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25 May 2016

Bloggers Boggled Over Why Child Marriage Is Still on the Books in Trinidad & Tobago

"This is not just an issue of age and maturity, but once again, of power."

23 May 2016

‘Soldiers’ Mothers’ Launch Mobile App to Protect Draftees’ Rights

RuNet Echo

Soldiers' Mothers of Saint Petersburg, a non-profit providing legal aid and advice to army draftees in Russia, has launched a mobile app to help draftees protect their rights.

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

20 May 2016

Leading Russian Independent Newspaper Suspends Deputy Editor After Blackmail Scandal

RuNet Echo

Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.

Chinese Demand Harsher Laws to Stop Bullying After a Teenager's Beating Death

"We can't clean out the weeds by pulling them out one by one. School bullying, teenage violence, all these uncivilized behaviors are rooted in society and family."

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

17 May 2016

Beijing Police Really Want You to Know a Man Who Died in Custody Was Accused of Soliciting a Prostitute

As if that really matters. The troubling case has left some netizens believing that police are trying to cover up a young environmentalist's death after he was arrested.

12 May 2016

After Months of Investigation, More Doubts Than Certainties Remain in Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

Where are the 43 Ayotzinapa students? That is the question which remains unanswered 19 months after the group of young teaching students were detained by local police officers in Mexico.

11 May 2016

Panama Papers Database Only Fuels Indians’ Frustration With Government's Response

"This could help investigators, if they are serious, to at least begin a meaningful investigation."

10 May 2016

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

7 May 2016

Facebook Posts Tell the Tale of a Kazakh Land Reform Furore

As Kazakhstan's economic crisis rumbles on, the authoritarian government's PR blunders go from bad to dangerously worse.

6 May 2016

For Trinidad & Tobago, the Olympics Gymnastics Furore Is About Perceived Corruption

Netizens weren't happy with one blogger's take, which seemed to brush aside concerns that there was something more sinister behind the last-minute replacement of the country's representative gymnast.

3 May 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Has Qualified for Gymnastics in the Olympics, So Why Aren't People Happier About It?

Hashtags. Online petitions. Lawyer's letters. None of these could save gymnast Thema Williams' dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but Trinidad and Tobago will still be represented in Rio.

Trinidad and Tobago Is Sending a Gymnast to the Olympics For The First Time, But It's Not Who You Think

Today's announcement by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee was the final nail in the coffin of gymnast Thema Williams' Olympic dream.

2 May 2016

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

29 April 2016

Tackling Child Marriage in India, One Wedding Tent at a Time

"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."

27 April 2016

European Union Slams China Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

"The case involves a serious violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and raises grave concerns about the rule of law under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle..."

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

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