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· March, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from March, 2020

31 March 2020

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

With domestic violence rates in Belarus among the highest in Europe and few legal protections, some women are turning to self-defence classes.

30 March 2020

Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak

"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Advox

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

28 March 2020

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

27 March 2020

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Algeria's crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

Advox

More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

26 March 2020

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

Digital activism, paintings, and a national strike—how Mexican women protest gender-based violence

The staggering levels of violence against women are front and center in Mexico's feminist movements.

Maldives: Can a country so dependent on tourism afford a lockdown?

The President of Maldives banned all tourist arrivals in the country from March 27, 2020. This will impact the country's economy due to a serious shortfall in foreign currency earnings.

25 March 2020

Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown

The Bridge

"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our...

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

Advox

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Calculating the hidden costs of breakaway borders in Georgia

The boundaries between breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Georgian government controlled territory are hardening. For locals on both sides of the divide, that brings huge social and economic costs.

23 March 2020

Thai workers speak out about their need for unions and better conditions at the workplace

"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."

21 March 2020

Quarantine woes in Bangladesh amid coronavirus fears

The government has ordered Bangladeshis who are returning from affected COVID-19 countries to home-quarantine. But a lack of monitoring has led to concerns that the disease may spread rapidly.

19 March 2020

Even with renewed laws, Brazil struggles to protect women amid rising femicide

Brazil has never had that many laws tackling violence against women. Yet it ranks fifth in femicides worldwide.

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Advox

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

Advox

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

18 March 2020

Pakistan claims COVID-19 under control amidst rising figures

People on social media are wondering if measures taken by the government are adequate and whether there is a proper infrastructure to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan.

15 March 2020

The mother of detained blogger Le Anh Hung speaks out about prison abuse in Vietnam

The 88 Project interviewed Ms. Tran Thi Niem about her imprisoned son, blogger Le Anh Hung, who has been placed in and out of mental health facilities since his 2013...

13 March 2020

Women's march in Istanbul marked by police violence and detentions on March 8

On March 8, International Women’s Day, feminist night marches took place in several cities across Turkey. While the event was held for the 17th time in İstanbul, it ended with...