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· July, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from July, 2018

30 July 2018

A young Syrian widow from Eastern Ghouta on her forced displacement

The Bridge

"Remember my story. My name is Safa. I was born thirty years ago. Today, I'm forcibly displaced from my home with my three children. I'm now alone, sad and tired."

29 July 2018

Barbados’ LGBT+ community is here, queer and making history with the country's first public Pride Parade

The Bridge

"‘I’m Coming Out’ played and down a side street comes Didi wearing a pride dress, hoisting a flag. She’s running hard in heels. The crowd explodes. It was our party."

27 July 2018

Australian conference debates threats to human rights in the Asia-Pacific

The message from Australia's human rights law conference: We cannot just “support human rights until it gets hard”.

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

In India, police protects cows while lynching victim accused of cow smuggling is delayed care

"It’s sad to know that cow protection is more sacred than saving a human life...Are minorities in the country really being marginalized and treated as second-grade citizens?"

Southern Iraq rages over dire living conditions

With frequent power cuts intensifying the effects of a brutal heatwave, people have taken to the streets to demand better public services, jobs and an end to corruption.

25 July 2018

Attack by municipal guards signals rising threats against journalists in Ukraine

Advox

Municipal Guards for the city of Odessa attacked a group of journalists with teargas and rubber batons.

Ghanaians challenge their government over a telco monitoring program, claiming privacy violations

Advox

Petitioners say the system will monitor more than just revenues, warning that it will allow for easy government snooping on calls and messages.

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Advox

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

22 July 2018

A guide to Pakistan's 2018 general elections

A handy guide to the parties, the issues and what's at stake in Pakistan's upcoming general elections.

20 July 2018

Media censorship rises as the general elections draw near in Pakistan

Advox

Election speeches have been banned with the objective of preventing broadcast media from airing "derogatory" and "defamatory" content.

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

Advox

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

Advox

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

18 July 2018

What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania

Advox

Copyright proposals being pushed by European governance bodies must take into account the nature and potential uses of networked digital technology.

Michel Gonzalez Nuñez: “I imagine it is shocking to approve a ‘homosexual’ law in a ‘revolution’ so pumped with testosterone.”

"If only partially granting rights and liberties makes a society "revolutionary", then someone needs to explain to me what "revolutionary" means. To me, this is a contradiction."

‘If it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen': Israel moves to restrict photo documentation of military activity

Advox

Israeli legislators are pushing two bills that would further restrict speech by activists and journalists critical of its policies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

Bombings in Pakistan ahead of elections kill 170, thwarting hopes of a peaceful vote

One bombing alone, in Balochistan, killed 129 and injured dozens -- the deadliest attack in Pakistan since Taliban shooters killed 141 in an army-run school in Peshawar, in December 2014.

13 July 2018

In India, regulators are deciding the fate of sensitive data behind closed doors

Advox

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy of Indian citizens is a fundamental right -- how will that affect the country's national ID system?

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Advox

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

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