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· June, 2017

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2017

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

Advox

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections

"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Advox

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

The Bridge

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

18 June 2017

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

Advox

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

17 June 2017

Years After Marriage, Indian Women Dare to Say Their Husbands’ Names for the First Time

Community correspondent Rohini Pawar shares how women in Walhe village in Pune district, Maharashtra, are breaking away from patriarchal cultural practices.

Protests Break Out Across Idlib Against Syria's Al Qaeda Branch

"The Syrian revolution ongoing to topple every tyrant"

Japan's Controversial Anticonspiracy Bill Becomes Law

"It's possible that the law, which is intended to deal with organized crime groups, will expand to affect ordinary citizens."

A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

The Bridge

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

15 June 2017

One Woman Is Behind the Most Up-to-Date Interactive Map of Femicides in Mexico

She goes by the pseudonym "Princesa." And her motivation is to name every single one of the women so that they are not forgotten.

Netizen Report: China Has a New Cybersecurity Law

Advox

Online censorship keeps rising in Egypt, Rouhani’s ICT Minister brags of Internet censorship in Iran and Venezuela tests the boundaries of online anonymity.

#FreeNassar: Palestinian Authority Arrests a Student Over a Facebook Post

Advox

Nassar Jaradat criticized a Palestinian official who stated that the Western Wall should “remain under Israeli sovereignty".

No Limited Abilities: Meet Georgia's Paralympians

"I feel most proud of the 2017 Tbilisi championships where both olympians and paralympians participated - I managed to get second place."

14 June 2017

How Much Money Did Macedonian Railways Make From the 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis?

"There were days when over 10,000 human beings would cross the border, and everyone (except small children) had to buy the tickets...Where are the money gone, you f*cking thieves?!"

13 June 2017

How a Case of Vigilante Tattoo Punishment Showcases Skepticism of Human Rights in Brazil

Two men tattooed "thief" and "scum" on a teen's forehead, thinking he had stolen a bicycle. The teen later told police he hadn't, but social media took the vigilantes' side.

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan

The Bridge

"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

Child Marriage Is No More in Trinidad & Tobago

"It was overlong and full of pointless double talk but you know what [...] child marriage is now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago."

Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service Issues a ‘Death Penalty’ Calendar

RuNet Echo

The calendar, entitled "The Highest Means of Social Justice," features a different means of administering the death penalty each month.

11 June 2017

Palestinian Man Documents the Perils of Living Under Occupation on Snapchat

"In all honestly, I pity the Israeli forces more than I despise them."

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