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12 November 2019

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

11 November 2019

Hong Kong police violence escalates dramatically: unarmed protesters shot with live rounds

Hong Kong protests escalate into city-wide roadblock and strikes, after allegations of gang rape in a police station and the death of a 22-year-old university student.

10 November 2019

Tanzania high court upholds ruling to end child marriage despite attempts to repeal it

In October 2019, the Tanzanian High Court upheld the ruling to end child marriage. The ruling is a step toward eliminating harmful practices and ending all forms of discrimination against girls.

9 November 2019

Surveys show majority of Hong Kong people have lost trust in the city's police force

The issue of police brutality and abusive use of force has replaced the extradition bill to become the city's major concern.

8 November 2019

In Pakistan, the Azadi March demands an end to Prime Minister Khan's administration

Large crowds, internet shutdowns, support from opposition parties, hatred against Qadianis, waving of Taliban flags, women discouraged to take part are some hallmarks of the ongoing Azadi march/dharna in Islamabad.

7 November 2019

Bangladeshi migrant domestic workers are returning from Saudi Arabia with shocking tales of abuse

900 female domestic workers have returned from Saudi Arabia in 2019 accusing their employers of physical and sexual abuse -- more than 100 have died.

Bulgarian prosecutor refuses far-right party's request to close down human rights NGO

On September 30, two VMRO-BND officials asked the prosecutor to dissolve the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee for “interfering with the judiciary” and engaging in "openly anti-Bulgarian activities."

6 November 2019

#iamrabipirzada campaign supports Pakistani actress Rabi Pirzada after nude photos leaked

The Rabi Pirzada incident shows how people are personally attacked for their freedom of expression in Pakistan.

30 October 2019

Pakistan shuts art installation depicting extrajudicial killings

Advox

"The closure is both an attack on free expression and an attempt to sweep under the rug a longstanding human rights problem."

The Hong Kong protests are becoming more violent because justice is not being served

The Bridge

"I am not asking you to tolerate violence, I am asking you to understand it."

28 October 2019

Angolan president's reforms drive positive impact on media — but limits persist

Advox

Under Angola's former regime, JES, prosecutions of activists and journalists were common. In 2017, João Lourenço (“JLO”) succeeded JES and journalists began to see reforms to press freedoms. But is it...

25 October 2019

Cry of ‘Free the [bleeping] weed!’ leads to arrest of Trinidadian cannabis advocate

"To those who say the war is over, Rowley has promised to decriminalise, tell that to the citizens of this country who are packed 15 man to one stinking cell."

22 October 2019

Australian newspapers ‘censor’ their front pages in protest against government secrecy laws

"Journalists and whistleblowers in Australia live in fear of criminal charges, police raids and damaging court battles that threaten their professional careers and personal freedom."

18 October 2019

Bulgaria's far-right is attempting to shut down the country's oldest human rights NGO

A member of the European Union since 2007, Bulgaria took a turn to the far-right in 2017 when PM Borisov's center-right party GERB allied itself with a small coalition of nationalist...

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

14 October 2019

Thai judge shoots himself in court after alleging political interference in courtroom decisions

"Return rulings to judges. Return justice to people....My statements might hold weight as light as a feather, but a judge’s heart must be as firm as a mountain."

12 October 2019

Police raid on rehab centre in Trinidad reveals inhumane conditions

Scores of people were found caged and mistreated in a rehabilitation centre that at one time received millions of dollars in government assistance.

10 October 2019

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

Advox

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

4 October 2019

NGOs slam Hong Kong's enacting of emergency law banning masks at protests as draconian

Last invoked in 1967, the Emergency Regulations Ordinance is a colonial-era law that gives the chief executive unlimited power in the event of an “emergency or public danger.”

2 October 2019

As real bullets fly and hit in Hong Kong, the police start a new cycle of unprecedented violence

Hong Kong sees its first victim of live gunshot as the city is once again marred in a vicious circle of violence