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· March, 2018

Stories about Politics from March, 2018

28 March 2018

DRC's Joseph Kabila Isolated as Delays to Organise the 2018 Elections Continue

This three-day protest was an opportunity for the opposition to show their support for the organisation of "credible and transparent" elections.

27 March 2018

LGBTQI Rights Defenders Sound Alarm over Costa Rica's Presidential Election

"Imagine what a global disgrace, Costa Rica, flirting with the Middle Ages and asking to enter the darkest corners of fundamentalism that still exist on the planet."

26 March 2018

A Romanian in the UK: On the Thin Line Between ‘Undesirable Migrant’ and ‘Welcomed Contributor’

"No more "bad migrant"-"good migrant" division games. People's lives do not fit in a tickbox. Politicians should listen to more real migrant stories to understand."

25 March 2018

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

22 March 2018

Uncertainty Surrounds the Upcoming Election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The coming months will be critical for the elections. Will President Kabila respect the existing electoral calendar?

21 March 2018

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar

Advox

The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

Hitting a Low Point in the Low Countries

The Bridge

"But I’ve also become Dutch in more insidious ways."

20 March 2018

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female President Claims Her Role as ‘Humble First Servant’

"It finally feels like the narrow vision of the past has broadened to include people on their merits, yet what a heavy burden of expectations the first one [...] carries."

18 March 2018

Despite Resignation of Slovakian Prime Minister, Thousands of Protesters Continue to Demand Justice for Murdered Journalist

An estimated 65,000 protesters demanding early elections gathered in the capital city of Bratislava while thousands more rallied in the streets of other cities.

When Indigenous Girls are Raped and Assaulted in Bangladesh, a Queen Rises Up in Solidarity

From 2013 to 2017, violence was committed against 364 indigenous women and girls. In January 2018, 10 women and girls were raped and three of them were killed after rape.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

RuNet Echo

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web

Advox

"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns

Advox

Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

15 March 2018

City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Marielle Franco was the fifth most voted councilor for Rio's City Chamber. She was murdered after denouncing police violence in favelas. The crime is being investigated as an execution.

Ugandans Call for the Resignation of Parliamentarian Who Made Pro-Domestic Violence Comments

“As a man, you need to discipline your wife," said parliamentarian Onesimus Twinamasiko during a TV interview.

13 March 2018

From Graffiti to Politics, Anti-Semitic and Neo-Nazi Speech Is Becoming More Visible in Eastern Europe

Activists in the region have been sounding the alarm about increasingly emboldened hate speech against Jewish people and apology for perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Millions of People Take to the Streets in the Largest Show of Support for the Feminist Struggle in Spain's History

Almost six million people joined the international strike on March 8, and hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand firm measures against gender discrimination and sexist violence.

12 March 2018

Why Isn't Mexico's Government Surveillance Investigation Moving Forward?

Advox

"Most likely, the politicians who used this software are slowing down the investigation [In Mexico] it is still better to pray to the Virgin Mary for justice than it is...

10 March 2018

Law, Entertainment and Politics in Korea Feel the Wrath of #MeToo

The Bridge

Koreans witnessed the power of the people with the ousting of the president last March. Now they're seeing it again in the form of #MeToo and #WithYou.

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