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Stories about Human Rights

Milan Kundera's first Czech biography: Another public dressing-down in his homeland?

"An optimist can still hope there will be a time when the debate around Milan Kundera will overcome its long-lasting neurotic phase."

Police killings spark protests in Trinidad's capital

Following the killing of three men by police on June 27, residents of communities in Trinidad on blocked roads, burned debris and processed through the streets chanting "Don't shoot!"

Beijing's national security law to enter force in Hong Kong

July 1 is a day of destiny for a city that China is determined to bring under its full control.

Mexican feminists and workers’ rights defenders faced wave of arrests in June

Various threats, arrests, and detentions happened in under 15 days.

What is it like to be a mainland Chinese living in Hong Kong and supporting the protests?

Pro-protest mainlanders get doxxed by hostile internet users at home and sometimes face discrimination in their adopted city.

In Brazil, COVID-19 death rate for black community is higher than for other populations

A study by Agência Pública shows that deaths and hospitalizations among black people with COVID-19 rose at a faster rate than among white people in Brazil.

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Protest art in the streets of Tripoli: An interview with Lebanese artist Batool Jacob

Batool Jacob paints on topics related to the Lebanese protests through a feminist and libertarian lens.

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries.

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

From prison to exile: An interview with Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga

A former prisoner of conscience talks about her experience after she was arrested and the impact her incarceration had on her family.

History repeats itself: Chinese state terror and the dismantling of Uyghur neo-Jadidism

One of the many casualties of the Chinese state's assault on Uyghurs is the climate of progressive and education and culture fostered and funded by Uyghur entrepreneurs.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

Thailand's ‘youthquake': Activism in the time of COVID-19

Pro-democracy flash mob protests rocked Thailand in January and February. COVID-19 has shifted acts of resistance to cyberspace.

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda

In Uganda, the needs of marginalized people — especially those of persons with disabilities — were conspicuously absent in President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives.

Remembering Amadou Diallo, a Guinean victim of police brutality in the USA

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean in the USA, was shot 41 times by NYC police. His family sued the city and settled for $3 million and created the Amadou Diallo Foundation in...

New law forces Hungarian transgender people to choose exile

Transgender people told Global Voices that Brussels has failed to stand up to Budapest on the issue.

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