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· July, 2020

Stories about Protest from July, 2020

The day Liberia shut down freedom of expression amid a mass protest

Last year, the Liberian government disrupted social media access to prevent live protest coverage and the mobilization of protesters, shutting down freedom of expression and the right to access information.

Angolan pastors break away from the Universal Church of Brazil

The new congregation could call itself the Reform Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Angola.

Anti-fascist movements are re-emerging in Brazil to counter Bolsonaro

In 2020, anti-fascist demonstrations have emerged as a counter-offensive to recent protests organized by President Jair Bolsonaro's supporters.

Journalist's abduction raises concerns about media freedom in Pakistan

On July 21, renowned Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted in Islamabad. Though he was released about 12 hours after, fingers are being pointed at state security agencies.

The long and winding road to Guyana's 2020 election results

After many false starts, there was finally a recount, but legal challenges that question the interpretation of key sections of Guyana's constitution have dragged out the process even further.

Zimbabwe governance crisis: Arrests over COVID-19 corruption and planned protests

The arrest of two prominent figures in Zimbabwe signal new levels of crisis in governance as the nation heads toward unprecedented economic decline and social unrest amid COVID-19 corruption.

Serbia protests point to crisis of legitimacy for Vučić government

Serbian authorities unleashed a wave of violence at recent protests in the capital, causing some to wonder whether the government is finally starting to lose its control over the narrative.

Liberian fishing communities stand up to Chinese supertrawlers

Liberian fishing communities are threatened by Chinese supertrawlers capable of catching about twice the nation’s sustainable catch — potentially decimating vital fish stocks in just a few years.

In Liberia, a new mobile phone tariff collides with digital rights

The cost-prohibitive surcharge will make it harder for everyday Liberians to get online, limiting digital access at the height of a pandemic when citizens need reliable information more than ever. 

Students lead mass protest against dictatorship at Thailand's Democracy Monument

Protesters issued three demands related to democratic reforms and human rights protetion, and gave the government two weeks to respond.

Since George Floyd's murder, black Barbadians are becoming more vocal about racism

Through their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, young activists are challenging the status quo.

Hong Kong protest supporters’ international lobby to ‘burn’ China for hurting the city

“Laam chau”, a term derived from a username on the Reddit-like forum LIHKG, means "mutually-assured destruction", and it has captured the imagination of Hongkongers — even those in the pro-establishment...

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

In the Netherlands, the solo protest of an Uyghur exile puts a spotlight on China's actions against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

‘Where is my family?': A question left unanswered for too many Uyghurs living abroad

After years of silence about the fate of his family, an Uyghur refugee decides to go public about the persecution of Uyghurs in China, despite the trauma he experiences.

Cambodia continues to block memorial activities honoring murdered political analyst Kem Ley

Four years on, the government is still ignoring calls to set up an independent commission to investigate the murder.

Construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad faces opposition

The construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad was stopped after protests from different quarters, but rights activists and minority politicians are hopeful that the temple will be built.

#BlackLivesMatter resonates in South Asia as Unilever drops ‘Fair’ from ‘Fair & Lovely’ cosmetic line

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement, Unilever announced that they would rebrand their leading skin care product ‘Fair & Lovely’ to 'Glow and Lovely'.

Manila Pride protester fights back and narrates ordeal inside police detention

"We persist against all odds. Our existence is resistance. We're here to dismantle oppressive systems, to change the things we cannot accept.", says Filipino LGBTQ+ activist Carla Nicoyco.

Authorities’ response to social unrest in Trinidad & Tobago raises debate about police power and public trust

"The criminalization of the bodies of Indigenous, Africans and Indians is built into the DNA of the police force."

Russian journalist avoids jail term for ‘justifying terrorism’ – and fears a new assault on press freedoms

While her conviction remains in force, Svetlana Prokopyeva has avoided a prison sentence. The verdict was a silver lining in a new wave of arrests and criminal cases against journalists.

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