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Stories about Human Rights

12 October 2016

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

10 October 2016

Activists, Students, and Survivors Commemorate Thailand’s Forgotten Massacre

"We can never forget – 40 years on, and still no one has been found responsible. They were violent, and unbelieavably cruel."

9 October 2016

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

Global Voices Advocacy

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Airstrikes by Saudi-Led Coalition Kill At Least 140 in Yemen, Injuring Hundreds More

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a funeral left at least 140 people dead, making this the single largest massacre since the start of Yemen's civil war in 2015.

7 October 2016

Russia Remembers Slain Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Ten Years On

RuNet Echo

Today Russians remember Anna Politkovskaya, one of the country's leading investigative journalists who was shot and killed in the elevator of her apartment building ten years ago.

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards

Global Voices Advocacy

Collecting massive amounts of personal and biometric data opens up thorny issues around security and surveillance. As the database is built up, who will gain access to it?

The Story of an Argentine Torturer's Son

Luis testified against his father in the La Perla-Ribera mega trial for crimes against humanity committed during Argentina's dictatorship in the 1970s.

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

5 October 2016

#FreeBassel: Missing for More Than a Year, Syrian Web Developer is Not Forgotten

Global Voices Advocacy

October 3, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary since Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, disappeared from his prison cell in Syria.

Macedonian Activist Pavle Bogoevski to Stand Trial for Participating in a ‘Colorful Revolution’ Protest

Pavle Bogoevski, one of the most visible activists participating in Macedonia's “Colorful Revolution” protests, faces trial in Criminal Court on October 5 in Skopje.

4 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Send a Chilling Message to the Oromo People With Deadly Holiday Crackdown

The violence has shaken Ethiopia, as it appears to be the first assault by security forces on a major cultural and religious ritual of the Oromo people.

Women in Poland Go on ‘Black Monday’ Strike Against Proposed Abortion Ban

"I demonstrated today, because I just can't accept the new proposals of the abortion law in Poland. If they go through, the will destroy women's bodies, minds and souls."

3 October 2016

Macedonian Journalist Božinovski Continues Hunger Strike in Face of Trial Postponement

Global Voices Advocacy

Božinovski runs the tabloid-style web portal, famous for publishing leaked information that implicated prominent members of the Macedonian political elite in a variety of misdeeds.

2 October 2016

The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism

Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.

Polish Pro-Choice Protest Movement Prepares Nationwide Strike on “Black Monday”

On October 3 many women in Poland will not be at their work stations, and housewives will leave domestic chores undone.

GV Face: After More than Five Decades of War, Colombians Mull the Meaning of Peace

GV Face

"Because Colombians have the capital, made this peace possible, and are already so close, it would be crazy not to [go through with it]."

1 October 2016

Colombians Clash Online, Hoping to End the Country's Armed Conflict

After more than five decades of armed conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a peace settlement is finally at hand, if voters want it.

30 September 2016

Netizen Report: Swiss Citizens Say Yes to Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Swiss activists lose referendum on privacy, Jordanian authorities ban media coverage of writer’s assassination, and Mexico is spending even more money on surveillance tools than was previously known.

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