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· December, 2014

Stories about Human Rights from December, 2014

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

A Presidential Birth Certificate Controversy Provokes Social Unrest in Gabon

From #ReclaimYourMosques to #ReclaimPakistan, Pakistanis Call for an End to Extremism

Horrified by the attack on a Peshawar school by Taliban militants, who killed more than 130 students, Pakistanis are protesting for an end to violent radicalism.

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

29 December 2014

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

A 17-Year-Old Rape Victim's Demand for Justice Gains Momentum in Nepal

Puja Bohara's open letter to Nepal's law minister has resonated with many in the mountainous country, where rape and other kinds of violence against women are prevalent.

The Christmas When the French City of Angoulême Built Cages Against Its Homeless People

The holiday spirit in the French city of Angoulême this year meant taking measures against homeless people. The outrage was swift, but will it last?

27 December 2014

Cuban Dissidents Harbor Hope, Fear and Fury Over US-Cuba Reconciliation

Global Voices Advocacy

"Cuba is not a computer in which you can install new software and expect it to work differently," says one prominent human rights advocate.

26 December 2014

So Much More Than the World Cup Happened in Brazil in 2014

From a soap opera's groundbreaking gay kiss to a national debate on racism and vigilante justice, 2014 was a busy year in Latin America's largest country.

22 December 2014

Hate Crimes on LGBTI People in Macedonia Spark ‘Body Bag’ Protests

In October, masked hooligans assaulted a celebration organized by an LGBTI group in Skopje, wrecking a cafe and beating up several people. Police have sat on their hands.

Democratic Republic of Congo's Dr. Mukwege: ‘How Can One Stay Silent’ in the Face of Sexual Violence?

Dr. Denis Mukwege moved some European parliament members to tears with his speech accepting the 2014 Sakharov Award on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Facebook and Twitter ‘Won't Block’ Navalny in Russia, As Kremlin Continues to Block Protest Mentions

RuNet Echo

Tv Rain reports Facebook and Twitter have decided not to block any more Navalny protest pages, aware that this might mean their whole websites may be blocked in Russia.

21 December 2014

Pakistanis Say #ReclaimYourMosques From Radicalism in Rare, Bold Protests

After the horrific Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that killed more than hundred and thirty students, a controversial cleric refused to condemn the massacre, sparking protests.

20 December 2014

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

RuNet Echo

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

Mexican Soap Opera's Gay Couple Thrown Back into the Closet on Brazilian TV

Brazilian SBT channel has cut out scenes and changed dialogue in its rebroadcast of the Mexican telenovela “Sortilegio” in order to hide the romantic relationship between two male characters.

#Ferguson Killing Inspires Street Art Throughout the US

A new wave of art with messages of justice have flooded Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

19 December 2014

‘Ferguson Is Here': Black Brazilians Bear the Brunt of Deadly Police Violence

Hundreds marched in São Paulo, not only to support rallies in the US, but also to underline the country's dark reality: Brazilian police systematically target and murder black people.

Murder of LGBTQ Activist Renews Venezuela’s Human Rights Debate

The murder of Giniveth Soto, a gender-equality activist, has launched at least two major, nationwide public debates about urban violence and threats same-sex couples face in Venezuela.

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Hong Kong Police's Arrest of Teen ‘Shopping’ Protesters Sparks Concern

Human rights activists worry that Hong Kong police are targeting minors participating in "shopping" pro-democracy protests. Young activists may not be aware of their legal rights.

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