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· August, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from August, 2016

19 August 2016

‘When They Took Me Inside’ Syria's Saydnaya Prison, ‘I Could Smell the Torture’

A new report reveals the depth of the horrors happening inside Syria's most notorious torture prison, which one well-known Syrian dissident called "the most horrible place on earth".

18 August 2016

Snapchat Filters Allow Sexual Assault Survivors in India to Share Their Stories Anonymously

"Praise be to HT's mobile editor Yusuf Omar for turning a pointless innovation into a powerful upliftment tool."

17 August 2016

It's ‘No Mean Feat’ Being a Female Human Rights Activist in Timbuktu, Says Psychologist Fatoumata Harber

"We’ve got to make people aware of the reality: that the majority of people living in northern Mali are not in any way connected to these armed groups..."

‘Disappointed’ Activists Criticize India's ‘Iron Lady’ for Daring to End Her 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike

"They want me to remain a martyr forever. But I can’t always be a martyr."

16 August 2016

Global Voices Partners With India-Based Video Volunteers

With a focus on India, Video Volunteers trains disadvantaged citizens in video journalism and data gathering so they have a voice in media and can demand their rights.

Jalaur Mega Dam in the Philippines Threatens to Displace Indigenous Peoples in Panay Island

"The people who will be most affected by the project do not approve of the project."

15 August 2016

Will a Buenos Aires Subway Station Take the Name of a LGBTI Figurehead?

With #CarlosJáureguiStation" the Argentinian capital remembers the most important figure in the struggle of LGBTI rights 20 years after his death.

After Landmark Ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups Hope the Caribbean Tide Is Turning Towards LGBT Equality

"Good law always reflects common sense, and common sense has prevailed in Belize."

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

RuNet Echo

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

14 August 2016

Cairo's Rabaa Massacre: Three Years On, the Smell of Death Still Lingers

The Bridge

Three years have passed, but we refuse to forget the Rabaa Massacre.

A Viral Hit-and-Run CCTV Video Begs the Question: ‘Is Humanity Dead in Delhi'?

"Over 200 people callously walked past the hit & run victim, Matibool. One gave him a kick & stole his phone."

12 August 2016

Leaked Documents Reveal Scale of Abuse at Australia's Offshore Detention Centre in Nauru

Over two thousand leaked files reveal a pattern of sexual abuse, assault and self-harm in Australia's detention centre for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru.

In International Spotlight, China Convicts Human Right Lawyers and Activists on ‘Subversion’ Charges

The convicted men and women are all connected with the Beijing-based Fengrui law firm, which has a history of taking on politically controversial rights cases.

10 August 2016

Makandal Daaga, Leader of Trinidad & Tobago's Black Power Revolution, Remembered As ‘A Man Out for Change’

Netizens discuss the life and legacy of Makandal Daaga, who led the country's 1970 Black Power movement and became actively involved in the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ethiopian Authorities Killed 100 Protesters Over the Weekend

"I urge activists to focus on constructively helping the ongoing struggle aiming at creating free and fair Ethiopia that we are going to have sooner."

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

9 August 2016

In Hospital Bombing, Pakistan Lost a Whole Generation of Lawyers in Balochistan

"The number of junior lawyers, who are the sole bread winners of their homes and who are now unemployed runs into hundreds. Most of those who died were first-generation educated"

Technical Difficulties and Allegations of Corruption Leave Mexicans Concerned About New Transparency Agency

Advox

A malfunctioning platform a poorly received anti-sexting campaign and serious allegations of corruption tarnish the reputation of the office of transparency and privacy in Mexico.

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

7 August 2016

Afghanistan's Hazaras: ‘Do Not Eliminate Us!’

"Never can a bomb silence the voice for justice and equality."

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