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Stories about Human Rights

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

10 September 2014

Lebanon Is Deporting Locally Born Children of Migrant Workers, Human Rights Groups Say

Children of certain categories of migrant workers born in Lebanon will no longer be allowed to reside in the country. NGOs speak out against the decision.

9 September 2014

The Iranian Government Is Blocking Unregistered News Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian news sites that do comply with registration requirements will receive a government subsidy.

Debating the Nature of Macedonia's Failing Political System

Political analysts, but also bloggers and social media users, have been debating Macedonia's backslide from democracy.

‘You Will Do Anything for Ratings': More Outrage over the Wife Killer ‘Star’ of Turkish Daytime TV

With homicides against women increasing in Turkey, a female chat show host is taking heat for giving more air time to an overnight wife killer celebrity.

8 September 2014

Pussy Riot's Dynamic Duo Launches a New Media Portal

RuNet Echo

"A view from behind bars gives the best view of how the government process works,” says a new website from Pussy Riot's best known members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

Men Convicted in Afghanistan's #Paghman Gang Rape Case Receive Death Sentences

In a powerful display of civic solidarity, Afghan society has finally spoken out against rape crimes. But could it not have done so without demanding the death penalty?

7 September 2014

The European Court Confirms : The CIA's ‘Black Sites’ Operated in Poland

Human rights groups have welcomed the ECHR's ruling confirming the existence of CIA "black sites" in Poland, but officials in the Polish government have been less enthusiastic.

Vigils in Australia for an Iranian Asylum Seeker Who Died After Getting Sick in a Detention Center

An Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei has been declared brain dead after suffering septicaemia from an infection contracted while in offshore detention. Many Australians have responded with compassion or anger.

Student in Kerala, India Arrested for Insulting National Anthem

Global Voices Advocacy

Salman Zalman, a philosophy student and an activist from Kerala, was charged with sedition for allegedly disrespecting and insulting the Indian national anthem and also for a Facebook post.

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