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· October, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from October, 2020

Indian ad featuring Hindu-Muslim family pulled after rightwing backlash

The advert by jewellery brand Tanishq shows a Hindu woman being led by her Muslim mother-in-law to a traditional Hindu baby shower.

In Haiti, homophobic movements use anti-colonial rhetoric against LGBTQI+ communities

Attempts to increase visibility of the LGBTQI+ community in Haiti are being stifled

Russia's indigenous peoples are in the crosshairs of COVID-19

A raft of social and environmental issues makes indigenous peoples of Russia's Far North uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19 — many of these, say activists, are linked to resource extraction.

Who is selling Ukrainians’ personal data online and for what purposes?

A trove of Ukrainians'' personal data available online as a consequence of leaks or illegal sale creates ripe conditions for targeted dissemination of malicious content ahead of October 25 local...

Nigerian military opens fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos

Nigerian security officials opened fire on protesters in Lekki, Lagos, reportedly killing at least three people. Civil society groups say the government has "declared a war on the people."

#EndSARS protest movement at a crossroads as government evades the issue

The Nigerian government has shown zero commitment to protesters’ demands for police reform but wallows in self-deluding verbal platitudes that are as ineffectual as they are dishonest.

Ending police brutality in Nigeria: A festival of lights to honor the dead

Protesters from the #EndSARS movement agreed to hold a festival of lights on Friday night in honor of heroes who lost their lives due to police brutality.

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

Thailand's democracy protests reflect rising dissatisfaction over the monarchy

Criticizing the monarchy is a crime in Thailand yet protesters, especially young activists, continue to organize rallies calling for monarchy reforms.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III

Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.

Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election

"This censorship seems like something the dictatorship did. They shouldn’t mess with the party’s tone. Shouldn’t there be freedom of expression?"

Understanding pandemic fatigue

As we continue to struggle to maintain safety measures, it is important for us to shift from a culture of blaming to one that supports and leads with kindness.

‘A Fearless Song': Guatemalan women protest violence against women through music

"We sing without fear, we ask for justice; we shout for every disappeared woman"

New book tells stories of suffering and resistance from Iran’s female prisons

In "White Torture," Narges Mohammadi interviews 12 female political prisoners—and shares her own experiences in an Iranian jail, where she spent eight and a half years.

The struggle to end Nigeria's brutal SARS police unit continues

The question of control over SARS has not been adequately answered. The constitution vested control of the police to the presidency under the police chief. But that chain-of-command has broken.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part II

"We transformed these broken colonies into functional democracies without any support […] and now we have this debt crisis because we were abandoned by those who plundered our wealth."

‘Lazy’ Nigerian youth mobilize #EndSARS protest from social media to the streets

Described as ‘lazy’ by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, with a significant number unemployed, stereotyped as ‘unserious’, these digitally savvy youth have proved critics wrong. 

Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its definition of banned hate speech

Human rights organizations and academic institutions praised Facebook's decision to address Holocaust denial and related conspiracy theories through enhanced self-regulation.

Hong Kong civil servants forced to choose between freedom of expression and their jobs

Following the enactment of the national security law, Hong Kong authorities included a "loyalty clause" in civil servants' employment contracts.

A new book honors female resistance during Brazil's 21-year dictatorship

A new book brings together 15 profiles of women who had leading roles in the resistance against the 1964 military dictatorship in Brazil.

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