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Stories about Human Rights

11 September 2016

Commemorating Biljana Garvanlieva, a Macedonian Filmmaker Who Gave Voice to Marginalized Women

"As an engaged documentary author my motivation is to break the existing image about women in Macedonia."

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Global Voices Advocacy

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

9 September 2016

Remembering Some of Afghanistan's Brightest Lights, Killed in the Attack on a Renowned Kabul University

“I will keep my wings open, my music loud; no matter how much you keep me in the dark. Hello! Do you hear me? I am Afghanistan.”

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

Filipino Fishers Living in a Scenic Cove Fight to Save Their Homes From Demolition and Land Grabbing

"Our forefathers have been here, 150 years ago. They were the ones who cleared the area. Now a giant developer wants us to leave the land where we grew up."

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor

One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.

7 September 2016

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

5 September 2016

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Global Voices Advocacy

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

4 September 2016

Jailed Iranian Nuclear Scientist Tweets About His New Conditional Freedom

After five years of imprisonment, Twitter -- the online platform that led his freedom campaign -- was how nuclear scientist Omid Kokabee first communicated with the world after his release.

Hundreds of Thousands Join Saudi Women-Led Campaign to End Male Guardianship in the Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of online users have joined a Saudi women-lead campaign to end male guardianship in the kingdom.

A Poor Indian Farmer Carrying His Dead Wife Becomes the Symbol of an Inefficient Health System

"We live in a country where a journalist didn't help a poor man carry his wife's dead body to his home so that he could make [...] news on it."

3 September 2016

Staring Down the Barrel of a Pellet Gun Is Making Kashmir Blind

The brutal use of pellet guns in the unrest over a decades-long dispute over India and Pakistan's claims to Indian-administrated Kashmir sparks an awareness campaign that is just as controversial.

2 September 2016

Campaign: Anonymity Defends Us — So Let's Defend Anonymity

Global Voices Advocacy

Anonymity helps protect freedom of expression, the right to assemble, the right to social protest, and the right to seek information and help. So let's defend anonymity!

After Two Months on Hunger Strike, Jailed Algerian Journalist Enters Coma

Global Voices Advocacy

Mohamad Tamalt went on hunger strike on 27 June to protest his arrest and imprisonment. He is in jail for insulting the Algerian President online.

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

26 Years After the End of the Lebanese Civil War, Families of the Disappeared Still Demand Justice

"We have been calling on the Lebanese state... to dig up mass graves and reveal the fate of my brother and many others, but our state has done absolutely nothing."

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