Stories about Human Rights from March, 2006
Belarus: First Detainees Released
Ivan Lenin of Rush-Mush reports on the first prisoners being released from Belarusian jails.
Belarus: Lukashenko's Disappearance and Other News
Andrei Khrapavitski, br23 blog and TOL's Belarus Blog write about reports of the first March 25 casualty, Milinkevich's visit to Poland, Polish ex-ambassador's hospitalization – and Aleksandr Lukashenko's disappearance.
Trinidad & Tobago: Shouter Baptist Liberation Day
JT at the Caribbean Beat Weblog explains the origins of Shouter Baptist Liberation Day, which was observed yesterday in Trinidad and Tobago with a public holiday.
Belarus: Prison Journal
Ivan Lenin at Rush-Mush links to an English translation of a Belarusian protestor's jail journal. (Written by LJ user forion in Belarusian, translated by LJ user kapitan-tanaka.)
China: Yahoo! in China
Today is Pick On Yahoo! Day at Asiapundit with “one of the most-biting attacks on the company and co-founder Jerry Yang that I have yet read,” up first.
DR: No to “sexual liberty”
Andrés Duque reports that language referring to “sexual liberty” will be removed from a current draft amendment to the Dominican Republic's Civil Code. One of the fears among critics of the phrase is that it could pave the way for same-sex marriage legislation. Duque quotes the the interim attorney general...
Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere
Mohsen Al-Awaji was freed after 11 days of detention, and Aya thinks this action by the government is a tangible lesson for Saudis: “Don’t you dare to criticize the government because we are capable, at any time, of stripping you from your freedom and dignity.” Riyadhwai seemed happy about the...
Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome
This week bloggers in Iraq are saying the same thing in different ways – the security situation is becoming unbearable. Also, in my bag today, a winning blogger gets another award; Chikitita negotiates Iraqi bureaucracy – Lara Croft-style; Meemo has a party; Caeser has a chance meeting with a girl...
Belarus: Anti-TV Flash Mob
LJ user litota_ posts photos from a flash mob that took place at Oktyabrskaya Sq. in Minsk yesterday: to protest the lies of Belarusian state TV, a group of young people put scarves over their eyes and pretended to watch the news broadcast on a huge screen above.
Belarus: Ex-Ambassador Maszkiewicz Hospitalized
19. People's Blog on Presidential Election reports (RUS) that Mariusz Maszkiewicz, former Polish ambassador to Belarus, has been moved from prison to a hospital, possibly for emergency treatment of a heart attack. Maszkiewicz was jailed for his participation in the March 25 protest rally in Minsk and subjected to harsh...
El Salvador: Hunger Strike in Chalatenango
Writing from Chalatenango, El Salvador, Jesse Stewart says that 26 people representing 100 communities have occupied a Cathedral there to protest, among other issues, the disappearance of Erlinda and Ernestina Cruz during “Operation Cleansing” of June 1982.
Trinidad & Tobago: 6 year-0ld's brutal murder
Francomenz and Caribbean Free Radio express outrage at the news of the brutal buggering and murder of a six year-old boy. Francomenz reminds us of the other unsolved cases involving the murder and buggery of children, and Caribbean Free Radio, looking at the television news, brings up the issue of...
Czech Republic: Havel Denied Entry Into Belarus Embassy
br23 blog reports on how Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, was denied entry by the Belarus Embassy in Prague when he wanted to deliver a letter of protest. The incident reminded him of 1979, when Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter were protesting his own imprisonment, but were...
Moroccan Arabic blogs opt for the sarcasme and CAIR dare to defend a Christian convert
Moroccan bloggers who choose to blog in another language(Arabic) than Arabic are facing a new wave of criticism(Arabic). “Why don't you blog in Arabic?” (French) Is a question they had to answer last week, and as I told you in my latest roundup, they were many to justify(French) their choice...
Charles Taylor: As the story unfolds
In August 2003, ex-Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, was flown from Monrovia to Abuja on board a Nigerian Boeing 727 presidential jet. Taylor had just been granted asylum in Nigeria as part of a deal overseen by the African Union, the United Nations (UN) and the United States, which was aimed...
March 24 in the Argentinean Blogosphere
Last friday, march 24, marked 30 years since the beginning of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. There were plenty of reasons to remember this date, which stated the beginning of a political period marked by violations of human rights, the murdering of political opposition to the dictatorship, the use...
Kurdistance: Echoes of Violence, Identity and the New Year
What makes a people, a people? What defines a group: a common voice, a common history, culture, a blogging engine? Just as the Iranians, the Kurds celebrate New Year or Newroz every March. Among the celebrations and the well wishes given, there is an underlying sadness and strength that defines...
Cuba: US foreign policy and internet access
US blogger Boz disagrees with US policy as regards Cuba, but isn't in favour either of the internet access restrictions Cuba places on its citizens.
Belarus: Diary of a Protester
Rush-Mush links to a LiveJournal translation of the diary of Dasha Kostenko, a Minsk protester who has recently been sentenced to ten days in jail.
Belarus: Letter From Female Prisoners
LJ user kapitan_tanaka translates a letter written by Valyantsina Palyavikova and Larysa Bukholenka, two female prisoners who were jailed for their participation in the post-election protest in Minsk.
Belarus: Election Fraud Video
German-language Media-Ocean switches into English to write about a short video from a polling station in Belarus, which conveys repressive atmosphere during the count and shows how one observer, despite being barred from the table with stacks of bulletins on it, catches a violation that could've benefited Aleksandr Lukashenko, the...