Stories about Human Rights from February, 2014
Macedonia, the most miserable country on earth according to The Economist, will unite in the fight against poverty on March 1, 2014 in Skopje.
Brazilian journalist and activist Carlos Carlos posted [pt] a list of the most important “Brazilian songs that denounce the police” on his blog, Bola e Arte. He explains: Now it is trendy to make lists, right? and amid so many useless lists, Bola e Arte blog has prepared a selection of...
The Vienna-based opposition blog Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports that police in northern Turkmen town of Dashoguz raid cafes and restaurants in search of women out for the evening. According to the blog, single ladies and women dining without their husbands are taken to police stations. Chronicles of Turkmenistan alleged back in...
19 musicians killed, and 7 abducted. 18 music creators imprisoned. These are just some of the reported cases of injustice against musicians recorded by the human rights organization Freemuse in 2013. On March 3, the annual Music Freedom Day will draw attention to the rights to free expression of musicians...
As conflict in Ukraine's province of Crimea escalates, Internet hoaxes muddy the waters.
Both Venezuela and Haiti have been facing anti-government protests. However, the international media’s escalation of the Venezuelan crisis and their complete silence when it comes to Haiti, raises some important questions about the United States’ inconsistency in upholding the values of human rights and democracy. Kevin Edmonds calls out the...
A 15-year-old was found beaten and chained to a lamp post, the shocking work of a vigilante gang. Even more shocking? When a TV anchor said the crime was "understandable".
"Can't understand support for #Uganda's #antigaybill! You can't impose your ideas of sexuality on others. No one said you must be gay!"
As a futile gesture of defiance Russian protesters brought several tires to a Moscow protest against political prisoners.
One of the Taliban negotiators pulled out during a recent talk with the Pakistan government demanding that the agenda includes the strict imposition of Sharia law. Pakistani Blogger and Journalist Beena Sarwar highlights a protest note posted in Facebook titled '10 reasons why I do not want Shariah in Pakistan’...
Peruvian Gabriela Garcia Calderón remembers the Venezuela of the 1990s, a very different country from the one appearing in the news headlines of late.
Following this week's deadly crackdown, an original deal calling for end-2014 elections left protesters unsatisfied. Parliament then ousted Yanuckovich.
Olesya Zhukovskaya, was shot in the neck by a sniper and managed to tweet "I am dying". Great relief was felt worldwide when she survived.
After the death of a cameraman hit by an object during a protest, Brazilian authorities are discussing legislative changes that will harden penalties for disobedience in protests.
US officials finally extended Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa's visa so he can continue receiving treatment there following a November car accident that left the exchange student in a coma.
In response to the lack of female representation in peace talks, a website gives a voice to Colombian women who have dedicated their lives to the fight for peace.
Despite the blatant disregard for human rights still plaguing Equatorial Guinea, the door has been opened for the West African country's membership in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
On February 19 internet users from different cities started to report irregularities by police officers, the National Guard and some armed civilian groups in motorbikes.
After almost three months of constant protests in Ukraine's major cities, President Yanukovych's government declared de facto martial law in the country. Violent clashes have spread beyond the capital.
A student in Kyiv, Ukraine tweeted from morning till past midnight on the day of a violent standoff between protesters and police led to as many as 25 deaths and hundreds wounded.
Jabeur Mejri jailed for posting prophet Muhammad cartoons was pardoned, the president's office announced Wednesday [Feb 19, 2014].