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· August, 2013

Stories about Human Rights from August, 2013

20 August 2013

Iran: Jailed Blogger on Hunger Strike

School Teacher Becomes Target of Political Prosecution in Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing groups and the Hong Kong government are going after a school teacher who swore at police officers as they allowed a group of Falun Gong protesters to be harassed.

19 August 2013

30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka

Saudi Judge to Jailed Activist: You Need a Lawyer? Aren't You a Man?

Umar Al-Saeed is the youngest ACPRA member to face trial and imprisonment for his opinions and activism. He is in jail because he refused to be interrogated without a lawyer.

Kilombo Conference on Africa, Africans and Social Justice

PHOTO: Thousands Occupy Taiwan's Ministry of Interior and Paint Their Protest

Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App

The proposal is intended to monitor online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.

16 August 2013

Accused Nazi Concentration Camp Leader Dies Before Trial in Hungary

László Csizsik-Csatáry was the head of an internment camp for Jews in the city of Kosice, where he allegedly beat inmates with his bare hands.

PHOTO: Churches are Crying in Egypt

15 August 2013

Russian Police: Now Raiding Opposition Activists Without Warrants

RuNet Echo

Moscow police forced entry into a flat used by pro-Navalny activists, cutting down their reinforced door after they refused to let anyone in without a search warrant.

Serbians Fight for Government Funds to Treat Sick Children

Officials have killed a proposal that would have the government pay for Serbian children with terminal or rare diseases to get treatment outside of Serbia. Proponents continue the fight.

12 August 2013

Turkmenistan's “Book of the Soul” Facing Difficult Times

Turkmenistan's first president once suggested reading his "Book of the Soul" three times could guarantee a person's place in heaven. Now the book's place in public life is under siege.

11 August 2013

Sri Lanka: “We Asked for Water Tanks And They Sent Us War Tanks”

Soldiers called in to disperse the crowd protesting water contamination reportedly fired into the Church of St. Anthony as demonstrators sought shelter there.

10 August 2013

Is ‘Free Tibet Movement’ Dying?

‘Spirited Away’ Director Criticizes Plans to Amend Japan's Pacifist Constitution

Japan's ruling party wants to modify the constitution so the defense military can deploy overseas.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Fight Human Rights Organizations

Saudi Arabia has blocked the Adala Center for Human Rights from operating legally in the Kingdom. Other human rights organisations are not faring better.

Mauritanian Blogger Babbah Weld Abidine Arrested

Tunisia: Jailed Netizen Denied Eid Pardon

The announcement that Jabeur Mejri, imprisoned over the publication of content deemed offensive to Islam, was not granted presidential pardon was met with disappointment on the Tunisian twittersphere.