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Stories about Human Rights

23 April 2016

How Ukraine Is Dealing With the European Refugee Crisis

RuNet Echo

While Ukrainian officials and right-wing activists use the refugee crisis to win political points and shape public opinion, the Middle Eastern refugees themselves aren't exactly flocking to settle in Ukraine.

Pressure Mounts on Gambia’s President Over Worsening Human Rights Situation

Unhappiness at President Jammeh's 22-year rule is growing every day and the opposition is under huge pressure.

22 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

Marriage Equality Is Now Accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court, but Still Not by All Colombians

"I respect other people's beliefs. You need to learn to respect those who think differently. Do you pray with that kind of language?"

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

#NakedProtest Draws Attention to Rape Culture at South Africa's Rhodes University

"why does a woman willingly showing her skin offend you, but violence committed against her doesn't? #nakedprotest"

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

21 April 2016

Iranian Journalist Omid Memarian: ‘Turning Explosive Anger Into Something Constructive Is an Art’

The Bridge

"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."

20 April 2016

Pakistan Deploys Tanks Against Military Farm Tenants Protesting Peasant Leaders’ Arrests

"Stop using anti-terror policies to quash the voices of peaceful and unarmed peasant protesters #PeasantsNotTerrorists #FreeOkara5"

New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them

Global Voices Advocacy

Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.

19 April 2016

Protests in Macedonia Gain Momentum as New Round of Political Negotiations Is Announced

Tens of thousands of Macedonians have gathered in the streets since the president announced his decision to pardon government officials accused of corruption and abuses of power from prosecution.

Child Abuse in Turkey a ‘Serious Reality’ Silenced by Stigma

Abused children "may choose silence if they doubt they will be believed," child psychologist Cemre Soysal told Global Voices.

Australian Leaders Keep Unspoken Vow of Silence on China's Human Rights Record

"Leaders don't seem to have an issue with criticising countries like Iran, so why dance around China ????"

18 April 2016

Dissidents Worry #TwitterisDead After Company Hires Former Chinese Military Officer

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a severe threat to the Chinese struggling for free speech."

17 April 2016

Jamaicans Aren't Feeling the Neighbourly Love From Trinidad and Tobago's Airport Border Control

There is supposed to be free movement of CARICOM nationals throughout the region, but Jamaicans keep getting denied entry -- particularly in Trinidad.

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

16 April 2016

The Mexican Government's Favourite Contractor Displaces Indigenous People to Build a Motorway

"It's not fair how they are walking all over us", claim the people from Xochicuautla. "They are destroying my house, my home, my livelihood, without so much as a warning."

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Global Voices Advocacy

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

#FreeShawkan: After 900 Days in Jail, Egyptian Photographer Finally Faces Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

"I look around and I am left with the reality of four ugly windowless walls and a never ending dream of freedom."

‘Without Justice, There's No Peace!': Macedonians March Against President's Pardon for Politicians Under Investigation

Several people were injured and a dozen arrested in protests against President Ivanov's amnesty for top politicians allegedly involved in corruption and misuse of power.

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