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Stories about Human Rights

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

Finally, a Wall to Unite People, Not Divide Them

Throughout history, walls have been a symbol of separation, segregation, and division. But a new phenomenon called the “wall of kindness” is doing just the opposite.

12 February 2016

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

Global Voices Advocacy

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Global Voices Advocacy

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

The Complicated Mess That Is Pakistan International Airlines’ Privatisation

"2 killed, 18 injured in firing on PIA employees. Whatever one may think about the PIA protest, this is absurdly fascistic handling by govt."

10 February 2016

Macedonia's Former Prime Minister Threatens Revenge in Troubling Speech

"There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power"

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

9 February 2016

Iranian Couples Are Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

A look at why young Iranian couples are choosing to live together unmarried despite going against the law.

8 February 2016

Unbelievable: Saudi Arabia's Vice Police Arrests a “Female” Mascot

Saudi Arabia's religious police arrested a "female" mascot.

7 February 2016

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

How an Indian Singer's Impromptu Inflight Performance Led to Crew Members’ Suspension

"We really need to grow up! Flights tend to be boring - so what if Sonu Nigam sang a song? How is that a 'security threat'?"

6 February 2016

Anxiety Over Government-Sanctioned Violence Engulfs Uganda as Elections Approach

"Don’t send your children to bring chaos in Kampala and cause confusion during elections, disrupt peace in the country, government will handle you…. you will be shot."

Calls for Civil Disobedience in Australia Over Children's Offshore Detention

UN:"#LetThemStay: #Nauru is not a safe or appropriate environment to send vulnerable people, esp children."

5 February 2016

Did Argentina’s New President Just Arrest His First Political Prisoner?

Officially, Sala was arrested on two charges: “inciting criminal behavior” and spreading “disorder” by lobbying cooperatives to oppose the governor's reforms by resisting the state's new requirements.

‘Lion's Blood’ Stickers Pop Up All Over Sri Lanka, Stoking Fears of Renewed Ethnic Hatred

"Today, politically motivated groups alleged to be close to the former regime have unleashed a new wave of hate and racism under the “Sinha Le” label."

4 February 2016

Pakistani Women Are Reclaiming Public Spaces, One Teacup at a Time

Pakistani women wage a campaign to carve out their own safe space in a realm where they've not typically been welcome.

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

3 February 2016

A Tanzanian Woman's Brutal Mob Assault Highlights Racism in India

"Sudanese guy causes accident. Tanzanian girl caught. Stripped, beaten. Because, if you're a misogynist & racist, who has time for geography?"

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