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· October, 2017

Stories about Human Rights from October, 2017

31 October 2017

In Paraguay, a Community Fights for the Right to Grow Food

The community of Primero de Marzo can't sell their produce in a country where 700,000 people go hungry every day.

30 October 2017

The Venezuelan Crisis Understood Through Video Games

Creative ways of protesting in Venezuela leave traces in different spaces and amplify a variety of points of views around the Venezuelan conflict.

27 October 2017

Netizen Report: Voices of Yemen’s ‘Forgotten War’ Speak Out, Despite Legal Barriers

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

26 October 2017

The Families of Trafficked Boys From India's Arwal Say Police Don't Care

"There were eight of us...They would beat us if we didn’t chop wood and not give us food...They killed four boys. And threw them in the river nearby."

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

25 October 2017

Czech President ‘Jokingly’ Threatens Journalists With an Assault Rifle Replica

Global Voices Advocacy

Last Friday, Czech president Miloš Zeman brandished a wooden replica of an assault rifle with the inscription 'for journalists' written on its side. Journalists, however, failed to appreciate the 'joke'.

23 October 2017

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

22 October 2017

Why Is the US Celebrating an Iranian Socialist Wrestler?

"Takhti represented...a tradition, a universe of values with deep and ancient roots and in intense contradiction with the status quo."

21 October 2017

Some Kashmiris Think Indian Authorities Are Behind Braid-Chopping Attacks Against Women

"Some people believe that it is the revival of old tactics of New Delhi, creating fear psychosis in the public to divert them from the sentiment of freedom."

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 October 2017

Philippines: Human Rights Groups Ask Apple to Reject Games Glorifying President Duterte's War on Drugs

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is unacceptable that Apple is tolerant to making profit out of people’s unjust deaths and misery".

Balkan Pride Parades Highlight Growing Support for LGBT Rights (and Politicians Are Taking Notice)

Serbia's openly gay prime minister became the 'first head of government to attend a Balkan Pride event.' Cynics see her appointment, however, as a move to impress the European Union.

18 October 2017

A Conversation With the Founder of the Israeli Legal Clinic for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law

Transitional justice -- is this the future for the laws of conflict? Here is our interview with Yaël Vias Gvirsman, founder of Israel's first International Criminal and Humanitarian Legal Clinic.

17 October 2017

Tightened Security in Beijing Means Windows Ordered Shut and Bans on Knife Sales

The security measures are in place ahead of the 19th National Chinese Communist Party Congress, where the country's leadership is chosen.

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

The Bridge

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

‘When You Write a Song About Racism, It's a Big Deal’

Songs of resistance are at the core of Songhoy Blues' latest album "Résistance." The band hails from Mali and tackles issues like racism and voter apathy.

14 October 2017

One Mother's Tireless Pursuit of Justice for Kashmir's Disappeared

"We don’t want their money. We want our children back."

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

#Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Have Been Behind Bars for 100 Days

Global Voices Advocacy

"Gharavi and Steudtner were arrested doing their jobs, imparting knowledge and skills that are essential to the exercise of human rights in the digital age."

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