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· August, 2017

Stories about Protest from August, 2017

31 August 2017

Okinawans Protesting US Military Base Asked If They ‘Understand Japanese’

"Okinawa has historically been discriminated against because of its dialect and has suffered under American occupation. It's hard to forgive such language."

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

Advox

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

Amid a Teacher Strike, a Powerful Image Shakes Up Peruvian Social Media

"The single gesture of caressing this petite lady on the face makes him –magically– a tender giant".

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Advox

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

30 August 2017

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

29 August 2017

Guatemala’s Battle Against Corruption Reaches a Critical Tipping Point

On a rocky road toward more transparency, Guatemalans are back on the streets to protest corruption and demanding their president to step down... again.

28 August 2017

30km Protest ‘Swim’ from Tobago to Trinidad Turns Into ‘Another Post-Colonial Tale’

"Those Tobago transport woes are real. Maybe it's a PR stunt, but it's a bold move to draw necessary attention to travel challenges between Trinidad and Tobago."

27 August 2017

Cambodia Shutdown of Media Outlets: Tax and Licensing Issue or Censorship?

Advox

"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."

Social Media Goes Off the Deep End Over Politician's Planned 30km Protest Swim from Tobago to Trinidad

"The Coast Guard cannot provide any dedicated resources or give any assurances for a voluntary expedition of this nature at this time."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Advox

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Residents of Ethiopia's Oromia Region Strike to Demand Release of Political Prisoners

Normally crowded streets and shops were empty as Oromos stayed home from work.

24 August 2017

Scholars at Home and Abroad Call for Withdrawal of Protest Charges Against Five Thai Academics

"How can we achieve reform when the state still treats those who voice concern about public issues as its enemies?"

18 August 2017

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

Advox

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

‘You Can Lock Up Our Bodies, But Not Our Minds': Hong Kong Court Sends 16 Activists to Prison

Advox

"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has ‘created’ the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Advox

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

Advox

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

16 August 2017

Global NGOs Call for the Release of Cambodian Land Rights Activist Tep Vanny

“Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.”

15 August 2017

Family Farmers in Paraguay Facing Debt Crisis Demand Government Accountability

Thousands of farmers have been marching for over a month, demanding a government response to the crisis threatening to destroy family farming as a viable economic model.

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