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· April, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from April, 2020

30 April 2020

A feeling of hopelessness: Interview with a Uyghur refugee in Turkey

The Chinese government policy of racial and religious profiling has forced young Uyghurs to leave China and remain in exile.

Fiji general cites need to ‘stifle criticism’ in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

AdvoxCOVID-19

"The COVID-19 pandemic is not an excuse for human rights violations. Excessive force and brutality are unacceptable from any of our enforcement or security forces."

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

Rising Voices

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

29 April 2020

To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, a call to end the war and internet shutdown in Arakan region

AdvoxCOVID-19

"During the global pandemic, we need to stop the war and internet shutdown to fight COVID-19 in Rakhine."

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

AdvoxCOVID-19

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

Mass animal sacrifice in the name of God stubbornly continues in Nepal

Despite the global outcry against animal sacrifice in Nepal, the tradition persists.

28 April 2020

Setbacks for freedom of expression as Tunisia fights COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Two bloggers have been arrested for accusing local authorities of corruption in relation to aid distribution, while a journalist who criticized the health minister faced insults online. 

Despite COVID-19, no respite for human rights crackdowns in Egypt

AdvoxCOVID-19

Prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah has gone on a hunger strike to protest his unlawful detention, his family said.

27 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A fake performance

COVID-19

They yelled out from their windows “fake, fake, it is all formalist performance”. This is not the first time the people in Wuhan express their resentment.

26 April 2020

‘Clean city-state’ image of Singapore shows double-standards in its treatment of migrants in times of COVID-19

COVID-19

"....even if you do most things right, if you're not considering or proactively looking out for the most vulnerable and marginalised in society, you're not going to effectively fight #COVID19."

24 April 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Is this pandemic a health crisis or a war?

COVID-19

War-like rhetoric around COVID-19 has allowed governments in the Middle East and North Africa to execute emergency powers and impose draconian measures that would otherwise be unacceptable.

23 April 2020

COVID-19 creates more uncertainty for migrant workers in India

COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 in India leads to economic and geographical displacement of migrant workers.

22 April 2020

Six false statements by Serbian government officials on COVID-19

Government officials are helping spread disinformation about the pandemic.

Beijing stages crackdowns on Hong Kong’s opposition amid COVID-19 pandemic

Over a span of just five days, the city saw its legislature, judiciary, legal system and civil society come under threat.

21 April 2020

Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

Despite a message and movement solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia, President George Weah still faces critique over a tanking economy and restricted media.

COVID-19 spells disaster for Brazil's overcrowded prisons as first inmate death recorded

COVID-19

The country has over 750,000 people living in prisons. It's the third-largest prison population worldwide, coming behind the US and China.

20 April 2020

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

19 April 2020

For Nepal's migrant and daily wage workers, lockdown is more dangerous than the coronavirus

COVID-19

Domestic daily wage labourers and migrant workers are among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Nepal.

18 April 2020

Bangladesh's frontline health workers contend with resource scarcity, stigma and restrictions

COVID-19

In Bangladesh frontline health worker workers are facing an unprecedented level of hardship, and also some criticism.

16 April 2020

COVID-19 exacerbates inequalities in Trinidad & Tobago's education system

COVID-19

"The [Ministry of Education] was utterly tone-deaf and did not effectively address my concerns."

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