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Stories about Human Rights

Thai LGBTQ+ activists and pro-democracy protesters march together for equality

In Bangkok, LGBTQ activists join ranks with democracy protestors join to demand gender and marriage equality as well as political reforms of the monarchy.

The victims of forced sterilizations in Peru continue to demand justice

The violation of the bodies and lives of women sterilized against their will and the delays in delivering justice mark Peru as a perpetrator of human rights violations.

Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh raises scrutiny of Israel's arms sales to Azerbaijan

Israeli-produced weaponry gave Azerbaijan a key advantage over Armenia in the latest war over Nagorno-Karabakh. But for some human rights activists in Israel, that's not a matter of pride.

A Hong Kong reporter's account of the crackdown on press freedom under the national security law

"What we are facing now is not just the survival of Apple Daily but the whole independent media sector."

Hong Kong’s opposition resigns en masse following unprecedented Beijing ruling

The new directive allows the Hong Kong government to unseat elected lawmakers deemed unpatriotic.

European Court of Human Rights verdict vindicates Macedonian columnist convicted of defamation in 2010

"This verdict is important for Macedonian journalists, columnists, and overall, for the people that appear in public, as it encourages them to be principled, honest, brave and persistent."

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part II

Weaponizing digital blackouts or social media clamp down by Algeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania is an ominous sign of a deeply problematic system of governance. 

Shutdowns, throttling and stifling dissent online: Africa’s new normal, Part I

African governments are using school examinations and politically charged moments as an excuse to effect digital blackouts or clamp down on social media. 

Bullets, blood and death: The untold story of what happened at Lekki Toll Gate in Nigeria, Part I

“Why is [Lagos State Governor] Sanwo-Olu denying? Immediately after [the Lekki shooting], Sanwo-Olu came, parked at the toll gate. He saw dead bodies on the ground. Why is he denying?” 

Bullets, blood and death: The untold story of what happened at Lekki Toll Gate in Nigeria, Part II

Nicholas Okpe, an active #EndSARS protester, wore a patch on his right chest where a bullet pierced him. The bullet was still lodged in Okpe’s chest.

Myanmar candidates and parties turn to religious nationalism ahead of elections

Major political parties in Myanmar are resorting to Buddhist populism despite race and religion-based campaigning being prohibited under electoral regulations.

October – A bleak month for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

This article offers a snapshot of challenges to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka during the month of October, 2020.

Rohingya denied of the right to vote in Myanmar, again

"As citizens of Myanmar, we hold the right to vote. The Myanmar government has stripped us of our citizenship and ability to participate in political life."

One young man's protest against Nepal's COVID-19 response

Nepalese activist Iih founded a social movement, went on hunger strikes, and walked 167 km to draw attention to Nepal's poor pandemic response -- as well as help those impacted...

A new magazine tells chilling stories from Russia's remote regions

Over the year since it was founded, the award-winning Holod Media has captivated Russian audiences with its longform stories on inequality and injustice in regions poorly covered by federal media.

Hong Kong police to launch hotline for public to report violations of the national security law

The new development indicates that the NSL will likely not target "a small number" of individuals, as Carrie Lam once promised, but surveil Hong Kong residents on a massive scale.

Tanzanian poll is likely to usher in a new era of authoritarianism. Here's why.

"Any resemblance that Tanzania has borne to a liberal democracy seems to be slipping away. Not only is the apparent scale of election manipulation unprecedented," writes Dan Paget.

Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia unable to vote

Ethnic Georgians living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia won’t be able to vote in Georgia's October 31 parliamentary elections. Georgia's government has no plan to protect these citizens’ right to...

Myanmar general election violence on the rise as November vote nears

Several election-related incidents of intimidation and physical attacks were reported in many townships ahead of the November 8 election.

Silencing the media won't stop the student-led protests in Thailand

"...while protesters rely mainly on media and other forms of communication to mobilize, these organizations have nothing to do with the students’ communication, coordination, and management of the protests."

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