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· September, 2015

Stories about Human Rights from September, 2015

29 September 2015

The Enormous Mural That Made a Mexican Neighborhood ‘Magical’

Germen Crew, an independent collective, painted a colorful mural stretching across 200 homes in Las Palmitas neighborhood. The "magical" project helped strengthen the community in the process.

28 September 2015

Miles to Go Before They Rest: Voices from the Croatia-Serbia Border Crossing

The Bridge

When those seeking refuge pass through areas like the Serbia-Croatia border crossing, they've already travelled many, many miles—but for most of them it's a mere fraction of the total journey.

Pussy Riot Performance in Banksy's Dismaland Highlights Plight of Refugees

RuNet Echo

Russian punk musicians and political activists Pussy Riot raised awareness of the cause of refugees in Europe with a violent and loud performance at Banksy's Dismaland park in London.

27 September 2015

Global Voices Series Dispatches From Syria Wins Online Journalism Award

According to the judges who selected "Dispatches in Syria" as category winner, Marcell Shehwaro's “intensely personal writing found the gray areas in a war usually told from polar extremes.”

Ayotzinapa: Nine Possible Answers to Questions Remaining One Year After the Disappearance of 43 Students

One year after the disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Iguala, there are still many unanswered questions about what actually happened.

Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Students in Ayotzinapa

"For us, the night of September 26 hasn't ended," says one survivor of the Ayotzinapa tragedy. "They thought that over time they could defeat us. But that's not the case."

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

Jailed Activist and Artist Atena Farghdani Protests Mistreatment With Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

“They have tarnished my daughter’s reputation in prison. They are playing with her integrity with their [ugly] words."

23 September 2015

#PinjraTod Gives Voice to Indian Women Fed Up With Draconian University Hostel Rules

"What is clear from all these stories is the need for an all-out rejection of these restrictive rules and the patriarchal protectionism they are built on."

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

The Bridge

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

The Arrest of Arash Zad, Iran's Start-Up Kid

Global Voices Advocacy

A popular technology blogger and pioneer of Iran's start-up scene is quietly arrested at Tehran's international airport. A strange turn of events for someone not involved in an dissident activity.

Zone9 Bloggers Are Not Alone: More Ethiopian Netizens Face Terrorism Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside the now-famous case of the Zone9 bloggers, there are so many detained Ethiopian bloggers, online activists and politicians, whose names are not yet on the map. Last year on July...

22 September 2015

Haitian President's Sexist Comments Remind Caribbean Feminists They Still Have a Long Way to Go

From schoolboy raps to ministerial threats, women across the Caribbean continue to pay the price for speaking out, says the Code Red feminist blog.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

Chilean Musician Victor Jara's Rethinking of Power Lives on Long After His Murder

The singer-songwriter, murdered in the aftermath of Augusto Pinochet's coup, invited listeners to dare to dream of a future in which society wasn't separated into powerful elites and disenfranchised masses.

20 September 2015

Ugandan Minister Mysteriously Dies, the Internet Goes Haywire

The sudden death of General Aronda, Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister and former Chief Of Defence Forces, created an outpouring of condolences and a wave of conspiracy theories on social media.

19 September 2015

Saudi Court's Death Sentence for Young Ali Al-Nimr Disputed by Human Rights Defenders

Saudi Ali al-Nimr was arrested when he was 17. Now, at 21, he is sentenced to be beheaded, and then have his body strapped to a cross to rot.

18 September 2015

Skepticism Follows Arrest of Four Philanthropists Who Care for Bangladeshi Street Children

Four people involved with the Adamya Bangladesh Foundation, which works to improve the lives of street children, face human trafficking charges. Supporters aren't convinced of the police case against them.

The Lebanese Government vs Protesters: Oppression, Arrests and Thugs

Forty-three people were arrested in Lebanon on Wednesday for protesting against the second round of talks between political powers to end the presidential stalemate.

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

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