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· June, 2015

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2015

Long After the African Union’s Golden Jubilee: A Letter to Jailed Blogger Natnael Feleke

"I think of your particular fate and wonder how any of us who are free continue to go about our lives as if there’s nothing to lose."

Singaporean Teenage Video Blogger Sent to ‘Rehabilitation’ For Offensive YouTube Video

According to Amnesty International, the 16-year old Amos Yee is the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world today.

Talking About Sexual Violence Against Women in Bangladesh, One Blog at a Time

After the country's New Year's celebrations were multiple sexual assaults, women opened up as part of a special Women's Week of Blogging campaign about their experiences with sexual violence.

Kenyan Blogger Bogonko Bosire is Still Missing, Nearly Two Years After His Disappearance

Controversial Kenyan blogger Bogonko Bosire went missing two years ago. Kenyans have revived his search with the hashtag #WhereIsBogonkoBosire.

Abortion in Chile, a Clandestine Choice

There are few topics in Chile as controversial as abortion, which is prohibited in the country under one of the most restrictive laws in the world.

The Deaths of Four Siblings Shines a Harsh Light on China's 60 Million ‘Left-Behind’ Children

"How can CCTV deny [the government’s] responsibility? Isn't society accountable for four children choosing suicide by drinking pesticide?"

Jailed Cartoonist Atena Faraghdani's Lawyer is Arrested for Shaking Her Hand

Evicted Indigenous Community in Kenya Claims World Bank Money Helped Burn Their Homes

Around the globe, forest dwellers, poor villagers and other vulnerable populations claim the World Bank -- most powerful development lender -- has left a trail of misery.

Pink Dot Rally for LGBT Rights Gathers 28,000 People in Singapore

"We believe everyone deserves the freedom to love, and the freedom to be themselves."

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Human Rights Activist Begins Hunger Strike for Migrants in Front of Macedonian Parliament

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.

Pakistani Digital Rights Advocate Nominated as TIME's Next Generation Leader

'If youth is speaking for a cause, they have the ability to bring change. They only have to be consistent.'

A Slave Girl Turned National Hero Joins High School in Pursuit of Higher Education

'There was a strange rule – the Kamlaris had to be ready to accept the abuse, but were not allowed to complain.'

Activists Claim the UK Government Has Sent Deported Pakistani Student Majid Ali to His Death

The recent deportation of a Pakistani student Majid Ali from Scotland sparked a debate among young students who are questioning why deport first and ask questions later?

Palestinian Hunger-Striker Khader Adnan Struggles for Freedom

Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan has entered his 40th day of hunger strike after nearly a year in an Israeli jail in the occupied West Bank.

Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Following a controversial statement by a spokesperson from Indonesia's Navy, various groups united to form "Solidaritas4Jopi," refuting speculation that Peranginangin's killer could have acted in self-defense.

Hong Kong Social Media Activists Under Fire as Key Electoral Policy Vote Approaches

Local legal experts suspect that authorities are exploiting Hong Kong's cybercrime laws in an effort to suppress political speech online.

Zambian Musician Charged Over Song Lampooning President Edgar Lungu

A musician has been taken to court for a song depicting the Zambian president, known for drinking habits, ascending to power with a suitcase full of Jameson whisky.

In a Music Video, Refugees Say Thanks to Brazil for Welcoming Them

There are 7,700 people from 81 countries with refugee status in the country, according to the Brazilian National Committee for Refugees.

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