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· April, 2008

Stories about Human Rights from April, 2008

Soviet History: Samizdat Anniversary

Window on Eurasia writes about the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet samizdat publication, the Chronicle of Current Events.

Estonia, Russia: Bronze Soldier Crisis Anniversary

Vilhelm Konnander posts an extensive analysis of the issues surrounding the first anniversary of the Estonian Bronze Soldier crisis.

Serbia, EU: SAA Signed

Balkan Anarchist, Byzantine Blog, and Srebrenica Genocide Blog blog about the signing of the EU's Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia today.

Bahrain: A Tale of Two Villages

Journalist Jeffrey Black visits Bahrain and notes his observations in this post.

Cuba: Las Damas de Blanco

It has been the most discussed topic in the Cuban blogosphere over the last week: the arrest of Las Damas de Blanco as they staged a peaceful demonstration for the...

Thailand: Boycott Tesco Lotus campaign

British company Tesco Lotus has sued three Thai journalists in just one month for writing about the “aggressive” operations of the global retailer in Thailand. As a protest, Fable supports...

Indonesia: Praying and shopping

Indonesia Matters reports that people in West Java are flocking to shopping malls in order to pray.

Ethiopia: Teddy Afro denied bail

Nazret links to an article about the Ethiopian musician Teddy Afro: “The Federal High Court of Ethiopia has this morning denied bail for the release of Tewodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro)....

Cuba: Passing Sentence

Child of the Revolution, Uncommon Sense and Ninety miles away…in another country all comment on Raul Castro's decision “to commute most death sentences to 30 years to life in prison.”

Bahamas: Abuse of Power

In the Bahamas, Womanish Words blogs about an environmental fundraiser gone awry: “The Royal Bahamian Police Force needs to know that we the new and awakened public doesn’t sit by...

Hong Kong and China: 5 Posters On Beijing Olympics

5 protest posters have been circulated via e-mails and twitter among friends. 1. Olympic workers; 2. Olympic silencing; 3. Olympics and June 4; 4. Olympic GFW; 5. Olympic erection.

Bahrain: MPs call to deport homosexuals

Out of the closet and out of the country? Ayesha Saldanha brings us blogger reactions on how Bahraini MPs are pushing for a new law to clampdown on homosexuality among...

Ukraine: Chernobyl

Belatedly, a link to Ukrainiana‘s extensive post on the 22nd anniversary of Chernobyl.

Poland: Tolerance March

The beatroot writes about this year's Tolerance March in Krakow.

Hungary: “Goy Bikers”

Hungarian Spectrum writes about “Goy Bikers” and the “resurgence of neo-nazi activism.”

Zimbabwe: Truth and Justice Coalition

There is Truth and Justice Coalition in Zimbabwe: “The Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM) has initiated, with full support from civil society, labour and legal organizations, the...

Uganda: Mwenda, 3 others arrested in newspaper raid

(UPDATE: Andrew Mwenda has been freed on bond, see his letter to supporters on the TED blog.) Bloggers and independent media outlets in Uganda are reporting that three journalists and...

Southeast Asia: Rice and food price crisis

The Southeast Asian region, home to several emerging and developing economies, is also struggling to cope with the global food price crisis. Bloggers discuss the impact of the crisis in...

Hong Kong: Shame

Danish artist Jens Galschiot has been denied for entering Hong Kong as he is planning to attend a peaceful demonstration during the Olympic Torch relay. Galschiot has made a sculpture...

Japan: Nagano red for Olympic torch relay

The Japanese leg of the Olympic torch relay came to an end on Saturday without serious incident, but many Japanese bloggers who attended the event were left with lasting --...

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