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· July, 2021

Stories about Human Rights from July, 2021

Iranian state comes down hard on protests over ‘Thirsty Khuzestan’

Three years ago, protests broke out in Iran's richest province of Khuzestan against water shortages. Like today's, these were also met with force, as protesters blame government corruption and mismanagement.

The Georgian Dream Party’s anti-media crusade continues

Following the homophobic, anti-journalist riots on July 5, the Georgian government officials accused of inciting the violence have gone on the offensive against journalists.

Fifth woman murdered in Azerbaijan in 10 days

A woman strangled to death in Azerbaijan is the fifth victim killed over a personal conflict with the attacker in the last 10 days.

LGBTQI+ community celebrates the first legal same-sex partnership in Montenegro

The registration of the first same-sex marriage is a historic step for the community in Montenegro, though homosexuality remains a sensitive issue.

Hong Kong hands down first guilty sentence on terrorism and inciting secession charges under national security law

The special High Court's judgement was based on 'all the relevant circumstances' and the undisputed understanding that the slogan was 'capable of' inciting others to commit secession.

Pakistani woman cricketer Nida Dar faces sexism from a former cricketer

Excerpts of a recent interview with Abdul Razzag and Nida Dar show him pointing out that the top woman cricketer is "manly".

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui who was killed in Afghanistan remembered and honoured online

Danish's demise has led to a range of emotions being expressed across fraternities, from respectful tributes to critical comments from his naysayers.

Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

A number of government statements issued this week in Turkey signal a further decline on media freedom.

Global investigation reveals Pegasus Project identified in Azerbaijan and elsewhere

Around 1,000 phone numbers belonging to users in Azerbaijan were identified, among them, prominent journalists, editors, rights defenders, lawyers, political activists, as well as their friends and family members.

Pegasus spyware revelation indicates Indian state snooping on journalists, activists and politicians

The Pegasus Project released a report detailing the potential hacking and surveillance of more than 1,000 activists, journalists and politicians from India using the Israeli-made spyware, Pegasus.

‘Maohi Lives Matter': Tahiti protesters condemn French nuclear testing legacy

"According to our calculations, based on a scientific reassessment of the doses received, approximately 110,000 people were infected, almost the entire Polynesian population at the time."

The “ticket to happy life” politics of Indian marriages in the context of dowry-related violence

The recent death of 24-year-old medical student Vismaya Nair in the Indian state of Kerala has sparked widespread outrage and renewed discussions over dowries and domestic violence in India.

Team 29, Russia's most prominent legal defense group, shuts down under state pressure

On July 19, after its website was blocked, Team 29 announced it was shutting down its operations in order to protect its staff and clients from possible criminal prosecution.

‘Courage is accumulative,’ said director of Hong Kong protest documentary at 2021 Cannes Festival

"This is a paradox, only if I stay in Hong Kong I can enjoy freedom, a freedom to overcome fear."

State escalates attacks on media freedom and civil society in Belarus

Since the start of July, dozens of civil society organisations and independent media outlets in Belarus have faced law enforcement raids, searches and staff detentions.

Azerbaijani Director who justifies sexual assault faces backlash, no repercussions

A man named Tural Safarov, shared a video message on July 6, targeting Azerbaijani women and justifying sexual harassment.

Released journalists share prison experiences in Myanmar

"Without letting me sleep, they interrogated me for three days. I requested water, which they allowed me only on the third day. I had food only on the fourth day."

July arrests mark turn for the worse in Vietnam

Among those arrested were two relatively unknown individuals with hardly any history of pro-democracy activism.

Chinese cities’ plans to ban unvaccinated from public facilities triggers online backlash

A few dozen Chinese cities have introduced restrictive policies banning unvaccinated people from visiting public venues including schools, hospitals, mass transportation and shopping malls. 

The year of the ‘orange handkerchief’ for State-Church separation in Argentina

With the slogan "Church and State: Different Matters," this campaign fights for the establishment of a secular Argentine State that does not allocate public funds for the Catholic Church.

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