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· October, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from October, 2018

31 October 2018

Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest

Advox

Al-Ghomgham, and many other Saudi Shiites, took to the streets in 2011 to demand better rights.

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

29 October 2018

A Mozambique surfwear retailer thought is was a good idea to name their store “Hitler”—Netizens disagreed

The "Hitler" store, which seems to have been in business since early October, is located in one of the largest shopping centers in the country.

Paramilitary group killed farmers in Philippines sugar plantation, fact-finding mission says

The "Sagay 9" massacre was the single most deadly attack against peasant activists under the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

27 October 2018

Brazilian journalists face hacking, doxxing and other threats as election draws near

Advox

141 cases of threats and violence against journalists have been registered during the coverage of 2018 elections.

26 October 2018

Online stories of the Venezuelan exodus

The difficult exodus from Venezuela to other countries in the region can be followed through the stories and recommendations of those who have already left the country.

25 October 2018

Arrested in Saudi Arabia, and then disappeared: Yemeni writer Marwan Almuraisy

Advox

In the authoritarian kingdom, the crackdown against independent voices has escalated under Mohammed Bin Salman's rule.

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

Will Syria follow in the UAE's footsteps and censor VoIP services?

Advox

A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

Burundi clamps down on international NGOs and rejects human rights criticisms

In September, the National Security Council announced all NGOs – except in hospitals and schools – were suspended for three months from October 1, and mining companies for one month.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Advox

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

23 October 2018

As China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’, Weibo netizens cheer on

China has switched its public relations tactics from denying to defending the camps, and the u-turn immediately reflected back on the social media conversation.

19 October 2018

Serbian authorities clamp down on a health charity after it exposed state negligence

The methods of pressure against Serbian civil society organizations bear resemblance to those used by governments in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in neighboring Hungary and Macedonia.

17 October 2018

Nationwide far-right protests in Japan met with vigorous anti-racism opposition

The main organizing force behind the racist marches is Japan First Party, a political party founded in 2016 who is the direct successor of a much older anti-Korean hate group.

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

Advox

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

16 October 2018

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

Advox

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

12 October 2018

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

Advox

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

10 October 2018

Japanese television program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment

"With no deep insights, without even a shred of critical analysis and the stupidity of superficial entertainment, [this] is the worst television program on Japanese television today."

8 October 2018

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

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