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Stories about Human Rights

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

21 November 2018

Tokyo Immigration Bureau accidentally highlights the plight of refugees in Japan

To critics, the pinned tweet wasn't about graffiti at all, but was instead a reaction to criticism of how the immigration body treats refugees, undocumented workers and others in detention.

20 November 2018

Welcome to the ‘New Turkey': Five years after Gezi park, protesters face new threats of arrest

Advox

What seemed like a spike in repression against civil society advocates and intellectuals may actually be the new normal.

How negligence helped the Taliban plunge one of Afghanistan's last peaceful regions into chaos

Local sources in Malistan and Jaghori told Global Voices that F-16s flew over the skies for days without intervening.

18 November 2018

‘I am prepared to go to jail': Founder of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement offers hope ahead of trial

"I am prepared to go to jail… So long as we are not crushed by the trial and the prison sentence...then we will come out stronger."

16 November 2018

Saudi Arabia's execution of another migrant worker angers Indonesians and strains an already fraught diplomatic relationship

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 103 Indonesians were handed death sentences in Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2018.

Guyana's transgender community celebrates the overturning of an archaic cross-dressing law

Activists called the ruling “a clarion call to engage state actors on how the law engenders social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged groups”.

15 November 2018

Netizen Report: Tanzania’s crackdown on free speech targets media advocates from CPJ

Advox

Committee to Protect Journalists staffers were detained in Tanzania, China is flagging fake news on Weibo and activists across Africa face arrest on defamation charges.

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

12 November 2018

Mauritania keeps anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in prison — and far away from parliament

Biram Dah Abeid, who is also an elected government official, is accused of slandering and threatening a journalist with close ties to the Mauritanian government.

Tanzania's stance on homosexuality points to an increasingly repressive political agenda

Even if Tanzania sorts out its mixed messages on homosexuality and human rights — there are other challenges keeping the foreign affairs minister up at night.

Lebanese health practitioners condemn anti-LGBTQ+ “conversion therapy”

The group's HINAD campaign follows multiple reports of gay people being subjected to various forms of conversion therapy, and a urologist's 2017 call for electroshock therapy to be used.

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

The Bridge

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

9 November 2018

Algerian TV network director files defamation case against independent journalists

Advox

"When we denounce corruption and favouritism, it’s an act of patriotism....we are an actor of stability, seeking to drive the country in the right direction".

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Advox

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

8 November 2018

Life after Manus: Talking to Iranian cartoonist Eaten Fish about life in and out of Australia's detention camps

"I had to steal papers from workers and it took me more than two years to send my drawings out. It is the only reason why I am still alive."

7 November 2018

Volunteers chronicle the lives of murdered Colombian activists in words and drawings

"Postales para la memoria" (postcards for memory) is a collaborative project in which illustrators and writers volunteer to draw portraits and write short biographies of the murdered activists.

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The Bridge

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

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