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Stories about Human Rights

Little chance of justice for Colombia's murdered journalists

Only one out of 161 murders of journalists resulted in a conviction of all perpetrators.

Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

"This verdict is a message that makes those who have constructive ideas or criticisms in relation to social issues be fearful and hesitant and will limit their freedom of expression."

Earth Defenders Toolkit launched to help communities navigate digital tools for defending environmental rights

Launched in July 2021, the toolkit aims to enable grassroots environmental protection communities to find and use the resources most helpful to them without seeding their dependence on external support.

Protestors call for the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister Gen Prayut

Since last year, protestors have been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Gen Prayut who came to power through a coup in 2014.

Cambodia’s China-funded mega dam linked to rights abuses and loss of fisheries

"Today, everything the dammed-up rivers provided – food, water, an income from fishing – is gone."

The plight of Afghan women under the new Taliban regime 

With the Taliban taking control of Kabul, women in Afghanistan are faced with the bleak prospect of a return to a society that denies their rights.

Space for peaceful protests is vanishing in Hong Kong as pro-democracy coalition is disbanded

Throughout its tenure, the umbrella organization frequently hosted major mass rallies in Hong Kong, including the 2019 anti-China extradition protests.

Anti-immigrant sentiment leads to violence in Turkey

A mob ransacked and vandalized stores, homes, and cars belonging to Syrian immigrants in Ankara's Altindag neighborhood.

Japan's ‘Battleship Island’ hides history of wartime forced labor

"Very little of Japan's history of industrialization presented at their new UNESCO Heritage sites is true."

LIVE on August 25 (in Spanish): How COVID-19 fueled the protests in Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia

From Cuba to Colombia to Guatemala—countries with very different political contexts—people have taken to streets in recent times to demand change. What do these countries have in common?

With attacks on Ukrainian activists on the rise, civic pressure is key to ensuring justice

Harassment and attacks against civic activists in Ukraine are on the rise, say human rights defenders. Anti-corruption work, environmentalism, and LGBT rights remain the most dangerous spheres of activism.

The Chinese government drives support among ambassadors of Muslim countries for the Uyghur genocide

Ignoring data collected over the years by activists and testimonies by former inmates of Xinjiang "re-education camps," ambassadors from Muslim countries peddled the official Chinese line during a staged interview.

An eight-year-old boy is the youngest person ever accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s history

An eight-year-old Hindu boy has become the youngest person ever to be charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws after he intentionally urinated in an Islamic religious school library.

After Dutch Literary Prize winner says Suriname ‘needed’ former president Bouterse, organisers cancel her award ceremony

In 2019, Dési Bouterse, who first came to power in a coup, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted for the execution 15 dissidents in 1982.

Supporting witnesses: First step towards ending impunity for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"What is often overlooked is the most important precursor to ending impunity: a secure environment in which survivors can testify, free from intimidation, severe retraumatization, and threats of physical harm."

Déjà vu as bauxite company pollutes an iconic Jamaican river, yet again

"The repeated nature of these offences suggests a lack of respect for Jamaica’s environmental laws and regulations and the human rights of those who have been negatively affected."

Bhutan's COVID-19 vaccination success a “beacon of hope” for South Asia

Bhutan has even been able to help other countries, sending 230,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal.

Queer resilience and activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Since the 2019 Pride March, queer activists have observed a changing political, legal, and social environment, and have achieved some key successes."

#FreeRebecca: Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of Cameroon’s tech leader Rebecca Enonchong

Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa demands the unconditional release of Rebecca Enonchong from detention.

Thailand protests against pandemic mismanagement met with police violence

Protesters have three demands: The resignation of the prime minister, the reallocation of the budget for the monarchy and military to COVID-19 assistance, and replacement of Sinovac with mRNA vaccines.

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