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· July, 2013

Stories about Human Rights from July, 2013

31 July 2013

Transgender Teen's Murder Raises Spectre of Jamaican Homophobia

The mob murder of a transgender youth has got bloggers discussing the country's homophobic laws and Jamaicans' attitude towards gay people.

Germany: Security Above the Constitution

Asylum Seekers in Germany: Integration or Slavery?

#FreeSafy – Bahrain Arrests Blogger in Dawn Raid

Bahraini blogger Mohammed Hassan was arrested at dawn today. His telephone and computer were confiscated. Netizens call for his release.

Brazil's Vinegar Revolt Renews Police Demilitarization Debate

Some argue it is impossible for Brazil's military police, a leftover from from the country's dictatorship, to view the people as anything but the enemy.

30 July 2013

Immigrants: Much More Than an Abstract Number (Part II)

This is the second part of an interview with Mexican journalist Eileen Truax, who spoke about mainstream media and their coverage of immigration issues, among other topics.

Brazil: ‘Real Men Don't Beat Women’

If you deepen into the figures of domestic violence against women in Brazil, you will find that one in five women are victims.

Outspoken Chinese Singer Detained Over Online Bomb Threat

Some fear authorities will make an example of her with harsh punishment.

29 July 2013

Saudi Security Forces Burn Down House and Cars in Awwamiya Raid

Abbas Al-Mazraa and six of his brothers were arrested in Awwamiya today. The raid resulted in the burning of the family's house and cars.

Can Pirates Save the Russian Internet?

RuNet Echo

Judging from attendance at recent demonstrations, Russian supporters of internet freedom have their work cut out for them if they want to move their cause from online to offline.

Germany: Demonstrations Against Surveillance

#stopwatchingus was the motto of demonstrations that took place last Saturday in Germany. The participants were protesting against surveillance by the secret services and government inaction.

28 July 2013

Hazreen Shaik Daud: Malaysia’s First Transgender in Politics

Some netizens described Hazreen's appointment as a "surprisingly courageous, righteous and respectable initiative."

26 July 2013

Lesbian Couple Arrested After Marrying in Secret in Bangladesh

The women's marriage is being described as the country's first same-sex marriage. Bangladesh's laws criminalize homosexual relationships with life imprisonment.

Immigrants: Much More Than an Abstract Number

Robert Valencia interviewed Mexican journalist Eileen Truax, who recently released her book ‘Dreamers: The Fight of a Generation for its American Dream’.

Brazil's Indigenous Demand ‘No More Dams’

After the release of scientists kidnapped by the Mundurukus last June, the Brazilian government agreed to meet the indigenous and listen to their claims.

Water Shortage Crisis Looms Large In Bangalore, India

With rapid growth, polluted bodies of water, and few solutions in place, water is becoming scarce in India's third largest city.

A Jewish Russian Mayoral Candidate Even the Nazis Can Love

RuNet Echo

With his half Jewish heritage, Evgeny Roizman would be an unlikely political star in Russia, were he anyone but Evgeny Roizman.

25 July 2013

Taiwanese Professor Arrested in Protest Against Forced Demolitions

Taiwanese professor Hsu Shih-Jung was yelling "Today you demolished Taipu, tomorrow we demolished the government" when he was dragged away by police.

24 July 2013

Peruvian Town Remembers Those Who Died Defending Water Rights

July 3 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of five civilians during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against the Conga mining project. The people of Celendín demand justice.

Sudanese Refugee Detained for Owning a Bicycle in Israel

Darfuri asylum-seeker and actor, Babaker (Babi) Ibrahim was arrested by Israeli police for not having a receipt for his bicycle, which was thus presumed to be stolen. His detention without...

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