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Stories about Human Rights

7 September 2017

Outside Venezuela: Into the Deep Podcast

Two Venezuelan women who left their country at different times for different reasons. This is their story.

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

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.

Yes, Racism Among the US Latino Community Against African-Americans Does Exist

"Conversations have been going on for more than 50 years...This topic involves political, spiritual and cultural aspects."

6 September 2017

Simon Ateba Is Not Ahmed Abba, but He Too Has Experienced Persecution as a Journalist in Cameroon

Media outlets, including Global Voices, have mistakenly identified a photo of Simon Ateba as Ahmed Abba. Both are journalists whose reporting on Boko Haram got them into trouble in Cameroon.

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Global Voices Advocacy

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

A Year After Newspaper Ban, Independent Media Remain Under Siege in Oman

Global Voices Advocacy

Azamn newspaper was banned over a report on interference with the independence of the judiciary. One of its journalists remains in prison.

Scenes From the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border, Where Rohingya Refugees Are Seeking Refuge From Violence

"...at least few more hours of walk[ing] before they can rest and maybe one kind villager will show up and offer them some food and some water."

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Global Voices Advocacy

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

Macedonia's Former Ruling Party Accused of Inflaming Xenophobia Ahead of Local Elections

The anti-migrant campaign incites fear among the local population which is believed to be intended to mobilize support for the dwindling political base of the former ruling party.

5 September 2017

Mayan Muslims of Mexico Are Redefining Indigenous Identity

"Indigenous people are not merely empty shells for foreign ideologies to be planted on, but masters and directors of their own story."

Jamaica’s New Anti-Crime Strategy Gets a Cautious Thumbs up, at Least for Now

Jamaicans are fed up with the rise in violent crime, prompting the government to pass legislation designating special zones in which security forces have additional powers to curb crime.

4 September 2017

Were the Dozens of Civilians Killed in Recent Airstrikes Victims of Trump's New Afghan Strategy?

The UN has recorded a 43 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by aerial operations during the first six months of 2017.

Local Groups Warn Suicide Is on the Rise Among Iran's Impoverished Arab Ahwazi Community

Ahwazi Arabs experience systematic discrimination in Iran. "There are people who have had to change their first and last name...to hide their Ahwazi Arab identity to get hired."

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

The enemies of Turkey's authoritarian government are everywhere and state propaganda is taking on an increasingly absurd hue.

31 August 2017

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

Global Voices Advocacy

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech

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.

‘Massacre’ of Suspected Gang Members Has Mozambicans Asking: What's the Role of Police?

Police maintained their intention was "to neutralize" the men, who died in a shootout. Some Mozambicans were quick to say police shouldn't be in the business of killing people.

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

An Indian Transgender Couple Receives Death Threats After Announcing Plans to Marry and Adopt

"We too have the same rights to live in this world, as you all are having...We aren't disturbing anyone else. In fact, we've to fight a lot to survive itself."

29 August 2017

Thousands of Rohingyas Fleeing Violence Are Stranded on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

"Desperate scenes at Bangladesh's border as Border Guard try to prevent entry to fleeing #Rohingya"

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