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· January, 2012

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2012

Cuba: Human Rights Double Standard

Lilianne Ruíz, blogging at Translating Cuba, compares a television spot “that shows a series of watercolors of butterflies from one of the five officials of the Interior Ministry imprisoned in...

Russia, Syria: Anti- and Pro-Assad Facebook Comment Attack

Facebook pages of some Russian media outlets (e.g., Afisha, Bolshoi Gorod, Esquire Russia, Channel 1, MTV Russia) were deluged with copy-pasted comments [ru, ar] from users who appeared to be...

Macedonia: “Conformism, Hypocrisy and Opportunism”

Human rights activist, journalist and artist Xhabir M. Deralla candidly expressed his view on the role of the civic sector in contemporary Macedonia: “The choir of indolent subjects stands mute....

Bangladesh: Protest Against Criminalization For Archiving A Banned Book

Hana at Unheard Voice highlights a petition by twenty human rights activists, academics and members of the Bangladeshi civil society in which they protest the arrest of a Head Teacher...

Pakistan: Moral Policing of Dating Couples Gets TV Show Axed

In a recent live Pakistani television show, a group of middle aged women were seen scouring the parks of Karachi to hold accountable the couples dating without their guardians' knowledge....

Cuba: Pope's Visit & Human Rights

In the wake of more repression against Las Damas de Blanco, Uncommon Sense thinks “that the pope should postpone his visit until human rights conditions improve in Cuba.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Abuse of Trust

The TnT River says of an incident in which a teacher allegedly stuck a student's head in a toilet bowl: “This is another case of child abuse which comes in...

Iran: Asylum seeker committed suicide

Several bloggers reported [fa] that Mohammad Rahsepar committed suicide in a refugee camp in Germany. The blogger says that “rich Iranians, politicians in exile,…should help these asylum seekers who live...

Cuba: No Political Reforms

Cuban bloggers discuss the national Communist Party conference, which took place this past weekend.

Malaysia: Temiar Blockade and Indigenous Rights

Eight indigenous peoples were arrested in Malaysia for attempting to set up a blockade and prevent loggers from entering their village. The villagers are against the agricultural project of the...

India, Bangladesh: Cattle Trade And Border Killings

The New Horizon thinks that cattle trade is the major root cause behind the regular border killings at India-Bangladesh border.

UK: #TwitterKurds Organize First Social Media Gathering in London

A group of Kurdish Internet activists that have been organizing around the #TwitterKurds hashtag on Twitter have come together for the first Kurdish Social Media Gathering earlier this month in...

Saudi Arabia: A Family Living in a Cemetery

A Saudi family has been saved from homelessness and destitution thanks to a three-minute movie shot by young Saudi film maker Bader AlHomoud. Haifa Al Rasheed tells us how in...

Ethiopia: Standing With Ethiopia's Tenacious Blogger

Standing with Ethiopia's jailed blogger: “It would be hard to find a better symbol of media repression in Africa than Eskinder Nega. The veteran Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger has...

Pakistan: Hate Campaign Against Ahmadis In Rawalpindi

Naeem Shamim reports that “Banners and posters containing hate content and threats against Ahmadi Muslims are being displayed at many significant places” in Rawalpindi city near the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Slovakia: Roma “Apartheid” – and New Housing?

According to this report [en], a US-based Hindu group was shocked by the “maltreatment” of the Roma in Slovakia, calling “to end Roma apartheid.” At the same time, the Slovak...

Cuba: The Cardinal Rule

In the context of the country's upcoming papal visit, Angel Santiesteban writes: “What we Cubans have to achieve won’t come from anyone’s visit, nor from the ‘peace concert’, although it...

Trinidad & Tobago: Child Abuse

Guanaguanare hopes that the story of Josiah Governor, the child who was beaten to death, will “motivate us to be more humane in the way we treat our children”, while...

Brazil: A View from Aboard on Pinheirinho Eviction

Jimmy Greer, an activist and sustainability consultant for I-See Global based in London, writes about “the brutal eviction” of Pinheirinho, in Brazil as “another example of a skewed approach to...

Brazil: Indigenous Leader Criticizes “Developmentism” Policies

Brazilian blogger Julio Carignano, from the blog Sítio Coletivo, interviewed [pt] a former indigenous Guarani chief, Teodoro Tupã, who criticizes the policies of progress and “developmentism” towards indigenous peoples –...

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