

14 October 2016

More Naughty Than Nice: The Dutch Government’s Approach to the Black Pete Tradition

The Bridge

Evidence shows that the tradition of Black Pete is having a negative impact in the Netherlands, especially on young people, but the Dutch government has failed to tackle the problem.

The U.S.'s Deportation of Haitians Shows That Asylum Applicants Are Far From Equal Under the Law

The Bridge

"Events like the 2010 earthquake should be basis for humanitarian asylum. Does sending people back to a country without a working infrastructure and facing famine and disease constitute justice?"

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

13 October 2016

A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community

"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

RuNet Echo

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?

"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."

New Abortion Ban Proposals in Poland Mean the ‘Black Protest’ Movement Isn't Over Yet

"I am counting on another Black Protest against the barbaric statement of Kaczyński who wants to create a hell. A protest that will defeat him."

Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away

Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan

"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

10 October 2016

Activists, Students, and Survivors Commemorate Thailand’s Forgotten Massacre

"We can never forget – 40 years on, and still no one has been found responsible. They were violent, and unbelieavably cruel."

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