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26 April 2016

Stories from 26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Advox

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

Latin America's Women Confront Sexual Harassment By Sharing Their Stories of Abuse

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of women across Latin America have shared harrowing testimonies of their first (and often not their last) experiences with sexual harassment.

Ecuadorians Come Together Online to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake

"Citizens have taken charge of all the organizing and the collaboration, there was no need for Rafael Correa in this country."

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

Advox

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

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