Stories: Human Rights

  • ‘She’s like my wife, you know how it is’

    Sushant, 18, was accompanying two girls from his college to a nearby market to shop for make-up supplies when he was stopped and questioned by the Nepal police. “These checks are a complete nuisance,” said the young man. “It’s harassment!” His other young friends laughed and waved as they strolled across the border from Nepal...

  • Rio hits the brakes on controversial favela cable car

    The black cables scarring the skyline of Complexo do Alemao stopped running months ago. For the residents of the favelas below, they're a constant reminder of how even one of Rio de Janeiro's most ostentatious projects built ahead of the 2016 Olympics has fallen victim to the financial crisis gripping the state. From the start, plans for the...

  • ‘It’s not safe’: South Africans fear using public toilets after woman murdered

    * Warning: Some details in this story are disturbing.* In Khayelitsha, a township just outside Cape Town, South Africa, community activists amping up their efforts to get safe, private toilets after a 19-year-old woman was murdered on her way to a public bathroom. It's a story that is told in the documentary, When She Didn't Come Back, in which...

  • The Chilling Effects of Russia’s Anti-Gay Law, One Year Later

    Sitting in the food court of a Moscow shopping mall, Konstantin Yablotsky reflected on the effects of the Russian government’s hostility to what it calls “gay propaganda” over the past year. “People have become more closed, more depressed, less out than they were,” he said. “The law makes our activity more difficult, because...

  • Homeless in Tanzania

    Sixteen-year-old Lenard Baraka grips the air above his head. He is miming how, four years ago, he slipped under a car, grabbed onto the chassis and held on, upside down. He doesn’t remember how long the trip took, but it was ‘very far’. This was how Lenard ran away from home at 12 years old, and the...

  • Who Is Michael Martelly and Why Is the Haitian Grassroots Movement Protesting Against Him?

    Today [the anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres (1803) in the war for independence] marks the second of a series of  planned street protests against the government of Michel Martelly.  The protest are organized by Fòs Patriotik ou Respè Konstitsyon [FOPARK] a coalition of pro Lavalas supporters, students, lawyers and  human rights activists. ...

  • Josephat’s Search for Love

    In continuing my story profiles on Tanzanian albinos in their struggling experiences to find love and get married (read more here: Love in a Time of Fear: Albino Women’s Stories from Tanzania), I’d like to introduce Josephat Torner. Torner is a prominent activist in Tanzania for the rights of people with albinism. When Josephat...

  • Myanmar Violence Between Buddhists, Muslims Threatens Reforms

    U Abdul Samat spent his life farming the rice paddies that stretched, brilliant green, in all directions. Now he was nearly 90 years old, a great-grandfather who walked with a cane. He was also a Muslim, and the men who stormed his village with machetes were Buddhists looking for Muslims to kill. As the mob set fire to more than 100...

  • As Tanzania’s Albino Killings Continue, Unanswered Questions Raise Fears

    People have been trying to kill Josephat Torner since the day he was born. In his rural Tanzania hometown, some encouraged Torner's parents to poison him, saying an albino baby was a curse. Today, Torner drives the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, in a Nissan X-Trail with tinted windows to hide his white skin....

  • Albinos são alvo de mutilações e assassinatos em países africanos

    Quando Josephat Torner nasceu, em um vilarejo na Tanzânia, os vizinhos aconselharam sua mãe a matá-lo com veneno. "É um bebê albino, isso é uma maldição, livre-se dele", disseram. A mulher se recusou. Mais tarde, quando Josephat ia começar a estudar, a professora não queria aceit...