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· May, 2013

Stories about Human Rights from May, 2013

8 May 2013

Lebanese Police Arrest Four During Gay Club Raid

‘Ghost', a gay-friendly club in Dekwaneh, Matn, Lebanon, was raided by 12 policemen under the order of Antoine Chakhtoura, the municipality's head. Customers were reportedly bullied out of the club...

Catalonia's Sovereignty Declaration Suspended

7 May 2013

Spanish Blogger Goes After Anti-Catalan Prejudice in Viral Video

A YouTube video featuring an Andalusian Spanish blogger criticizing xenophobic attitudes in Spain toward the region of Catalonia has gone viral.

Lebanon's Migrant Workers Mark May Day

6 May 2013

Iran Tightens Grip on Internet Even More

Several reports indicate that the Iranian regime has taken another step to control the already heavily censored internet. Psiphon, Kerio and Open VPN, are no longer effective against the Iranian...

‘Hope, Service, Passion': Meet Laura Boldrini, Italy's Likable Leader in Parliament

Italy's most recent elections swept several non-career politicians into office. Among these new players on the Italian political scene is writer and human rights activist Laura Boldrini, whose popularity during...

In Venezuela, Still No Justice in Indigenous Leader's Murder

Two months after the assassination of Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero in Venezuela, activists and community members question why no one has been charged for the murder.

Documenting West Papua’s Political Prisoners

West Papuan civil society groups have launched the website Papuans Behind Bars to document the cases of political prisoners in West Papua. West Papua is part of Indonesia although many...

5 May 2013

Fatwas for Imran Khan – Pakistan's Election Gets Dirty

A popular cricket-star turned politician, Imran Khan, has irked some supporters by distancing himself from a persecuted minority group, the Ahmadis, to defend himself from fatwas forbidding Pakistanis to vote...

3 May 2013

Hostages and Ransom Payments: What is France's Policy?

Around three months after the French President François Hollande’s January 2013 decision to stop paying ransoms to hostage takers, the Moulin-Fournier family were finally released, to the immense relief of...

VIDEO: Turkish Police Crack Down on May Day Protesters

Violent clashes between Turkish police and May Day protesters in Istanbul left 25 civilians and 22 police officers injured, including one man who reportedly lost an eye due to a...

Singapore’s May Day Protest Against Population Policy

An estimated crowd of 5,000 gathered in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park on May 1, 2013 to protest the government’s White Paper on population. The May Day protest was the second...

2 May 2013

Saudi Authorities Continue Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

Saudi Arabian authorities detained yet another member of the country's defiant leading human rights organisation, the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA). Umar Al-Saeed is the seventh ACPRA member...

PHOTOS: Thousands of Workers March for Rights across Southeast Asia

Global Voices reviews the May 1 Labor Day protests in Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore. The rallies, which were organized to echo the various demands of workers and advocacy groups,...

Teargas and Water Cannons for Istanbul's Labor Day Protesters

After three years of peaceful Labor Day celebrations at Taksim square, Turkey's largest city Istanbul was visited by the ghosts of its violent past with the events of May 1st,...

1 May 2013

“Women Can Change Afghanistan”: Interview with Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar, 22, is an Afghan women's rights activist and a prolific blogger. She believes that there has been a lot of positive change for women's rights in Afghanistan over...

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