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16 December 2017

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after he was last spotted at an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Political Uncertainty as Protests Spread in Ethiopia

At least 15 people were killed on December 11, 2017, when members of the Ethiopian Defense Force fired on peaceful protesters. The demonstration was prompted by the killing of an...

Honduran Electoral Controversy Resolved, but the Crisis is Far from Over

"The people are in the streets because they can’t take it anymore. Because they denied people their rights."

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

After a month of tense street protests in Islamabad, an arts festival restores the spirits of its residents.

15 December 2017

Found in Translation: Local Publisher Brings Alive the Story of a Somali Olympian and Refugee for Macedonian Readers

The graphic novel "An Olympic Dream" -- a biography of a runner who perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea as a refugee -- was published in Macedonia in...

In Egypt, Both Sexual Harassment and Child Marriages Continue to Plague the Country

"Sexual harassment is a major problem in Egypt. Studies show that large majorities of women have been subjected to it [...] And the problem is deeply rooted."

Twitter Japan is Not a Safe Space for Minority Users

Global Voices Advocacy

"Of respondents who reported they found it unpleasant when coming across discriminatory articles online (as described above), 19.8% said they would refrain from using the Internet."

14 December 2017

A Legislator in Taiwan Risks a Recall for Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Some in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan are campaigning to recall a legislator because he supports same-sex marriage, generating a furious debate and calls for reform.

Concerns over United States President Trump's Latest Controversial Foreign Policies Loom Large in Africa

"This is not a very diplomatic strategy. Then again, it is coming from a man whose vision and politics are limited by his lack of awareness about the outside world."

UNESCO Protects Balkan Grandma March Day Custom As Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage activists in South-eastern Europe celebrate UNESCO's recognition of the Balkan Grandma March Day custom of wearing red and white wool ornaments.

Petition to Free the Eritrean Man Unjustly Arrested in Italy for Mistaken Identity

The Italian authorities appear to have gotten the wrong man; will they acknowledge it? The hunt for the mastermind of Mediterranean human trafficking takes a strange turn.

Refugees in Lebanon Are Still Being Scapegoated in the Media and in Academia

"How can one claim that these people are here to receive aid from international organizations, when many are, in fact, not receiving any?"

‘We Are One': Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

"Australia legalizing same-sex marriage today should remind us that humanity can only survive when it learns to love one and other."

13 December 2017

A ‘Detainee of All Eras': The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

Global Voices Advocacy

"His trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations."

12 December 2017

The Ahwazis of Iran Face Death Sentences after False Accusations of Opposing the Government

An Iranian court sentenced two Ahwazi Arab men to death and gave six others three to 25 years for the crimes of alleged membership in non-existent opposition groups.

‘Recalcitrant’ Activist Charged by Singapore Police for Organizing ‘Illegal Assemblies’

"We do not understand why the State is pursuing the seven charges against Jolovan Wham for events which were all peaceful and non-violent."

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

The Cat in the… Pot? Cuddly Felines Nap in Japanese Cookware

Cats sleeping in clay cooking pots are all the rage in Japan right now. Apparently, they are so popular that stores have started selling pots made exclusively for cats.

Indonesian President Jokowi Leads Citizens in Condemning Donald Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

"Trump is dragging the USA and the world to the frontline of religious extremism."

11 December 2017

A Local Newspaper's Full-Page Feature on Nuclear Radiation Survival Stirs Panic in China

"The whole page feature on nuclear radiation precaution is believed to be a reaction to the risk of warfare in the Korean peninsula."

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