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· September, 2013

Stories about Human Rights from September, 2013

30 September 2013

Gazans Call to End Rafah Border Suffering

"Human dignity has become a joke. International law is nothing but empty, powerless words printed in books," writes Gazan student Shahd Abu Salama, who is stranded at the Rafah Crossing.

VIDEO: Filmpoem “Prayer of Fear” Stuns Egypt

29 September 2013

Saudi Clergyman Delivers Ground-breaking Science on Why Women Shouldn't Drive

Women in Saudi Arabia should not drive because driving will have adverse effects on their pelvis and ovaries, says a religious scholar. No Kidding.

28 September 2013

Chinese Rethink Capital Punishment after Execution of Xia Junfeng

Russian News Websites Black Out to Protest Journalist's Arrest

RuNet Echo

A photographer was among the 30 activists arrested by Russian border guards on board Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise. His detention has riled up Russian journalists and other media figures.

27 September 2013

GV Face: Retweeting Terrorists? The Westgate Mall Attacks

GV Face

In this week's edition of our Google Hangout series GV Face, we discuss the role of social media in the aftermath of the devastating attack in Kenya.

Russia’s Hunger Games

RuNet Echo

There are two hunger strikes in Russia today, one by a famous Pussy Riot member and another by a mothers' group. What do the different receptions online say about Russia?

26 September 2013

Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Kills Hundreds in Southeastern Pakistan

More than 327 people have been killed following a powerful earthquake that struck Balochistan Province on Tuesday.

Europe Warns French Minister over Statement Regarding Roma Community

Vietnamese Blogger Speaks Out Against Government Repression

25 September 2013

China: Finding Light in the Darkness on Xia Junfeng's Execution Day

The latest artwork from a cartoon blogger "A sad morning dream" tries to make sense of the execution of Xia Junfeng, a street vendor convicted of murder.

India: Rape? Its Womens’ Fault

Ugandan Minister: Indecently Dressed Women Are Asking to Be Raped

Uganda's Youth Affairs Minister Ronald Kibuule has been summoned to appear before Parliament to explain himself.

Blogging for Freedom on Saudi Arabia's National Day

Saudi Arabia marks its National Day on September 23. Bloggers share their hopes for a nation which respects and embraces its people and their aspirations.

24 September 2013

Latin America: “Where do the Disappeared go?”

The internet is a source of innumerable initiatives and stories that remember the disappeared and fight against impunity.

Disagreements over 2010 Ethnic Violence still Troubling Kyrgyzstan

Attacks on a film festival screening a documentary about a prominent ethnic Uzbek human rights activist are a sore reminder that ethnic relations in Kyrgyzstan are still highly charged.

Humanity Defeated Again in Pakistan, Over 80 Christians Killed

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up in a 130-year-old church in Peshawar after a Sunday Mass killing more than 80 people and injuring many.

23 September 2013

GV Face: Worldwide Media Coverage of Syria

GV Face

How different is reporting on Syria depending on where you are? And what does that mean for Syrians? We discussed this and more in our second edition of GV Face.

Latin America Remembers the Disappeared

The disappearance of people has left a profound footprint in Latin America, where cases of disappearance still exist today. Photographs, songs and blogs help to keep memories alive.

Anti-fascist Musician Stabbed to Death by Neo-nazi in Greece

As news of the murder of a 34-year-old Greek anti-fascist musician by a neonazi supporter spread like wildfire on Twitter, incensed netizens pointed to a political party for responsibility.

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