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· November, 2018

Stories about Human Rights from November, 2018

Tanzania's stance on homosexuality points to an increasingly repressive political agenda

Even if Tanzania sorts out its mixed messages on homosexuality and human rights — there are other challenges keeping the foreign affairs minister up at night.

Lebanese health practitioners condemn anti-LGBTQ+ “conversion therapy”

The group's HINAD campaign follows multiple reports of gay people being subjected to various forms of conversion therapy, and a urologist's 2017 call for electroshock therapy to be used.

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

Algerian TV network director files defamation case against independent journalists

"When we denounce corruption and favouritism, it’s an act of patriotism....we are an actor of stability, seeking to drive the country in the right direction".

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

Life after Manus: Talking to Iranian cartoonist Eaten Fish about life in and out of Australia's detention camps

"I had to steal papers from workers and it took me more than two years to send my drawings out. It is the only reason why I am still alive."

Volunteers chronicle the lives of murdered Colombian activists in words and drawings

"Postales para la memoria" (postcards for memory) is a collaborative project in which illustrators and writers volunteer to draw portraits and write short biographies of the murdered activists.

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

From football fans to bookworms: the many faces of Brazil's resistance

We have listed here a few of the Brazil headlines that didn't make it across to English-speaking media.

A project in Nepal is documenting and sharing testimonials from the 10-year armed conflict

A project is sharing video, audio and photo testimonials from around Nepal -- paying homage to the memory of survivors, victims, and affected families of the conflict.

A 15-year-old rape victim is the latest collateral damage of Duterte's drug war

Netizens say Duterte’s misogyny, rape jokes, and assurances to defend police and military in the course of anti-drug & counterinsurgency operations have normalized a macho culture of sexual abuse.

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

The Cop and the Showgirl, or how China's newest tool of repression targets the rich and powerful

The "liuzhi" detention law was introduced in May 2018. "Even the constitution now says that the liuzhi agency ranks higher than the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office."

Netizen Report: How WhatsApp (and $3 million) helped carry Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to victory

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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