RECENT MOVEMENTS SUCCESS STORIES
SUCCESS STORY 139: Aspiring journalist Lily Stewart shed light on the high number of death penalty verdicts in Iran, often done by mass executions. Movements could help to spread awarenee for this issue by publishing a strong article in three different media outlets. The article "Iraninan Government Wages a War on Its Citizens" was published in the Huffington Post, Tremr and The News-Hub.
SUCCESS STORY 138: In "Iranian Prisoners Continue Defiant Hunger Strikes," human rights journalist Hamid Yazdan Panah reports on an active coordinated hunger strike movement by Iranian political prisoners. Panah is an Iranian activist and attorney in the US who notes that Iranian dissident Jafar Azimzadeh gained temporary release from the notorious Evin Prison following a two month hunger strike, although he remains at risk of future incarceration. The article appears on The Huffington Post's Movements.org page and on The World Post via a media coverage offer through Movements.org.
SUCCESS STORY 137: In Mohamed Rady's article "Empower The Reformers: A Solution for Muslim Sectarian Rivalry," the hatred and bigotry that exists within some Muslim communities is identified as a crucial problem underpinning religious extremism. Rady is an Egyptian-born secularist, raised in Saudi Arabia, who now lives in London where he is studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering. His article appears on Tremr.com via a media coverage offer through Movements.org.
SUCCESS STORY 136: "Pakistan's Sectarian Split " is a political analysis by Ammar Anwer, who argues for the relationship between Muslims be based on brotherhood not nationhood. He describes what he considers to be a severe identity crisis suffered by Pakistani Muslims. He advocates for the development of a Pakistani nation-state and national identity separate from the theocratic dispositions of Iran and Saudi Arabia. His article appears on Tremr.com via a media coverage offer through Movements.org.
SUCCESS STORY 135: "The Punishing Cost of Women's Education in Closed Societies" is an article by Worood, whose real name is withheld for her safety. When Worood received a letter congratulating her for being accepted to the University of Baghdad, she was confronted by physically abusive behavior from her father and brother. The men in her family were planning on having her marry her cousin rather than receive an education. She was denied the opportunity to attend the school and suffered such intense beatings from her brother she was hospitalized--diagnosed with permanent nerve damage. She tells her story to bring attention to the punishing cost women who share her culture often have to pay for an education. Her story appears on Tremr.com via a media coverage offer through Movements.org.
SUCCESS STORY 134: Former Muslim Soran Tarkhani's article "The Creeping Islamization of Iraqi Kurdistan" appears on Tremr.com via a publishing partnership with Movements.org. Tarkhani's analysis describes the multiple strategies he has seen used to increase the popularity of Islam in Kurdish Iraq. Now that he has left the Muslim faith behind, he finds members of his Kurdish family now drawn to the religion despite having rejected it in the past.
SUCCESS STORY 133: "Why We Need A Secular Movement" is an article by Ammar Anwer recently published on Tremr.com wherein he asserts his view that secularism is not the opposite of religion but is the distinct separation of church and state. And that secularism is freedom of religion, which guarantees people of all faiths are treated equally without prejudice, and treated equally in matters of law.
SUCCESS STORY 132: Movements.org delivers more resources for activists and dissidents seeking access to wider media coverage in a new partnering with Tremr, which gives a voice to the voiceless. The open citizen news platform which welcomes discussion about issues routinely silenced by closed societies. Tremr's offer provides an interactive space where bloggers, activists and others can debate, collaborate and share information through writing, images and video.
SUCCESS STORY 131: Movements.org joins forces with Fresco News which aims to become a tool that gives voices to people who have been silenced by oppressive and closed societies. Fresco is a visual news platform powered by citizen photojournalists around the world. Any Fresco user can submit photos or videos of newsworthy events to instantly put them in front of the powerful mainstream news organizations Fresco partners with. Fresco believes that media can become more transparent and accountable if citizens are given the opportunity to report and collaborate. Fresco and its community are working to shed light on stories that may have gone unheard, but deserve to be told.
SUCCESS STORY 130: A Movements activist's article has gone viral. After appearing on The News Hub, and being widely shared across Facebook, it was picked up The Christian Post, The Christian Daily, Inquisitr.com, and the Dhaka Tribune. It was further published on Tremr. The article "Facebook Facing Heavy Criticism After Removing Major Atheist Pages" by Ayman El Kaissi asserts Facebook is inherently complicit with Arab authorities who silence religious and/or cultural criticism. In mid-April, Facebook removed more than six Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to "violations of community standards." This was not the first of Facebook's censorship of atheists and freethinkers in the region. In response, the Atheist Alliance – Middle-East and North Africa (AA-MENA) launched a campaign to reform Facebook's policies on violation reports in a way that respects freedom of thought and expression.
