Stories about Protest from July, 2016
Irom Sharmila’s Long Protest Is Over, but Military Impunity in Northeast India Continues
"The national media [...] used to show her fast, year after year. They made the story about the fast, never why she was fasting."
Ignorance About Transgender Identities in the US and Mexico and the Challenges of Winning Asylum
A recent report highlights transgender human rights abuses in Mexico, and how the US immigration system has made accessing asylum particularly difficult.
A Documentary Shows Macedonian Students Are Still Living in Dismal Conditions, Despite Government Promises
"This is an everyday picture of a student who is not from the capital and does not have money to pay for an apartment."
Critics of ‘Military Impunity’ Take On Indian-Administered Kashmir
In recent weeks, there have been protests in Delhi and Calcutta, where demonstrators called for the revocation of two controversial laws, and the immediate demilitarisation of the Kashmir region.
Calls for the International Community to Intervene as Gambia Continues to Imprison Dissidents
Harsh prison sentences for opposition leaders and activists makes netizens concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in The Gambia.
The Anti-KFC Protests Spell Trouble for Chinese Authorities Trying to Confine Nationalism to the Internet
"Online patriotism and offline patriotism are different...However, the line does not exist among the patriotic masses; they would just do what they think is right."
Colombian Truckers Have Stopped Moving, But Their Nationwide Strike Rolls On
The truck-driver and cargo-transporter unions in Colombia have been on strike since the first week of June 2016, delivering a significant blow to the national economy.
Maldives Opposition Holds Rally Despite Resistance From Government
"Under the plan for reform, Yameen is making criticism a crime..."
Mauritanian Authorities Once Again Go After Anti-Slavery Activists
"Many work without rest, without wages for their master's benefit. They do not have the right to education, to freedom of movement, to travel or marry, without their owner's consent."
Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.
In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.
As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship
"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."
The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Freedom, Not Control
This week we take you to Puerto Rico, Indian-administered Kashmir, Nepal, China and Myanmar.
Puerto Rico’s flag Is black and in ‘mourning’ over US-imposed oversight board
"Puerto Rico is fighting, lets strengthen the love between us and the space we inhabit by promoting respect, solidarity, tolerance, union, communication, and community cooperation."
How a Stolen Student Parliament Is Macedonia's Political Crisis in Microcosm
" Now try to imagine how this generation will organize parliamentary elections?"
Vietnamese Protesters Demand Justice Despite Government Settlement on Fish Kills
"Blow your whistle to demand transparency, blow your whistle to demand for fish lives, blow your whistle to stop Formosa."
Following Protests, the Macedonian Government's Eurobond Plan Comes to a Screeching Halt
"Any half sane person would leave this country by 2020," one citizen commented when considering the economic time bomb of mounting debt that will have to be repaid.
Ethiopia Locks Down Digital Communications in Wake of #OromoProtests
#OromoProtests content on social media has triggered many attempts by the government to limit digital traffic and block telecom services in Oromia.
Macedonian Protesters Reject Government’s Eurobond Bid to Borrow Its Way Back from the Brink
"Protest! There is no justice when the public debt keeps doubling."
Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict
Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.
Myanmar Official Gets Online Support for Challenging Radical Buddhist Group
The hashtag #NoMaBaTha was launched on Facebook to support an embattled city minister for speaking out against a Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar.
#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?
This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.