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A helping hand at Russia's protest

A helping hand at Russia's protest

Three months ago, an anti-corruption rally in Moscow, unsanctioned by the city authorities, ended in mass arrests of protesters — and catalysed a series of further public actions in Russia. Elizaveta Nesterova, a journalist with The New Times, an independent Russian newspaper, volunteered to help people detained at the protest....

Ecuadorian government extractive policies and the silencing of dissent

Ecuadorian government extractive policies and the silencing of dissent

United Nations experts on Human Rights have published a statement condemning the Ecuadorian government for “systematically dissolving organizations when they become too vocal or challenge official orthodoxy.” In recent years, the government has issued decrees intended to dismantle environmental organizations, teachers’ unions, and NGOs. When presidential decrees are not enough,...