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· February, 2019

Stories about Human Rights from February, 2019

12 February 2019

As India's elections draw near, right-wing leader is arrested for shooting Mahatma Gandhi's effigy

A right-wing leader creates controversy after shooting effigy of Gandhi to celebrate the leader's assassination.

Nigeria's presidential elections — a test for democracy in Africa

"If the upcoming presidential election in Africa’s most populous country are free, fair and credible, it sets a strong example for the continent’s other democracies."

Decorated army major accused of “beating youth” in Kashmir

Controversy after decorated Indian army major accused of beating a young man in Kashmir.

Venezuela's humanitarian crisis puts Trinidad and Tobago's refugee policy under the microscope

Venezuelans fleeing their country have been seeking refuge in Trinidad and Tobago in increasing numbers, but the country is yet to get its act together to deal with the influx.

11 February 2019

Every vote counts? Tackling voter apathy and low voter turnout in Nigeria's national elections

Will every vote count in Nigeria's 2019 national elections? Voters are the missing link to a strong democracy. Understanding voter apathy is key to successful elections.

Bulgaria's parliament and an educational institute named top privacy violators in ‘Big Brother Awards’

Advox

The Bulgarian edition of the Big Brother Awards is back as a means of shaming the worst violators of citizens’ privacy.

10 February 2019

In Bangladesh, vigilante justice leads to the death of three alleged rapists by self-proclaimed ‘Hercules’

In Bangladesh, three alleged rapists are executed by a vigilante who signs his victim's death "confessions" with the name 'Hercules'.

9 February 2019

‘I won't stop': Kazakh man seeks justice for family caught in China's Xinjiang crackdown

Advox

UN experts say over a million people may be interned in Chinese "re-education" camps. But how many have died inside the facilities?

Why Bahrain's ‘torture prince’ can still visit the U.K. despite calls for his arrest

Despite allegations that Bahrain's Nasser Bin Hamad personally took part in torturing protesters, he has repeatedly traveled to the UK where he faces calls for his arrest.

7 February 2019

Netizen Report: Philippine news outlet faces ‘cyber libel’ charges

Advox

Philippines DOJ takes another swing at Rappler news site, Facebook tackles disinformation in Indonesia and Russia moves to outlaw fake news.

For the first time, transgender candidates will run for seats in Bangladesh's National Parliament

"There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats."

5 February 2019

The complicated narratives of the Venezuelan conflict

"This is is not a left-wing, right-wing conflict"

Greek Metropolitan Bishop convicted for inciting anti-LGBTQ+ violence

Amvrosios has sparked reactions many times with his extreme racist, fascist and homophobic views.

1 February 2019

With tensions rising ahead of 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians fear internet shutdown

Advox

The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.

Pressure mounts for Thailand to free Melbourne-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

"Australia just gave our highest award to 2 divers for risking their lives to rescue 12 Thai boys from underground caves. We know where Hakeem is. He just needs a...

Portugal grapples with its own racism after video of police brutality goes viral

Many reactions were observed on social media, some in support of the immigrants and others who think the police's handling of the situation was appropriate.

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