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Stories about Human Rights

13 August 2014

Human Rights Experts: Pakistan Could Become a “Police State” Under Protection Ordinance

Global Voices Advocacy

If implemented in its current form, the consequences of Pakistan's "Protection Ordinance" on citizens’ rights will be far reaching, both on and offline.

Crimea's One-Woman Resistance to Russian Occupation

RuNet Echo

Daria Karpenko says she is determined to stay in Crimea and report the realities of life on the ground, but she fears for her country and her family.

12 August 2014

Nine More Political Dissidents Are Stripped of Their Nationalities in Bahrain

One man's sister said he was tortured before the sentencing. A special commission found that Bahrain tortured and mistreated opponents of the regime in the past.

Iran's Internet Users Outsmart Government in Cat-and-Mouse Censorship Game

The Iranian government periodically releases new filtering rules intended to block Tor traffic, to which the Tor community typically responds with a same-day antidote for the block.

Killers Roam Free After Brutally Murdering a Defender of India’s Untouchables

"Burn him! Erase all his traces" - shouted the killers of Sanjay Khobragade, a Dalit rights activist from Maharashtra, India. Sanjay is one of many Dalits who face such cruelty.

10 August 2014

Leaked Data Suggests Bahrain's Government Hacked Its Own Fact-Finding Commission

The government's bloody crackdown against a popular uprising spurred the creation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Investigation, which concluded authorities have practiced systematic torture against dissidents.

8 August 2014

A Man's Fatal Beating Puts Police Brutality Back on the Front Burner in Jamaica

Mario Deane was beaten while in police custody for marijuana possession. This type of violence has plagued the country's political culture from as far back as the 1970s.

Cambodia’s Freedom Park, a Site of Protest and Symbol of Free Expression, Reopens

Cambodia's Freedom Park was barricaded by the police after it became the main site of protest actions against the government.

7 August 2014

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

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