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· November, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from November, 2016

Eastern Aleppo Health Director: Due to Systematic Attacks Against Hospitals, All Are Now Out of Service

As the Syrian regime and Russian government continue their assault on besieged Eastern Aleppo, the Aleppo Health Directorate announced that all remaining hospitals in Aleppo are out of service.

No Surprise: Backdoors and Spyware on Smartphones is the Norm in China

"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."

When Abe Met the Trumps

Japanese PM Abe was the first world leader to meet the US President-elect. While the meeting reportedly went well, not everyone in Japan is thrilled.

Sharing the Untold Stories of Child Abuse to Raise Awareness in Bangladesh

"She used to cry in fear seeing strangers, 'Uncle is coming, uncle is coming..' Her family thought she was possessed by Djinns."

Despite Suppression, Founder of Prize-winning Chinese Citizen Journalism Website Remains Optimistic

This post was written by Catherine Lai and originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on November 12, 2016. The version below is published on Global Voices under a partnership...

Netizen Report: Trump Win Triggers Safety and Surveillance Fears

US activists weather wave of post-election social media harassment, Ethiopia blocks Global Voices, and the UK finally passes the much-maligned Snoopers Charter.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

Omani Film Critic Sentenced to Jail Over Facebook Posts

"As long as there is a human being exploiting a human being, there are revolutionary dreams, and dreams make the future."

Puerto Ricans Consider a Future Under Governor Rosselló and President Trump

Human rights activists in Puerto Rico examine the potential consequences of conservative policies from President Donald Trump and Governor Ricardo Roselló.

UN Chiefs Chat Trump, Climate Change, Migration, and Water with Global Voices

Work tackling some of the world's most pressing issues should continue, regardless of the new US president-elect's positions on them.

Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Zone9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu Citing ‘State of Emergency’

Hailu was told that his arrest was prompted by the interview he gave for Voice of America's Amharic Service about Ethiopia's state of emergency.

Four Animated Videos That Advocate Religious Tolerance and Protection of Child Refugees in Myanmar

There have been intermittent clashes between Buddhist nationalists and Muslim minority groups in several communities, especially in the western part of Myanmar.

In Paraguay, Many of the Country's Poorest Girls Undergo Slavery Just to Receive an Education

Despite laws, a supposedly free educational system and agreements to protect children, many girls from Paraguay's poorest communities must submit themselves to "criadazgo" in order to access formal education.

Two Slain Youth Become Tragic Symbols of Ongoing Police Brutality in Sri Lanka

This post by Raisa Wickrematunge originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with...

Braving Crackdowns by India, These Young Kashmiri Volunteers Keep Neighbourhoods Safe

In the past three months, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Reserve Police have arrested around 7,000 people in the Kashmir Valley often at the dead of the night.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use

"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"

Nationalists and Populists in Serbia and Macedonia Celebrate Trump's Victory

Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections caused ecstatic reactions among right-wing politicians and their adherents in several Balkan countries, especially due to animosity towards the Clintons.

After Three Years, Thousands of Haiyan Survivors in the Philippines Are Still Homeless

"Instead of lightning fast assistance to the survivors, they were made to wait, even to beg for their survival."

Withdrawal of Large Currency Bank Notes Creates Panic in India

"Spare a thought for all the maids, drivers, too. They also get paid their salary in Rs500 notes. Hope the Govt has massive outreach program."

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