Stories about Human Rights from March, 2016
"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."
Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".
"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."
An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche Welle reporter Chang Ping reported on March 27 that police in China burst into his father's birthday celebration and detained...
The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.
"This issue runs deeper than one isolated incident. It's time we address it #JusticeForTonu."
Ahead of Hong Kong's legislative vote, politicians are fanning prejudice against asylum seekers in a campaign strategy that mimics, some say, Donald Trump's presidential run in the United States.
Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.
"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."
Government sponsored gender-violence alerts are on the rise as a response to the the daily occurrence of sexual abuse, torture and femicides, but Mexicans are suspicious about their efficacy.
Bahrain court slams social media satirist in absentia, circumvention tools take another hit in Russia, and Facebook is off the hate speech hook in Germany (at least for now).
Amid fanfare and debate over human rights, trade, and baseball, Cubans on the island (at least those with Internet access) are voicing firm critiques of both leaders.
"People stuck...in a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."
The EU will turn asylum seekers of all nationalities except Syrian back to Turkey, and accept one Syrian refugee for each refugee turned back.
The life of prisoners in Madagascar and France.
Russian journalists have founded a new independent trade union organization to boost professional solidarity and provide more support for reporters working in the country.
"Arresting magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe for beating the men he says beat him to a pulp is nothing short of obscene."
"Europe’s concern goes no further than guarding its external borders and containing people within Turkey – depriving vulnerable people and children fleeing war and persecution from seeking asylum in Europe..."
Five months ago, Syrian web developer Bassel Khartabil disappeared from a Damascus prison, where he had spent four years since his 2012 arrest. Join supporters and ask: #WhereisBassel?
The families of the miners killed at Pasta de Conchos want to prevent a tragedy from happening again: "We're united by the certainty that life is worth more than coal".
Polarization and Dehumanization: Two Keys to Understanding the Assassination of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres
Hedme Sierra Castro, a Honduran human rights advocate, shares context on Honduras, a land vulnerable to impunity and abuse of native communities.