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· October, 2008

Stories about Human Rights from October, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago: Building Walls

As the government of Trinidad and Tobago begins construction on a wall they say is part of a beautification project, but which many view as a tactic for hiding the...

D.R. of Congo: Blogging From the War Zone

The following are eye-witness accounts from bloggers based in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the situation in the area following fresh clashes between rebels, government...

D.R. Congo: Confusion Reigns in Goma

Two months ago fighting resumed in the DR Congo's Eastern province of North Kivu between the rebel group led by Laurent Nkunda and government forces, in violation of a peace...

Haiti, U.S.A.: Death Squad Leader Convicted

Both HaitiAnalysis.com and The Haitian Blogger report that a New York court has sentenced former Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant to 12 to 37 years in prison for...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Voting on the Embargo

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday approved a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo. For the seventeenth year running, the vote went in favor of the Cuba-sponsored resolution and bloggers -...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Price of Progress

Maximilian Forte, writing at Review of the Indigenous Caribbean Center, posts a video of Trinidadian calypsonian King Austin's song Progress, which he calls “a critique of the ideology and practice...

Jamaica: Missing Children

YardFlex refers to “some shocking figures that indicate 65 per cent of the 1,112 people reported missing in Jamaica since January 1st 2008 are children.”

China: Uyghurs Speak Out on Hotel Restrictions

The New Dominion follows up the hotel restrictions against Uyghurs in Beijing by collecting more Uyghur thoughts over the issue.

Malaysia: Press freedom ranking

Screenshots writes about the low ranking of Malaysia in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index.

Thailand will ban websites that attack monarchy

Thailand plans to ban websites that attack or defame its monarchy.

Russia: “Help Svetlana Bakhmina” Petition

As of now, 71,250 people have signed an online petition appealing to the Russian president to pardon Svetlana Bakhmina, a former senior lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil company Yukos, who...

China: No Uyghurs in our Hotel

The new dominion blogs about the systematic discrimination against Uyghurs in China, such as denied access to inns or hotels.

Brazil: Grandma Aggie, Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and the Pope

Lou Gold, a North-American blogger and nature-person turned “brasileiro’, blogs about [En] Grandma Aggie and the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, re-telling some of the adventures of these courageous...

Russia, France: Update on Karinna Moskalenko

Robert Amsterdam posts an update on the situation of lawyer Karinna Moskalenko.

Russia: Kozlovsky Wins Human Rights Award 2008

Oleg Kozlovsky writes about receiving the Human Rights Award 2008.

Russia: Migrant Workers and the Crisis

Moscow Through Brown Eyes writes about migrant workers in Russia and the economic crisis.

Japan: Arrested in Shibuya just for walking?

id:inumash comments on news [ja] that three people heading a demo in Shibuya (Tokyo) on Oct. 26th with the intention of going to “see the home of PM Taro Aso”...

Morocco: Barça Fan Jailed for Superlative Statement

Many bloggers were shocked last week to learn that a young Moroccan man had been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for what seemed like such a minor "crime." The young...

Guyana: Social Services

“Increasing access to social services is among the priorities identified by indigenous women leaders in the region as key to empowerment”: The Voice of the Taino People Online reports on...

South Korea: Homophobia

Ask a Korean! discusses the homophobic culture and reaction in South Korea.

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