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Stories about Human Rights

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

16 January 2015

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Global Voices Advocacy

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem

Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.

15 January 2015

Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain

Global Voices Advocacy

The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.

11 January 2015

They Are Not Charlie: They Torture, Jail and Kill Journalists in Their Own Countries

The presence of world leaders at the forefront of the Paris rally drew much criticism online, especially since some of those leaders were among the world's worst free speech offenders.

10 January 2015

The Spirit of Henri Young: A Bahraini Prisoner Tries To Take His Own Life

The Bridge

Bahraini Ali Altaweel, 25, has been in solitary confinement for over three years. He attempted suicide twice: once by cutting his veins, and more recently by trying to hang himself.

9 January 2015

Should Prisoners Enjoy Full Labor Rights?

The Bridge

Prison inmates in Argentina now have full protection under the country's labor laws. Laura Schneider tries to wrap her head around the issue.

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Flogged for His Liberal Ideas

Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged today in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of founding an online forum for public debate and for "insulting Islam."

Venezuelan President Would Free Opposition Leader if US Frees Oscar López Rivera

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 33 years in the United States. He has been called the longest held political prisoner in the Western Hemisphere.

Battle for the Tapajós: Brazil's Construction of Hydroelectric Dams Threatens the Munduruku People

Agência Pública tells the story of the Munduruku people of Sawré Muybu, a land that will be flooded if the government moves forward on construction of a hydroelectric dam.

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