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· November, 2009

Stories about Human Rights from November, 2009

Uzbekistan: Authorities Free Sanjar Umarov

Noah Tucker reports that Sanjar Umarov, one of the most famous political prisoner in Uzbekistan, earlier charged with tax evasion and embezzlement after founding an opposition party in 2005, has...

Qatar: Cartoon of maid abusing child raises ire

A cartoon published in a local paper in Qatar depicting a crazed maid abusing a child has raised the ire of Doha bloggers, many of whom are condemning the possible...

China and Japan: Feng Zhenghu at Narita airport

Shanghai human rights activist Feng Zhenhu has been living and waiting in the hall of Japan's Narita airport since November 4 when he was barred from entering his own country...

Poland: Catholics Propose Adding Cross to National Emblem

Sylwia Presley reviews the reactions of Polish bloggers to a recent proposal by a Polish Catholic group to include the symbol of the cross in the national coat of arms.

Barbados, Guyana: Doctor Complicit?

Barbados Underground suggests that the doctor who examined the minor brutalised by Guyana police “was complicit in the torture…the concealment of a crime against humanity and…he possibly committed obstruction of...

Poland: Online Campaigning for the Rights of Employees

Sylwia Presley writes about the plight of and online campaigning by a group Polish citizens who work for IKEA via another, smaller, company called Solid Security: they claim to be...

Russia: Local Authorities Slow Broadband Development

On November 10, activists held a rally calling for broadband Internet and protesting against Internet provider monopoly in the township of Kraskovo (Moscow region, 10 km from the Moscow beltroad)....

Maldives: Tolerance

Jadulla Jameel at Madulu Blog comments: “In Maldivian society, as in rest of the world we need more tolerance and respect towards each other. Then and only then, we will...

Puerto Rico: Hate Crime Against Gay Teenager Causes Outrage

A horrendous murder has been committed against a gay teenager in Puerto Rico. The LGBT community has demanded that the crime be prosecuted under the Hate Crime Law. Bloggers react...

Brazil: Do banks have metal or melanin detector doors?

Most banks in Brazil use revolving doors with metal detectors. But are they being used as an excuse to discriminate against people? A citizen media video reveals at least one...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Questions for Obama

Cuba's Generation Y sends a questionnaire to U.S. President Obama “with some of the issues that keep [her] from sleeping” and publishes his responses.

Palestine: Twitter Reports Say Israel Bombing Rafah & Khan Yunis

During Israel's attacks on Gaza in January 2009, bloggers and Twitter users took the place of the media, which had been banned from entering, reporting on each event well before...

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Deported

Aminatou Haidar is a leading activist for independence of the Western Sahara (from Morocco). On Friday, November 13 when, upon returning to Laayoune (a city in the Western Sahara region),...

Cuba: Courting Change

“There are a good number of ministers still under sixty, but the largest share of power is concentrated in the hands of septuagenarians and octogenarians”: Cuba's Generation Y suggests these...

China: Release Zhao Lianhai, the Father of the Kidney Stone Babies

C.A Yeung translated a petition signed by more than a hundred Chinese netizen demanding the Beijing police to release Zhao Lianhai, a famous rights activist and the founder of an...

Cameroon: Southern Cameroon vs. La Republique du Cameroun

Cameroonian blogger Dibussi Tande discusses the ruling of the African Commission on Human Rights in Southern Cameroons vs. La Republique du Cameroun.

Cameroon: On Catholicism, abortion and homosexuality

Rosemary Ekosso discusses the politics of abortion and homosexuality in Cameroon: “As a woman, I have learnt by trial and error (mostly error) not to believe automatically what large groups...

Barbados, Jamaica: The Politics of Homosexuality

“In Barbados we have a long way to go regarding how as a country we want to deal with the issue of homosexuality”: Barbados Underground says “it would be unfortunate...

Namibia: Justice wanted in forced sterilisation case

Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) wants justice for women whose rights have been violated as a result of forced sterilisation.

Czech Republic, Slovakia: Velvet Revolution, 20 Years On

On Nov. 17, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, and The Czech Daily Word lists “most frequent stupid arguments and errors” of...

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