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13.07.2020

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

“There is, however, a very long way to go” On September 6, 2018, India’s Supreme Court ruled that consensual homosexual acts would no longer constitute a crime. The historic move reversed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was a legacy from British colonial rule. The change… »

12.07.2020

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it “deeply regrets the decision” made “without prior discussion”, having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by… »

06.07.2020

Philippines: Anti-Terrorism Bill Now a Law

Philippines: Anti-Terrorism Bill Now a Law

On the same day that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 40,000-mark, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the controversial Anti-Terror Bill into law without much regard to the clamor of people for a dialogue and to veto the bill. The promise to pass a new Heal… »

06.07.2020

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility. While Uyghurs living in China are experiencing unprecedented attacks on their most basic human rights, the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking… »

05.07.2020

UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law

UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region (SAR). Spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was… »

02.07.2020

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Government Should End Spurious Charges, Pre-Trial Detention to Silence Dissent Bangladesh authorities are using the abusive Digital Security Act to harass and indefinitely detain activists, journalists, and others critical of the government and its political leadership, Human Rights Watch said today. The administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed should immediately… »

01.07.2020

Politics in Times of Death

Politics in Times of Death

People don’t want to merely survive but would wish to resist the indignity of such a life. The way the pandemic has been handled across the globe, especially by authoritarian populist regimes, gives us very valuable clues into what politics and democracy will look like after Covid-19 has subsided. The… »

29.06.2020

The Scent of India

The Scent of India

In these times of social isolation due to coronavirus, my mind travels to India, where I once lived swathed in its jasmine perfume. I see its white sands; the sea that bathes its Goan beaches; the bluish red of its sky at dawn and the sound of mantras announcing the… »

28.06.2020

Bicolano Artists Unite Against Waste Incineration

Bicolano Artists Unite Against Waste Incineration

The Kurit-Lagting, a collective artistic collaboration of Bicolano artists from Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate and Camarines provinces together with Sorsogon Arts Council and alternative media groups, Shoot-in-Action Multimedia and Quimlat Multimedia, expressed alarm and opposition on waste incineration projects around the globe through Twitter and Facebook last Friday, June 26,… »

28.06.2020

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Nationwide protests oppose police brutality and support Black lives Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, as part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries. They also highlighted the importance of Black lives in Japan,… »

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