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Stories about Human Rights

18 April 2015

US Ambassador Kennedy Visits Hiroshima Acknowledging Legacy of Atomic Destruction

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum and laid a wreath at the cenotaph for A-bomb victims - unprecedented for a US ambassador.

17 April 2015

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Global Voices Advocacy

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

A Filipina Woman Shares How She Ended Up on Indonesia's Death Row for Drug Trafficking

"We believe that Mary Jane was a victim of large drug syndicates who take advantage of the unawareness, vulnerability and desperation of our people."

Is South Africa Off Limits to Other Africans?

South Africa has witnessed xenophobic attacks involving beatings, killings, and burning and looting shops and property owned by foreigners. Five people have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy.

15 April 2015

Tajik Authorities Hunt the Hijab and Battle the Beard

"They got to me too… Today, three policemen took me to Khujand police station and shaved my beard forcedly. This country does not have a future!"

14 April 2015

China Finally Releases Five Detained Feminist Activists

But they are not free yet. The five will be under police surveillance for a year.

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

12 April 2015

Unseasonal Gaza Hailstorm Draws Attention to Palestinian Refugees’ Plight

Netizens are reporting unseasonal snowfall in Gaza today. Others say it's just hail. But for many the suffering of Gaza's 108,000 homeless and internally displaced refugees comes to mind.

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