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A snapshot of Rwanda’s Genocide Law

Has the historically weighty Rwanda Hate Speech Genocide Law, intended to thwart hate speech in Rwanda, transformed into a tool now used against dissidents in the country? The Human Rights lawyer...

Text: Louis Gitinywa September 22 2020
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Fighting with words

“I explained as thoroughly as I could that one of the words was the name of my lands, the other of my hometown, and that Newroz is a festivity that Kurds have celebrated for thousands of years. At...

Text: Nurcan Baysal September 17 2020
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New perspectives on free expression in Turkey during Covid-19

In Turkey during the pandemic hundreds of students have been forced to move back home to their families, entailing a risk for those who have other values than their parents or are otherwise exposed in...

Text: Zeynep Serinkaya Winter August 12 2020
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Everything beyond Assad’s prisons is paradise

"I was arrested on March 26, 2011. That is when I was introduced to the secrets of the dark. Three black cars stopped outside my home in Damascus; eight persons, armed with automatic guns, stepped out...

Text: Ali Al-Ibrahim August 05 2020
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The new face of censorship

Self-censorship creeps up on and moves into the spines of journalists who work for free expression. When the threat is indirect – Slovenia’s journalists and writers can be published without risking...

Text: Tanja Tuma July 28 2020
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Self-reflections in 2020

“..I remember an early test report where a psychologist said: ‘Brian would rather be given a hiding than be ignored." Duuh! Wouldn’t everyone? Long before words like social distancing and self...

Text: Brian Carmichael July 13 2020
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A Pandemic of Mutual Mistrust

How does one handle an epidemic when conspiration theories are given space in national television and when politicians and doctors alike deny the existence of the virus? Liza Aleksandrova Zorina...

Text: Liza Alexandrova-Zorina June 23 2020
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The Pandemic Has Totalitarian Powers Thriving

In the wake of the pandemic, China’s oppression of its people is intensified: to warn one’s family on facebook about the magnitude of the spread of the virus may accrue a citizen high fines or cost...

Text: Ye Lin June 10 2020
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Amidst occupation and pandemic, Kashmir gasps for breath

For the Kashmiris in India the word azadi (liberation) has a highly specific meaning. It is associated with the historic repression of the country by the Indian administration since the takeover of...

Author: Umar Lateef Misgar June 10 2020
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The Uyghur Trauma and the Threat of Collective Amnesia

“Similar to other suppressed and colonised people around the world, there is an imminent risk that the next generation of Uyghurs will suffer from collective amnesia,” writes Patrick Hällzon, doctoral...

Text: Patrick Hällzon June 01 2020
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A language on the brink of eradication

In China, to speak and write in Uyghur is acutely dangerous. In 2017 in China Uyghur was forbidden as a language of tuition in secondary schools and Uyghur textbooks have been replaced by Chinese...

Text: Zulhayat Otkur May 26 2020
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My fate wasn’t in my own hands

The activist Halmurat Uyghur, who among other things initiated the movement #MeTooUyghur, began his political engagements as a direct reaction to his parents’ internment in a re-education camp in...

Text: Halmurat Uyghur May 19 2020

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