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· March, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from March, 2016

31 March 2016

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

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".

Still No Justice 10 Years After Bolivian Migrants Die in a Sweatshop Fire in Argentina

"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."

29 March 2016

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

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...

Mass Child Abuse Scandal Rocks Turkish Pro-Government Foundation in Turkey

"In a case of 45 alleged child rapes, only a single person is being charged. This is statistically impossible. #ChildAbusersProtectedInTurkey."

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

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.

26 March 2016

#JusticeForTonu Goes Viral After Bangladeshi College Student's Rape and Murder

"This issue runs deeper than one isolated incident. It's time we address it #JusticeForTonu."

Donald Trump’s Anti-Refugee Style of Politics Comes to Hong Kong

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.

25 March 2016

#Justice4Morocco: Human Rights Defenders’ Trial Postponed Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.

24 March 2016

Albanian Activists Rally Against a ‘Concrete’ End for Tirana's Last Public Park

"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."

Mexican Government Hopes to Counter Violence Against Women With Gender Alerts

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.

23 March 2016

Netizen Report: Congo Shuts Down All Communications on Election Day

Global Voices Advocacy

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).

22 March 2016

Cubans Cast a Critical Glance on Obama's Havana Tour

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.

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

"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."

European Union Signs Controversial Deal to Deport Refugees to Turkey

The EU will turn asylum seekers of all nationalities except Syrian back to Turkey, and accept one Syrian refugee for each refugee turned back.

20 March 2016

A Side-by-Side Look at Prison Life in France and Madagascar

The life of prisoners in Madagascar and France.

Russian Journalists Create New Independent Trade Union

RuNet Echo

Russian journalists have founded a new independent trade union organization to boost professional solidarity and provide more support for reporters working in the country.

18 March 2016

Nigerian Police Beat Up Yomi Olomofe, Who Was Assaulted Last Year Over His Corruption Reporting

"Arresting magazine publisher Yomi Olomofe for beating the men he says beat him to a pulp is nothing short of obscene."

17 March 2016

Europe Negotiates With Turkey to Slam the Door on Refugees

"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..."

15 March 2016

#WhereisBassel: Imprisoned Syrian Technologist Is Still Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

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?

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