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· November, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from November, 2018

30 November 2018

Syrian prisoners of conscience announce a hunger strike in Hama Central Prison, leaked footage reveals

"I had no political or partisan background. I just had a dream of a different Syria, so I joined my fellow Syrians who took to the streets in peaceful protests."

How fake news and misinformation are stirring ethnic tensions in Afghanistan

"The truth is that the image circulating is fake. It belongs to Wakil Kohsar and was taken in 2016, two years ago."

29 November 2018

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

Advox

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

28 November 2018

British national urges UK to ban Chinese state TV over role in forced confession

The complaint was filed mere weeks before's CCTV's opening of its European hub in Chiswick Park in London.

27 November 2018

How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

Advox

How far is Google willing to go to get the Chinese government's blessing?

26 November 2018

Indonesian school teacher faces jail time for documenting sexual harassment

Advox

Public outrage forced the Attorney General's Office to suspend the jailing of the female teacher, who was sexually harassed by her boss.

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

The Bridge

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

Despite threats of arrest, rap song criticizing military rule goes viral in Thailand

As a response to the 40-million-view music video, the Thai government launched its own rap song celebrating innovation and progress (it flopped).

25 November 2018

After a bloody attack on an opposition leader, critics of the Serbian regime express fears of a descent into fascism

"We will fight to ensure that Serbia doesn't remain a country of bloody shirts, and a country where the blood of those who think differently from the regime is spilled."

24 November 2018

#QanoonSabKayLiye: A social media campaign promoting legal awareness in Pakistan

#QanoonSabKayLiye campaign is a series of Facebook and Twitter posts that explain the rights and obligations of the citizens under the Constitution of Pakistan.

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

21 November 2018

Tokyo Immigration Bureau accidentally highlights the plight of refugees in Japan

To critics, the pinned tweet wasn't about graffiti at all, but was instead a reaction to criticism of how the immigration body treats refugees, undocumented workers and others in detention.

20 November 2018

Welcome to the ‘New Turkey': Five years after Gezi park, protesters face new threats of arrest

Advox

What seemed like a spike in repression against civil society advocates and intellectuals may actually be the new normal.

How negligence helped the Taliban plunge one of Afghanistan's last peaceful regions into chaos

Local sources in Malistan and Jaghori told Global Voices that F-16s flew over the skies for days without intervening.

18 November 2018

‘I am prepared to go to jail': Founder of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement offers hope ahead of trial

"I am prepared to go to jail… So long as we are not crushed by the trial and the prison sentence...then we will come out stronger."

16 November 2018

Saudi Arabia's execution of another migrant worker angers Indonesians and strains an already fraught diplomatic relationship

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 103 Indonesians were handed death sentences in Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2018.

Guyana's transgender community celebrates the overturning of an archaic cross-dressing law

Activists called the ruling “a clarion call to engage state actors on how the law engenders social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged groups”.

15 November 2018

Netizen Report: Tanzania’s crackdown on free speech targets media advocates from CPJ

Advox

Committee to Protect Journalists staffers were detained in Tanzania, China is flagging fake news on Weibo and activists across Africa face arrest on defamation charges.

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

12 November 2018

Mauritania keeps anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in prison — and far away from parliament

Biram Dah Abeid, who is also an elected government official, is accused of slandering and threatening a journalist with close ties to the Mauritanian government.

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