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Stories about Human Rights

14 May 2017

For Refugees in Seattle, Rising Rents Mean the Search for Home Isn’t Over

As rents rise in Seattle on the US west coast, Congolese refugees are facing the very real threat of homelessness.

13 May 2017

New Documentary Throws Shade on Police Investigation Into Dissident Journalist's Murder in Kyiv

A new investigative report challenges the role of Ukraine's authorities in a stalled murder case surrounding a dissident journalist assassinated in Kyiv last summer.

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

Calls for Boycott After Pizza Hut Israel Mocks Palestinian Hunger Strikers on Facebook

"...because human dignity is much more precious that your pizza!! #Boycott_PizzaHut"

Diversity, Interrupted: Anti-Gay Crusades Mar Ukraine’s Tolerant Facade

RuNet Echo

As this year’s Eurovision Song Contest enters its final weekend, a half-painted rainbow arch meant to symbolize the event’s slogan, “Celebrate Diversity,” hovers ominously over the center of Kyiv.

11 May 2017

Netizen Report: Draft Laws in Egypt Could Lock Down Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

As Egypt's parliament pushes to further restrict expression, Turkey blocks Wikipedia, Russia blocks WeChat, and the UK can't seem to stop snooping.

8 May 2017

Seven Years After Execution, Kurdish Teacher Farzad Kamangar's Legacy of Hope Remains

"I know that one day, this harsh and uneven road will be paved for teachers and the suffering you endured will be a badge of honour..."

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Global Voices Advocacy

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

7 May 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Release of 82 Chibok Girls from Boko Haram's Captivity

The girls were set free following negotiations between the government and Boko Haram militants.

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

5 May 2017

Draft Law Would Require Egyptian Social Media Users to Register With Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Users who do not register could face up to six months in jail and a fine.

Omani Authorities Block Access to Online Magazine Mowatin

Global Voices Advocacy

The independent magazine was blocked by Oman authorities on World Press Freedom Day, hours after resuming publication.

Young Girl Quits Malaysian Chess Tournament After Organizers Call Her Knee-Length Skirt ‘Seductive’

"The police should not only be looking into the claims of the breach of dress code but the fact that a child was possibly sexualised by an adult.”

Venezuela's Protests Arrive in Lebanon

"What nerve. Tarek WIlliam Saab, who should ensure the Human Rights of Venezuelans and doesn't do it, goes and talks about Human Rights in #Lebanon."

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

4 May 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate With Censorship Requests on Offensive and ‘Fake’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Vietnam makes a deal with Facebook, beef controversy leads to online harassment in India and French authorities push to globalize ‘right to be forgotten’.

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

3 May 2017

Salt Water Challenge, Skipping Meals and #DignityStrike: Palestinians Show Solidarity With Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Prisoners are demanding an end to solitary confinement, arrest and detention without trial known as administrative arrest, and medical negligence, as well as the improvement of conditions within the prison.

‘We Are Not Slaves, We Want Our Rights': Lebanon's Migrant Domestic Workers March on Labour Day

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers and Lebanese activists took to the streets on Labour Day to protest against Lebanon's notorious Kafala system and for justice.

For Opponents, WHO Director General Nominee Tedros Adhanom Represents Ethiopia's Repressive Government

Ethiopians who feel marginalized by their country's government are campaigning hard against him online.

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