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· May, 2021

Stories about Human Rights from May, 2021

Two transgender women in Cameroon sentenced to five years in jail for ‘attempted homosexuality’

"Which law punishes trans [women] for wearing a skirt?" Nobody should be imprisoned based on mere suspicion without proof, argues the defense counsel for Shakiro and Patricia.

Hong Kong authorities warn of 5-year prison term for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil

The security bureau warned that under the Public Order Ordinance, offenders will face up to five years in prison for attending, or one year for promoting, the vigil.

Colombian students set up humanitarian camp to resist police crackdown

"We have an overwhelming task and we should assume a leading role during the mobilization"

Czechia's Muslim women celebrated Ramadan with mixed experiences

How do Muslim women feel in Prague, and how does Female Ramadan in Prague go?

Trinidad and Tobago edges closer to amending its Equal Opportunity Act to include sexual orientation

Discussions about the need to amend Trinidad and Tobago's Equal Opportunity Act have reignited after one of the country's biggest banks made a major move towards diversity and inclusion.

European Parliament calls for ‘immediate’ and ‘unconditional’ release of Armenian prisoners

On May 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Azerbaijani government to release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives.

Belarus grounds Ryanair flight, detains independent journalist amid regime's crackdown on media

Pratasevich was formerly an administrator of NEXTA-Live, the Telegram channel covering the anti-government protests in Belarus. He is currently editor-in-chief of Belarus Golovnogo Mozga, another independent media outlet.

People of Gaza take to social media to share days of horror and loss under Israeli fire

Of horror, pain, anger and resistance, Gazans wrote on social media about how they suffered from Israeli bombing, attempted to escape death or coexisted with it.

Ukraine commemorates 77th anniversary of Crimean Tatar deportation

The trauma and memory of the deportation remain central to the history and identity of the Crimean Tatars and have gained renewed attention since Russia's occupation of Crimea in 2014.

Instances of online gender-based violence pile up in Kenya

In Kenya's male-dominated online space, women are often targets of verbal abuse.

Fifteen Georgian political parties sign joint agreement on queer rights

Fifteen political parties in Georgia have signed a statement outlining their commitment to protecting the rights of queer people.

Protecting its people and preserving democracy: Germany's pandemic predicament

Support for the government's response to the pandemic wavered by December 2020, as many Germans began to feel "mask-tired" and frustrated by a problematic vaccine rollout campaign.

Nepal appeals for international support amidst sweeping second COVID-19 wave

Nepal is devastated by the second wave of Coronavirus. The infection rate is rising sharply and the health infrastructure is crumbling, Nepal has asked for international support.

Environmental activists convicted in Cambodia for planning ‘one-woman walk’

"These young people were arrested for trying to protect Phnom Penh’s largest lake and preserve it for current and future generations."

Lockdown for citizens, beach holiday for tourists: New ad exposes Turkey's lopsided COVID rules

Turkey introduced fresh lockdown measures on April 29 in a bid to curb a new COVID-19 wave -- but international holidaymakers are exempt from them.

The different faces of gender equality in Vietnam politics

"From former political prisoners to the wives of jailed activists to ordinary citizens, many women have been subjected to mistreatment and harassment one way or another."

Israeli settlers’ aggressive takeover of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem is part of a decades-long struggle

Tensions have brewed in the occupied territories of Palestine for weeks, starting with Israel assaulting Muslim's holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque, evicting Jerusalemites from their homes and restricting their movement.

A battle for information is sweeping Colombia amid nationwide protests

Journalists, K-Pop fans, and community radio stations fight to share information on the country's protests.

Indigenous peoples join the national struggle in Colombia's strike

The Indigenous guard protects protestors by setting up humanitarian corridors

Villagers in Turkey's İkizdere resist mine construction

Known for its beautiful green valleys, tea cultivation, and beekeeping, the idyllic valley in Rize province is facing its most serious environmental threat yet.

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