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· December, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from December, 2016

13 December 2016

Syrian Media Activist: ‘It Is Terrible and Scary, Aleppo Has Become a Horror City’

Gnaid, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, and his wife recently welcomed their second child, a baby girl, in the midst of a deadly siege on their city.

Native American Pipeline Resistance at Standing Rock Resonates Around the Globe

"Stay strong. Be strong. And you have relatives all over the world to stand with you."

12 December 2016

These Short Films by Young Cambodian Men Aim to Stop Sexual Harassment

Rising Voices

Why stop sexual harassment? Young amateur filmmakers from Cambodia explored this question to encourage the public -- especially men -- to understand the impact of sexual harassment.

Military Trials of Journalists Cast Light on the Taboo of Criticizing the Army in Tunisia

Advox

Laws allowing military courts to handle cases involving citizens, including journalists and bloggers, continue to hold back Tunisia's democratic reforms.

11 December 2016

Opposition-Minded Venezuelans Have Their Say on the Legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro

Few countries were as in thrall to Castro as Venezuela, where many accuse him of enabling the abuses of the socialist government.

9 December 2016

Two Young Activists Get 10 Years in Jail Each After Graffiti on Azerbaijan Patriarch's Statue

Advox

"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."

8 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Advox

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

The Bengali New Year’s Celebration of Democracy and Diversity Is Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage

"As long as Bangladesh lives, there will be this type of New Year's celebration...This is the image of a secular Bangladesh.

7 December 2016

Sudanese Government Targets Activists, Stifles Media Coverage of Civil Disobedience

Advox

The civil disobedience action began on 27 November after the government removed subsidies on electricity, fuel and medicine.

Egyptian Authorities Are Using Travel Bans to Crack Down on Human Rights Activists

"The government has been working for the last two years on restructuring the legislative system to violate the constitution. Even in the time of Mubarak we didn’t see this."

6 December 2016

Russian Blogger Launches Campaign to Annul Anti-Extremism Law He Was Convicted of Violating

RuNet Echo

Blogger Anton Nossik wants to annul Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, a catch-all statute that prohibits "ctions aimed at the incitement of hatred or enmity."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

5 December 2016

Filipino Activists Hold Solidarity Fast in Support of Political Prisoners

"They are persons caring for the marginalized sectors of the society but they were jailed for trumped up charges."

Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

A Bangladeshi Railway Employee Saves a Man, Finally Gets Recognition

"The world seems better and nicer because of acts of a few brave and earnest people. My respect to Gateman Billal for his act of humanity."

Russia Ratchets Up Pressure on Google

RuNet Echo

Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, has issued instructions that will force Google to change its registration by the end of March.

Gambia Shocks the World With Peaceful Presidential Polls, Opposition Wins

The presidential election results and consequent concession of Yahya Jammeh came as a pleasant surprise to many Gambians -- and the rest of the world.

2 December 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

Attack on NGO Fighting for Rights of Textile Workers in Macedonia Highlights Dangers to Civil Society

An attack on the premises of an NGO that champions textile workers' rights, has undermined attempts to improve the terrible working conditions in Macedonia's garment industry .

Russia, China, and the Push for ‘Digital Sovereignty’

RuNet Echo

Russia and China's cyber cooperation is a marriage of convenience that reflects a shared priority: regime stability.