SUCCESS STORY 129: "The Glimmer of Secular Hope in Iraq" is an article by Rameh Shirazi recently published on The Huffington Post and The News Hub. Shirazi's proposal to Western-world leaders and societies willing to fight terrorism is to find ways to empower the voices of religious scholars, intellectuals, and political activists calling for a secular and liberal Iraq. While these voices do exist in the Middle East, they are unable to counteract the ideology of terrorism because they lack the political support needed to achieve wider social acceptability.
SUCCESS STORY 128: CANVAS, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, an international network dedicated to achieving freedom, democracy and human rights through nonviolent strategies posted a request on Movements.org, asking for translators to assist with subtitles on educational videos for activists. Having received numerous responses for help with several languages, plans are under way to proceed with translations into Farsi and Ahmaric, to add to CANVAS's training videos already available in Khmer, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, French, and Hebrew.
SUCCESS STORY 127: "The Rise of Malaysian Religious Tyranny," by Tahir Rawther, is an article recently published on the Huffington Post. The article is an Op-Ed piece that describes the Malaysian government as increasingly enforcing standards that are ultra-conservative, patriarchal, and misogynistic within a totalitarian framework lacking humanistic values.
SUCCESS STORY 126: An Iranian political prisoner received assistance from several Movements users in translating his Wikipedia page into various languages. He also received help installing joomla!, an open source CMS, to administer his website.
SUCCESS STORY 125: A Bangladeshi blogger's request posted on Movements led to an interview with Dave Rubin on Ora TV's Rubin Report. Watch it on YouTube to hear the discussion on the history of Bangladesh, the dangers of being a Bangladeshi blogger, the recent Islamist militants' brutal attacks on the Bengali Bloggers and others in Bangladesh.
SUCCESS STORY 124: Human rights activist Kerry Martin contributed an article to The News Hub, in which he questions the sustainability of a troubling paradox within the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While the kingdom ranks high in some areas of development, the Saudi regime routinely squelches the human rights of its people. The article offers multiple cases, well documented on Movements.org, in which the systematic repression of human rights is consistently carried out against its citizens. Not only confined by the borders of its kingdom, Saudi Arabia's power to oppress human rights is extensive--even transgressing into the lives of its people residing in other nations, and other continents as well.
SUCCESS STORY 123: An article by Dhrubo Tara published on The News Hub Bangladesh: Writing with a slit throat examines the recent escalation of violence against Bengali bloggers and other free thinkers. While Bangladesh has made a national hero of its first secular blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was killed in Dhaka in 2013, Tara points to the contradiction that other writers are routinely arrested and murdered, and continually face death threats.
SUCCESS STORY 122: The Huffington Post published The Malaysian Transgender Community Are in Hot Water With the Religious Authorities, an article by Tahir Rawther, a human rights activist based in Malaysia. The LGBT community faces frequent arrest conducted by The Federal Territories Islamic Department, often done without a police warrant. A recent raid, accompanied by the media, interrupted a closed-door dinner at which transgender women (Maknyah in Malay) were having a beauty pageant. The event's organizers were arrested and charged with encouraging vice and defying religious authorities on the grounds that the event violated a fatwa against beauty pageants.
SUCCESS STORY 121: The article The Moderate Daesh Society: Social Terrorism Against LGBT People In The Middle East by Rameh Shirazi published on The News Hub asserts that moderate Daesh society "sets the background for the acceptance of a homogeneous, intolerant culture." Leaning more towards conservative than moderate, their moral and social code is similar to ISIS, he argues, adding "terrorism is also the discrimination of and horrible treatment toward different groups within the same society."
SUCCESS STORY 120: The Baloch are an ethnic minority facing poverty, violence, and discrimation in Pakistan and Iran. The recent execution of an entire population of Balochi men from a village in Sistan Balochistan, Iran appears in a Huffington Post blog entry by Hamid Yazdan Panah, who is an Iranian activist and an attorney in the US. He wrote Human Rights in Balochistan: A Case Study in Failure and Invisibility to help bring the attention of the human rights community and the international media to the plight of Baloch people.
SUCCESS STORY 119: Iranian Women Still Denied Fundamental Rights is the title of an article by Kaveh Taheri, an Iranian activist and former political prisoner, published on The Huffington Post. Taheri explains how Iranian women are subject to gender discrimination in daily life, and he asserts "Iranian women deserve to have the same common sense human rights as Iranian men have."
SUCCESS STORY 118: The News Hub published an op-ed article by a Movements activist addressing difficult questions about the foundations of violent extremisim in the Middle East. The op-ed titled Islamism: Earth's terrible cancer suggests empowering secular activists and organizations by inviting them to the Western world where they can offer insight on ways to curb the radicalization of Muslim youth. He also mentions key secular activists such as Maajid Nawaz, Asra Nomani, and prominent organizations such as the Global Secular Humanist Movement, and Secular Student Alliance from the Middle East.
