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· January, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2016

22 January 2016

Can Our Children Be Safe? Pakistanis Ask After University Attack

"This is going to be a test.. a harsh one.. comparisons will be drawn.. you can't have winners when children have been snatched from parents"

21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

You Don't Know Noise, If You Don't Know Trinidad and Tobago

From unbearably loud music to illegal fireworks, one civic-minded social media user in Trinidad and Tobago is taking on the "noise polluters who yearly get away with decibel crime".

20 January 2016

A Venezuelan Digital Artist Defends LGBT Rights Despite Social and Political Censorship

Who's behind censorship and why? What happens when old social norms around gender are questioned? Danial Arzola, creator of the campaign 'I'm not a joke', answers these and other questions.

A Tragic Suicide at a University Puts the Spotlight on Discrimination Against Dalits in India

"What happened with #RohitVemula should not happen with anyone. We can't progress until every citizen of India has equal rights!"

On Criticising Charlie Hebdo on Facebook, and the Perils of Selective Freedom of Speech

The Bridge

Did Facebook remove Efe Levent's post because he used the term "cracker"?

16 January 2016

Let's Not Forget There Are Still Political Prisoners in Iran

“If this release signals Iran’s desire for international reconciliation, so too it must move forward with national reconciliation.”

15 January 2016

An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse

The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.

13 January 2016

Netizen Report: Keeping the Spotlight on Syria’s Independent Media

Advox

As protests continue in Ethiopia, Bahrain is contracting for new Internet filtering tools. Meanwhile, another Ecuadorean politician faces jail time for critical tweeting.

12 January 2016

Saudi Arabia Arrests Samar Badawi for Tweeting on Behalf of Her Jailed Husband

Advox

Saudi Arabia arrested human rights activist Samar Badawi today allegedly for tweeting on behalf of her jailed husband, prominent human rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair.

11 January 2016

Who Protects the Rights of Russian Internet Users? Not These Guys.

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.

It's David v. Goliath, as Citizens of ‘Europe's Greenest’ Region Take On an Italian Energy Giant

The Bridge

Italian energy giant Terna SpA slaps an activist with a 16 million-euro lawsuit as it pushes forward a mega-project in Abruzzo—"Europe's lungs". Which will triumph: business or socio-environmental dissent?

10 January 2016

‘Russian Ebola': Civic Project Tracks Russians’ Deaths in Police Custody

RuNet Echo

Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.

7 January 2016

Japan and South Korea's Historic ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Angers Surviving Victims

The Imperial Japanese Army forced women from across Asia forced into sexual slavery during WWII. The surviving victims and some right-wing Japanese politicians weren't on board with this agreement.

Street Art Urges Hong Kongers Not to Turn a Blind Eye to Missing Booksellers

“We cannot and should not turn a blind eye to this. Normal daily life is not normal any more.”

6 January 2016

Pakistanis Weigh In on Saudi Arabia and Iran's Diplomatic Break-Up

"In the Iran vs Saudi debate we should side with New Zealand. Be as far away from it as possible."

5 January 2016

Online Cultural Hub ‘Voces Étnicas’ Seeks to Revitalize Indigenous Customs in Mexico

Voces Étnicas is a platform that promotes the traditions and practices of Mexico's indigenous nations and communities through video, memes and an online library of legends, poems and stories.

An Indigenous Toddler Was Murdered in Cold Blood, but Brazil Barely Took Notice

A day before New Year’s Eve, an indigenous woman was breastfeeding her 2-year-old son when a man killed the child. The murder did not get attention in Brazil.

Inside Ethiopia's Self-Defeating Crackdown on Oromo Musicians

As government threatens and arrests Oromo artists while booting them off the airwaves, growing numbers are turning to the internet as their only avenue for self-expression.

Starving to Death: Images from Madaya, Syria, You Don't Want to See

Harrowing photographs of residents of Madaya, Syria, are making the rounds online, drawing attention to the plight of its 40,000 residents who are facing starvation and a slow death.