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Stories about Human Rights

7 July 2015

China's New National Security Law Casts a Fearsome Shadow Over Hong Kong

China's new law is wide-reaching and furthers suppression of dissent. Hong Kong government officials have said the city cannot guarantee local activists' safety if they travel to the mainland.

4 July 2015

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

Timeline: 14 Activists Detained in Thailand for Protesting Against Junta

The arrest and detention of 14 anti-Junta activists in Thailand has sparked outrage across the country. It also inspired many academics to call for the immediate release of the activists.

2 July 2015

Nigerians Are Shocked by the ‘Kano Nine’ Death Sentence for Blasphemy

"No one can defend God to pass death sentence on others, I'm a Muslim and in totality I condemn it. #SaveKanoNine"

1 July 2015

Bahrain's Prison Swap: A Strategy or a Coincidence?

Bahrain releases prominent secular politician three days after sentencing another to four years in prison in a possible public relations prison swap.

29 June 2015

Israel Intercepts International Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla

"It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of 'no tolerance', meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment..."

28 June 2015

Gaza-Bound Flotilla III Expected to Dock in the Palestinian Enclave at Dawn; Israel Threatens to Stop it

The Freedom Flotilla lll is about 170 miles away from Gaza and is expected to dock at dawn. Will Israel attack the boats? The next few hours will be decisive.

Same-Sex Couples in Mexico Win Another Victory Against Discrimination

"In this sense, the First Chamber reaffirmed that there exists no rational justification to deny access to marriage to homosexual couples..."

‘Transitioning Cambodia’ Photo Book Illustrates Cambodia’s Uneven Development

"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."

26 June 2015

Abel Wabela: “To Fight Bystander Apathy…This is My Mission as a Human”

Global Voices Advocacy

"Warnings, intimidations, arrest and torture have not stopped me from exercising my free speech rights," says Abel Wabela, one of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers who have been jailed since April 2014.

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