SUCCESS STORY 117: An Iraqi civil rights activist in Anbar is the subject of an article recently published on The New Hub. In an area besieged by famine and military conflict, very few humanitarian services and resources are available. Nonetheless, a small group of local independent funders provide a limited amount of much needed basics such as food, drink, and clothing which are delivered to displaced families in the region by Moyad Ibrahim.
SUCCESS STORY 116: A Bangladeshi activist contributed an article expressing concern for her personal safety in an environment of constant fear in Bangladesh. Her actions promoting religious freedom, democracy, free speech, women's rights, LGBT rights, and common sense human rights make her vulnerable to daily threats of violence made by extremist groups such as Jamaat-Shibir, Ansar-Al-Islam, and Hefajat-e-Islam.
SUCCESS STORY 115: An op-ed article by a British Muslim was published on The News Hub, commenting on how traditional Muslim beliefs in some ways conflict with the general values of contemporary British culture. In a recent survey called #WhatBritishMuslimsReallyThink, many British Muslims expressed a strong interest in integrating into British life. However, almost half of the group supported ultra-conservative social attitudes such as supporting Sharia law, the inequality of women, and discrimination against gays.
SUCCESS STORY 114: An article was published about an imprisoned Iranian civil rights activist deprived of medical care and denied access to his medical records in the Evin Prison clinic in Iran. Reporting for The News Hub, journalist Kaveh Taheri highlights the case of Mohammad-Saeed Husseinzadeh Movahed, who was arrested without a court warrant, suffers from cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, and digestive illnesses. His ailments were exacerbated by the brutal treatment and severe conditions for which Iran's prison system is notoriously known. It is feared Movahed's health will continue to deteriorate if his access to medical care continues to be postponed.
SUCCESS STORY 113: The last Facebook post by murdered Bengali blogger Nazimuddin Samad has been translated from Bengali to English by Riasat Ahsan and appears in an article published on The News Hub in partnership with Movements. Samad was a 28-year-old secular blogger and a law student at Jagannath University in Bangladesh. In 2013, Samad's name was on a "hit-list" of atheist bloggers and free thinkers that was reportedly sent to Bangladesh's interior ministry. On April 6, 2016 Samad was attacked with machetes and then fatally shot by three unidentified assailants near his home.
SUCCESS STORY 112: Human rights activists make news headlines telling their own stories via Movements' partnership with The News Hub. Iranian-born journalist and former political prisoner Kaveh Taheri frequently posts Movements requests for media coverage; but he now contributes articles to The News Hub on a regular basis. His byline appears on "Iranian women still denied fundamental rights" and "Iranian political prisoner denied medical care, going blind" among other articles.
SUCCESS STORY 111: Human rights activist Rameh Shirazi's article "Rebuilding the dead Syria" appeared on the international news page of The News Hub. In partnership with The News Hub, Movements encourages activists and dissidents from closed societies to submit their personal accounts of human rights issues for publication. Activists' stories are marketed to and read by a global audience. The News Hub is indexed on Google News, and financial bonuses are paid to top contributors.
SUCCESS STORY 110: When a social media account claimed responsibility for the deaths of the Bengali Bloggers and posted a list of future targets, which included teachers, judges, engineers, doctors, writers, poets, actors, journalist, producers, directors and others, Movements users requested reporting the post to social media companies. The account was subsequently suspended.
SUCCESS STORY 109: A human rights organization in Mandalay, Burma requested NGO strategic development assistance. A user skilled in the management of social groups connected with the organization to offer support and to connect them with experts in the area.
SUCCESS STORY 108: A secular activist from Yemen, looking for asylum in Germany, contacted Movements and was connected with The Huffington Post, which published her story The Embedded License of Domestic Abuse to Women in Religion Through the Eyes of a German Refugee From Yemen on its Movements blog page.
SUCCESS STORY 107: A survivor of the Tiananmen Massacre and an activist for democracy in China, Dr. Jianli Yang is President of “Initiatives for China.” His article ONE OF THE DARKEST MOMENTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA was published on The Huffington Posts Movements blog page. Yang describes a massive crackdown in China that has so far resulted in more than 300 people disappearing and being arrested, detained, beaten up, harassed and put under surveillance. Among them are famous activists Zhou Shifeng, Wang Quanzhang, Li Heping, Wang Yu, Bao Longjun and Hu Shigen.
SUCCESS STORY 105: Movements has partnered with The News Hub which delivers news and opinion through a network of contributors in over 70 countries. As opposed to the traditional news model of pursuing a central editorial agenda, The News Hub offers a space for stories that are not covered sufficiently—or at all—by the mainstream press. The News Hub has posted an offer to Movements users inviting them to submit their personal accounts of human rights issues for publication. To participate, activists should post their requests for news coverage in the comments section of the offer page.
