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· January, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from January, 2020

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar arrested in Bangladesh for ‘insulting’ Islam

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar is accused of making comments which hurt the “religious sentiment” of Muslims. He says that there is no evidence forbidding music in Islam.

CGNet Swara is using Bluetooth to source content and share news with Indian villages

CGNet Swara is helping groups that have been largely ignored by mainstream media use Bluetooth to create content and share CGNet-produced news, music and other programmes with their communities.

New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

New legislation criminalizes all types of invasion of privacy via mobile phones, and the publication of images or videos of third parties without their consent.

Despite legal threats and harassment, thousands join the ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ in Thailand

"The reactions by the authorities and intimidation tactics are not just wrong but also absurd. As the country has returned to democracy, no citizen should face such intimidation."

From Indonesian exile to Czechoslovakian pop star: An interview with Rony Marton

Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.

Supreme Court of India declares internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir unconstitutional

The blockout, imposed since August 2019, has affected the lives of millions of people in Jammu and Kashmir, depriving them of the basic right to access the internet.

In Modi’s India, anti-Bangladeshi-immigrant rhetoric is used to justify changes in citizenship laws

The implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in India and the rhetoric of deportation of "illegal Bangladeshis" have put the India-Bangladesh relation on stress.

Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace

Despite the success of the strike, workers could face sanctions for breaching the court order which declared the protest as illegal.

Will 2020 be the year of the Nigerian girl and woman? 

The year 2019 saw major movements to advance the rights of girls and women in Nigeria. Will 2020 continue this momentum? 

Guatemalan indigenous journalist charged with terrorism released from prison

In Guatemala, an indigenous journalist was arrested under legally dubious circumstances.

Interfaith harmony disturbed after Sikh holy site attacked in Pakistan

Sikh holy sIte Gurdwara Janam Ashtam at Nankana Sahib city near Lahore Pakistan was attacked by violent mobs and communal and hateful slogans against the Sikh minority community were raised.

Carlos Ghosn's great escape embarrasses Japanese government

The Japanese government has been embarrassed as details of Ghosn's escape expose systemic shortcomings in the country's police and prosecution services, the judicial system, passport security and more.

Deadline looms for biometric SIM card registration in Tanzania

The biometric SIM card registration process means Tanzania joins a growing list of African nations gripped by the biometric data and digital identification revolution in Africa.

Ahead of Taiwan's presidential election, KMT accuses DPP of ‘green terror’ and Beijing echoes

The political label “green terror” is also circulating widely on mainland Chinese state-affiliated media and social media outlets.

Six years after deadly crackdown of garment strike in Cambodia, families say no hope for justice

"Justice seems as far away as the horizon, or like searching for a needle in the bottom of the sea. We have not yet seen the light of justice."

‘A disturbing crackdown on press freedom’: Pakistan arbitrarily blocking Slate.com

This is the second time that the website has been blocked in Pakistan in 2019, and the third time since 2018.

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