Equaldex: the collaborative LGBT knowledgebase!
A crowd-sourced, verified, beautifully presented representation of equal rights (and how they are specifically denied) for LGBT folks. [via reddit]
Malaysian human rights activist Irene Fernandez died on March 31st 2014 at age 67 from heart failure
. She was arrested and charged with one year imprisonment in 1996 for "publishing false information with the intention to harm" after publishing a report on abuses of migrant workers in detention camps in Malaysia, and was acquitted in 2008
after multiple delays due to losses of important files. She received a Right Livelihood Award in 2005
for her human rights and migrant advocacy work. She is remembered
by activists in Malaysia
, and international media
. [more inside]
None On Record - Stories of Queer Africa.
After the brutal 2004 murder
of FannyAnn Eddy, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association
, native South African Selly Thiam decided to start recording the stories of African GLBTs
both on the continent and in the diaspora. The result is a growing oral document of "the hopes, struggles, challenges and joy of being a QLGBT African - in their own voices". [more inside]
On Christmas day, Robert Park walked over the frozen Tumen river from China and into North Korea
. He did an interview that was to be released when he had crossed over
The latest tool to challenge homophobia: same-sex hand-holding
. This past weekend, a same-sex hand-holding relay was held in London
, to coincide with Olympic-related events. It's not just for gay and lesbian couples; sympathetic heterosexuals are encouraged to join in
and take a stand, or rather a stroll, for tolerance.
is an Egyptian blogger
and anti-torture activist who recently won a journalism award
for his documenting police brutality in Egypt
, which led to the conviction of two police officers
. In Egypt, blogging can get you arrested
, and Abbas has taken enormous risks. But now YouTube has removed his videos and suspended
after receiving complaints (possibly from the Egyptian government) about their graphic content, and Yahoo has disabled his email account. Evidently YouTube
is not the ally human rights advocates had hoped it would be
China Praises Its Progress Toward Olympics.
With one year to go
before the 2008 Olympics
, China still has many challenges ahead, like dealing with Beijing's terrible air pollution
. There is still much criticism over China's record on human rights
and freedom of the press
, and some protests
. But perhaps the most embarrassing public relations setback is that one of the official mascots
) the Tibetan Antelope
, has defected from China's Olympic team
and gone underground to campaign
for a free Tibet
. [Some links via BB and MoFi.]
Adel Hamad, a 48-year-old Sudanese elementary-school teacher, has been held at Guantanamo for five years without charge or evidence of a crime. His lawyers have been unable to convince a federal court to review his case, so they started started Project Hamad
and posted a short movie about him online. This is an example of how human rights activists can use YouTube
to bring their cases to the public.
The story of Huang Qi,
the man who started the first human-rights website
in China, is one of the most depressing internet stories I've read. Now that he is jailed for "subverting state power," no US internet firms are sticking for him, as they're too busy trying to market their sites and services in China. I've participated in protests
before, but I really wish we could get together and protest bigger things, things that might improve or save others' lives. I hope the proposed data havens like Sealand
get online and allow sites such as Qi's to continue.