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· August, 2017

Stories about Human Rights from August, 2017

18 August 2017

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Advox

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

Advox

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania

President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.

16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Advox

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

Advox

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

8 August 2017

Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village

The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.

7 August 2017

Secular Voices in the Balkan States Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

“Why do they call it ‘religious science’ when it’s not a science, but a subject about beliefs. So it needs to be called ‘religious beliefs’.”

Despite Pressure From China, Taiwan Finds Ways to Participate on the World Stage

"‘The world’ is not the world outside the window. ‘The world’ is the water in a fish tank, and we are all fish in this tank."

6 August 2017

‘They Can't Stop Us’ — World Mourns Execution of Palestinian-Syrian Activist Bassel Khartabil Safadi by the Assad Regime

"This is a loss for Syria. This is loss for Palestine. This is my loss." - Noura Ghazi Safadi

How an Indian Village in West Bengal Successfully Campaigned to Get Its Own Ambulance Service

Many risked their lives due to the lack of an affordable ambulance service in a village in West Bengal, but things turned around when Bikash Barman made a video.

A Retired Teacher and Granddaughter of Slaves Gives Her Personal Account of Racism in Modern Brazil

Diva Guimarães asked for the microphone during a literature festival and recounted her experience with how Brazil treats the black population. Video of her talk went viral.

Guinean Filmmaker Paul Théa Speaks About His ‘Slave Route’ Project

"We are the first to propose a museum about slavery in Guinea, and to include the story of the slaves in South Carolina," says the filmmaker.

5 August 2017

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

Advox

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

4 August 2017

What Once Was the Main Slave Port in the Americas Is Now a World Heritage Site

The recognition forces Brazil to acknowledge a period of its history that it still struggles to fully confront.

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

Advox

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

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