Stories from 13 October 2016
A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community
"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."
Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court
The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.
Uber Lands in Trinidad, Its Smallest Country to Date
"How will Uber fare in tiny Trinidad and Tobago? Will it “change life”, as the headline of one article has suggested?"
Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?
"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."
Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook
The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
South Asians Celebrate American Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature
"The argument for Dylan would rest squarely on the quality and influence of his work over the years, and the fact that they have now become classics of modern poetry..."
As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace
"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."
New Abortion Ban Proposals in Poland Mean the ‘Black Protest’ Movement Isn't Over Yet
"I am counting on another Black Protest against the barbaric statement of Kaczyński who wants to create a hell. A protest that will defeat him."
Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away
Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Risks Death From Hunger Strike in Effort to Be Reunited With Family
"They have closed the doors on me and left me without any solution and this is the only path that I've found."
Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”
Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.