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· June, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2018

18 June 2018

Guyana's LGBT community hosts its first ever gay pride parade

"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."

15 June 2018

Research reveals malicious digital campaign against Pakistani human rights defenders

Advox

The Amnesty International report reveals that a network of social media fake accounts are used to infiltrate the activists communities in Pakistan.

This digital novel narrates the violence against ethnic Chinese during the 1998 riots in Indonesia

"20 years on, 1998 is barely acknowledged. There [are] a lot of things to be done in terms of healing, to obtain some forms of justice."

Netizen Report: New rules in Cambodia and Tanzania force independent media to quiet down — or shut down altogether

Advox

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

Mob lynching in India based on WhatsApp rumors claims lives of two innocent men

"Candle light vigil last night in #KarbiAnglong by Karbi Students' Association, KNCA and many other organizations, demanding justice for #NilotpalDas and #AbhijitNath and an end to lynch mob culture..."

Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead

Advox

"It is virtually impossible to know who are our enemies and who are our friends."

14 June 2018

Taiwanese and Vietnamese activists are working together to pursue justice for the victims of the Vietnam marine life disaster

"This is the pain of Taiwanese. If we experience this kind of pain, we should not then inflict it on Vietnam."

Nicaraguan protesters and journalists face violent attacks on the streets and online

Advox

Journalists are being assaulted and have their equipment stolen, Nicaraguans’ Wi-Fi identifiers have been hacked.

Trinidad and Tobago's religious leaders ‘unite to divide’ people around the issue of gay rights

"Doing what you can to reduce murder, child abuse, domestic violence...nah, more important to use your leadership position to say who should or shouldn't be allowed to love each other"

13 June 2018

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

Advox

"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."

12 June 2018

Argentina counts down the hours to the vote on legalizing abortion

"If the law is not approved, those responsable for that torture and the eventual deaths will be the deputies who voted against it..."

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Advox

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

Advox

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

11 June 2018

Algerian blogger sentenced to ten years in prison, in another blow to free expression

Advox

Prior to his arrest, Touati covered anti-austerity strikes and job protests, and rights violations committed by Algerian authorities.

8 June 2018

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

Advox

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

Netizen Report: In another blow for free speech, Egypt’s parliament passes cybercrime law

Advox

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

A fishing village and mangrove habitat in the Philippines faces threats of reclamation

"We will not leave our homes. We will fight so long as there are people supporting us and giving us the strength to fight."

6 June 2018

Amid setbacks by the Temer administration, thousands of indigenous peoples march into Brazil's capital

Representatives of the agribusiness sector have gained even greater capillarity since president Temer controversially took office in 2016.

5 June 2018

Freedom abroad, fear at home: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer detained for 30 days

Advox

Emin Aslan had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.

4 June 2018

With elections fast approaching in Mexico, what is at stake for citizens?

This is the first in a series of four articles focused on México’s upcoming elections. In this post: A look at the political background and the emergence of new candidates.

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