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· February, 2015

Stories about Human Rights from February, 2015

20 February 2015

Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies

Advox

"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."

Video Project Documents the Life and Struggles of West Papuans

Rising Voices

"They are the stories behind the conflict: the struggles for education, the environment, equality, and dignity."

19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

President Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Summit Divides American Muslim Activists

America's "Counter Violent Extremism" policy is accused of heavily targeting Muslims.

#SaveSaman: A Final Effort to Save Iran's Saman Naseem from Execution

There has been an urgent call to action to stop the state execution of juvenile prisoner Saman Naseem, arrested at 17 years of age (now 22), for his membership in...

Argentina Creates Registry of Interpreters of Indigenous Languages

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

18 February 2015

Trolls Target Brazilian Woman After She Shares Her Traumatizing Rape Story on Facebook

Ten years after she was raped, Viviane Teves publicized her struggle to move on. Trolls got a hold of her phone number and began to harass her on WhatsApp.

17 February 2015

Bangladeshi Publisher Faces Death Threats Over Translation of Controversial Iranian Writer's Book

Riaz Khan pulled the Bangla translation of "23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad" after its publication sparked outrage from hardline religious groups, but the threats continue.

Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

16 February 2015

Turkey Mourns a Female Student's Brutal Death

News of the horrific murder of a female student last week opened up the discussion about gender-based violence in Turkey, and public anger came steaming out.

Egypt in Mourning Over Brutal Execution of 21 Coptic Christians by ‘ISIS in Libya’

Egyptians mourn the loss of 21 Coptic Christians after Libyan branch of ISIS posts gruesome video of their beheading.

14 February 2015

Teddy Bears Face Off with Police as Bahrain Marks its Fourth Anniversary of Anti-Regime Protests

Copycat teddy bears soon popped up across villages in Bahrain, and were placed at barricades put up by the protesters to protect themselves from police attacks.

Wave of Arrests in France for ‘Advocating Terrorism’ After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Advox

Over 100 criminal charges have been filed for "terrorism advocacy" since the attacks, occasionally against minors, oftentimes for reasons that have little to do with the true fight against terrorism.

Japan Needs Apartheid, Says Influential Conservative Author

Noted Japanese author and conservative political activist Ayako Sono advocated in a newspaper column that immigrants to Japan be separated by race and forced to live in special zones.

13 February 2015

The Western Hemisphere's Deadliest Country for Journalists

Advox

Mexico received the second lowest ranking (after Cuba) in the Americas on the World Press Freedom Index for in 2014.

Some Right-Wing Groups in India Have No Love for Valentine's Day This Year

Hindu Mahasabha says it will force couples making public displays of affection on Valentine's Day to marry, while Kalinga Sena plans to film couples and send the videos to parents.

12 February 2015

In Putin's Russia, a Retweet Can Lead to a Jail Term

RuNet Echo

Even a retweet of an image or a republished post may cost Russian citizens unfettered access to the Internet—and often, their freedom.

One Simple Infographic to Understand Political Repression in Thailand

Prachatai's infographic lists some of the ordinary activities the authorities have suppressed over the past nine months. The junta's paranoia runs deep.

11 February 2015

#Douma_Exterminated as the World Turns Its Back on Horrific Attacks on Ghouta in Syria

Over five days, Assad forces killed about 143 civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta province in Douma as the world watched in silence.

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