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Stories about Human Rights

26 August 2014

India’s LGBT Community Dares to Hope After Health Minister’s Comment on Gay Rights

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that everybody has human rights and it is the job of the government to protect them.

Does Venezuela's Smiling Tourism Cartoon ‘Cheverito’ Ignore the Country's Grim Realities?

In less than one week, 'Cheverito', the cartoon character created by the Ministry of Tourism to boost tourism in Venezuela, was the center of criticism, attack and debates.

25 August 2014

Experts Say Technical Issues Are Behind Egypt's Power Outages, but the Prime Minister Blames the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians suffer from daily hours-long blackouts while government officials make contradicting statements regarding the cause.

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

RuNet Echo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

24 August 2014

Education Is Syria's ‘Chance for Change’

Chance4Change aims to fund 15 schools in areas free of regime control in order to secure their curriculum and ensure they remain independent. Find out how you can help.

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

22 August 2014

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Massive Leak Opens New Investigation of FinFisher Surveillance Tools in Pakistan

Global Voices Advocacy

Unknown hackers released 40 gigabytes of data uncovered about the use of FinFisher, the malicious digital spyware kit, in Pakistan. The Digital Rights Foundation reports on first findings.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

Global Voices Advocacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Arrests Made in Man's Fatal Beating Have Not Renewed Faith in Jamaica's Police

The case has continued to fuel protests and discussions in Jamaica, which has a history of police brutality and other similar forms of violence.

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