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Stories about Human Rights

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

28 August 2015

Brazilian Police Are Preventing Poor Black Teens From Visiting Rio's Upscale Beaches

"They think we're thieves because we're black," a 15-year-old told a reporter.

8 Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Africa

According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015, seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are in Africa.

26 August 2015

Videos Show How the Lebanese Security Forces Violently Dealt With ‘You Stink’ Protesters

Videos capturing police violence against protesters in Lebanon are making the rounds online. Is protesting against mounting rubbish and government corruption worth being beaten up and teargassed for?

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

23 August 2015

Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

"As a professor of law who was banned from teaching in Iran, I strongly support the nuclear deal," Mohammad Taghi Karoubi declared in a video.

Peaceful Protestors Face Riot Police Brutality in Lebanon

A brutal response awaited the peaceful protesters of the #YouStink movement who gathered in Beirut on Saturday August 22 to demand a solution to the garbage crisis in Lebanon.

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

22 August 2015

Guyanese Police Officers Punished for Being Pregnant

Outdated laws in Guyana make it possible for the police service to dismiss female officers who get pregnant while on probation. Could that change sometime soon?

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

20 August 2015

Argentinians Keep the Memory of Dictatorship Victims Alive on the Web

For almost 40 years, Argentinian human rights movements have fought to preserve the memory of their disappeared loved ones, a struggle that has adapted for the Web 2.0 era.

19 August 2015

Puerto Rico Celebrates the First Same-Sex Weddings—And It's About Time

After many years of hardships and struggle, same-sex couples in Puerto Rico can now formalize their commitment to each other.

After 2 Bombings in Bangkok, Thai Internet Users Join #StrongerTogether Movement

Two bomb blasts rocked central Bangkok in the past two days, killing 20 people and injuring hundreds. Now Thailand tries to move forward.

18 August 2015

An Icon of Iran's Reform Movement Joins Anti-Nuclear Deal Efforts

Ahmad Batebi has caused a social media stir by denouncing the nuclear deal and appearing in an ad produced by an offshoot project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Covering Iran for The Guardian

The Bridge

"The common problem in many western media organisations is that they see Iran as black and white, and Iran is not like that. It’s a spectrum, it’s a rainbow.”

Students Push for Alcohol Prohibition in Southern India Street Protests

"The protests against the prohibition of alcohol are a great move. If Tamil Nadu government bans the sale of alcohol, it will be greatly appreciated by the general population."

17 August 2015

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

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