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· November, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from November, 2016

30 November 2016

The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money

"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"

“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.

"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."

Law Professor Says Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Failures Are an Abuse of Human Rights

Trinidad and Tobago's longstanding commitments to universal education are juxtaposed with the harsh reality of society's marginalised.

Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch

In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

27 November 2016

White Ribbon Campaign Enjoins Singaporean Men to Reject Gender Violence

"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."

One Year on, Belo Monte Dam Is a Nightmare for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

"It's impossible to live in the Xingu River today. I don't stand a chance. People use to live well. Now they survive," one local woman said.

25 November 2016

Yet Another Report on Extrajudicial Killings Backs Up Jamaican Human Rights Defenders’ Calls for Police Reform

Amnesty International's new report explores the abuse of power by Jamaican police and the fraught, protracted path to justice for victims' families.

23 November 2016

How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir

The Bridge

"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Global Voices Advocacy

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

Leader of Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Movement ‘Bersih’ Arrested Under Anti-Terror Law

"Is this the type of country that we Malaysians want to live in, where corruption runs amok, elections are rigged and innocents are placed behind bars?"

La Francophonie Summit Comes to Madagascar, Where Demonstrators Are Waiting

Madagascar, where the majority of people still live in poverty, has spent vast sums of money to organise a major summit. How much money exactly, nobody knows.

22 November 2016

GV Face: President Obama, It's About Time You Pardon Oscar López Rivera

GV Face

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera is one of the longest serving political prisoners in the world. In this episode, we discuss the movement to get President Obama to pardon him.

Another Young Environmentalist Is Murdered in Guatemala

Jeremy Barrios' killing puts another name in the list of human environmentalists to be silenced in the region and raises concern about the State's incapability to protect its own citizens.

Has Uzbekistan's ‘Princess’ Gulnara Karimova Really Been Murdered by the Government?

This is Uzbekistan, so never expect the truth.

20 November 2016

A Venezuelan Cartoonist Forced Into Exile Still Draws the Repression Back Home

For nearly 20 years, Rayma Suprani's political cartoons were a must-see for Venezuela's chattering classes. But the Maduro government didn't like them and forced her into exile.

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