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· September, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from September, 2016

23 September 2016

Poles Dress in Black to Protest Legislation That Would Mean a Near Total Ban on Abortions

Thousands of Poles share photos of themselves dressed in black to protest against legislation that would criminalize almost all kinds of abortion and toughen the country's already severe anti-abortion laws.

22 September 2016

Why Aren't We Talking About Mexican Prisons?

Mexican prisons are an example of inequality in the country. We look at prison facilities and the impact the implementation of the New Penal Justice System will have on them.

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

20 September 2016

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech

Advox

Wary of an Arab-Spring like uprising within its borders, the UAE government launched an unprecedented crackdown on critics and activists.

19 September 2016

Are There Prospects for Peace and Stability in South Sudan?

"It is time for both #SouthSudan president Salva Kiir and former VP Riek Machar who have ruined their country to both step down"

18 September 2016

Why Do So Many Eritreans Risk Their Lives Fleeing the Country?

"Eritrea is an authoritarian state. There is no independent justice system, no parliament, no democratic institutions to speak of. "

16 September 2016

Parents’ Group in Greece Says No to Integrating Refugee Children in Schools

Members of a parents' group are protesting the Greek government's decision to integrate more than 15,000 children from refugee and migrant families into the national education system.

15 September 2016

Skopje Authorities Bulldoze Roma Families’ Homes, Then Ignore Their Plight

"Without electricity, water supply or sewage, with high risk from infectious diseases due to the floods and lack of minimal hygiene conditions, they dread the coming of winter."

A Former Street Child in Mumbai Builds a Cafe-Cum-Library for Homeless Youth

"I sold books for nearly three years to collect funds to set up this cafe. We will always be open to street children and never reject their entry..."

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

Advox

Ghanaian president John Mahama has assured the nation that social media will not be shut down during elections due to take place on December 7.

14 September 2016

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."

13 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Disturbing the Peace

This week, we take you to Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, India and Brazil.

11 September 2016

Egyptian Mothers Take On Female Genital Mutilation, Pinning Hopes on Younger Generations

Mothers are leading the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt, pinning their hopes on younger and future generations.

Commemorating Biljana Garvanlieva, a Macedonian Filmmaker Who Gave Voice to Marginalized Women

"As an engaged documentary author my motivation is to break the existing image about women in Macedonia."

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Advox

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

9 September 2016

Remembering Some of Afghanistan's Brightest Lights, Killed in the Attack on a Renowned Kabul University

“I will keep my wings open, my music loud; no matter how much you keep me in the dark. Hello! Do you hear me? I am Afghanistan.”

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Advox

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Advox

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

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