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· January, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2018

22 January 2018

In Argentina, the Search for the Lost Grandchildren of the Dictatorship Continues

The recovery of granddaughter 127 is seen as the fruit of long efforts and it is a renewal of hope for the reunification of families torn apart by the dictatorship.

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Global Voices Advocacy

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

21 January 2018

Macedonia Has Its Own #MeToo Movement — #ISpeakUpNow — and It Is Gaining Momentum

Despite the backlash from trolls, the #ISpeakUpNow movement has mostly drawn support and applause for the survivors of sexual abuse who refuse to stay silent any longer.

20 January 2018

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

The First Mobile Phone Network for Indigenous Communities in Mexico Is Under Threat

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"This is the only telecommunications service that these communities have, historically they have not been covered...we believe a clear exemption for this type of operator should be in the law."

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)

Global Voices Advocacy

The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

18 January 2018

Netizen Report: Five Months After Houthis Arrested Him, Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Walks Free

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 January 2018

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Global Voices Advocacy

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

Two Leading Figures of the Arts in Iran. Two Very Different Reactions to the Protests.

A notable writer, known for fighting against censorship, condemns the burning of the flag during protests. A notable filmmaker, however, shows support.

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Global Voices Advocacy

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

13 January 2018

Japanese Media Struggles to Translate Trump's “Shithole”

"Fascinating that media outlets find it easier to print "shithole" than 'racist' or 'racism'."

Peruvian Human Rights Activist Sees Similarities Between Maduro's Venezuela and Fujimori's Peru

"Dictatorships not only learn but are sophisticated in their methodology."

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

12 January 2018

Jailed Paraguayan Activists Call Themselves Political Prisoners but the Government Disagrees

"Liberty, for me, is that all men and women have the possibility of working and living with dignity..."

11 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

While Iran's Former Head of Judiciary Receives Medical Treatment in Germany, Activists Urge his Prosecution for Crimes Against Humanity

Solidarity and support from the Iranian Diaspora and international community send a message that those who appear invincible today can end up a defendant in a courtroom tomorrow. 

With Age Limit Abolished, Ugandans Fear They Are ‘Stuck’ With President Museveni

"32 yrs of inefficiency and we are now stuck with this incompetent, self serving individual whose government is characteristic of nepotism!"

Yemeni Human Rights Blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy Has Been Missing for 150 Days

Global Voices Advocacy

Before his detention Hisham Al-Omeisy was outspoken about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

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