SUCCESS STORY 104: A website called I Believe in Science presents the Arab world with impartial scientific news and information. They fight against illiteracy and religious radicalism in the Middle East. Using Movements.org the site secured a very generous donation from the Lantos Foundation.
SUCCESS STORY 103: Based on her Movements request, an Iraqi woman was granted an interview with David Rubin from Ora.tv. She told the story of the 2014 suicide attempt she made after she received physical and emotional abuse for many years due to her atheism and her refusal to wear a hijab in Al-Mahdi controlled Iraq. She has since returned to her studies and completed her degree.
SUCCESS STORY 102: The wife of jailed Bahraini human rights activist Hussain Jawad posted a request for help in promoting international media awareness about his case. Like many of his fellow activists, he was detained as a result of his work as a human rights defender and for having freely expressed his opinion. A writer with expertise in Wikipedia articles responded and created an entry on Hussain Jawad.
SUCCESS STORY 101: Arash Sobhani an Iranian musician and activist wrote the article, Iran is Exporting Its Cultural Revolution, to describe how Irananian officials in Tehran exert control over the private lives of Iranian citizens even while they're outside Iran's borders. It appears with other writing on The Huffington Post's Movements Blog, based on an offer to publish articles by human rights activists.
SUCCESS STORY 100: A member of the U.S. Congress, Senator Marco Rubio, offered his help to make sure political prisoners or threatened dissidents in Iran, Cuba and elsewhere are not forgotten by the U.S. government and the international community. His post requested Movements users share names such as Atena Farghadani, for his #ExpressionNotOppression campaign on social media.
SUCCESS STORY 99: A former political prisoner in Syria, now based in the US, connected with three Syrian refugees who left their home country in the last years and started life anew in the United States. They each told their own stories which have been published by The Huffington Post.
SUCCESS STORY 98: Endangered Iranian activist-filmmaker Emad Tayefeh, wanting to share his story, posted a request on Movements. Author Karen Mesoznik from our partner organization SaferVPN wrote and an article called The Cost of Freedom, which was published by The Huffington Post, also one of our partners.
SUCCESS STORY 93: Yassine Aitmoulay, a Moroccan artist and writer, published a story in The Huffington Post about Maati Mounjib, a professor of African Studies and History. The article highlights the recent hunger strike of Mounjib, a noted free speech advocate.
SUCCESS STORY 91: On August 7, 2015 an article was published regarding the unexplained death of the editor in chief of Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) and the co-founder of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI). Seyed Jamal Hosseini's death reportedly took place on August 4, 2014. To honor the first anniversary of his passing, a ceremony was held by a number of political and human rights activists beside Hosseini's tomb in Turkey.
SUCCESS STORY 89: Author Karen Mesoznik responded to an offer inviting essays -- about human rights and intellectual freedom -- for publication in The Huffington Post. Her article, "The Ins and Outs of The Great Firewall of China," describes browsing the web via a secure and encrypted internet connection called a Virtual Private Network, or VPN.
SUCCESS STORY 88: A user offered her illustration skills to support human rights issues. An activist group whose social media campaign to raise support for those who are imprisoned for their activism, e.g. Raif Badawi, contacted the user via Movements.org to ask for her help. The illustrator's drafts were sent to the group and were approved for use in their campaign.
SUCCESS STORY 87: Free Mind TV requested help with bringing a legal claim against individuals who publicly alleged that the channel is atheist, and made a fatwa to kill their team. They connected, thorugh Movements.org, with an international human rights lawyer from the American Bar Association, who agreed to provide pro bono advice to the channel and its team.
SUCCESS STORY 86: In "Iran Decries Saudis' Crimes - Then Commits Worse Against Its Own," published on Tremr.com, Ammar Anwer reports that the human rights violations which both these states routinely commit are a threat to humanity, despite the way each state rationalizes its own behavior, all the while condemning the other for similar violations -- or worse. Ammar Anwer is a student and blogger with an interest in Theology, Social Sciences and History. He was asking for media coverage for his article. With the help of Movements, his article appeared on Tremr.com via a media coverage offer and was also published at the Huffington Post.
SUCCESS STORY 85: A Movements user posted a request for help in raising awareness about a serious fatwa against a liberal writer in Egypt. Maher Gabra, a Washington, DC based independent commentator on Middle East politics responded by writing an article titled "Egypt is Secular By Nature" which was published by The Huffington Post.
SUCCESS STORY 79: A Bengali activist made a request on Movements asking for media coverage of the list of secular bloggers marked for death by a terrorist group, it received coverage by Fusion Media.
SUCCESS STORY 78: A U.S. based online TV channel, Free Mind TV, which broadcasts stories about human rights and secularism in the middle east and north Africa, asked to interview activists from the Arab world. They were connected to Kuwaiti and Yemeni secular activists.
SUCCESS STORY 77: A Saudi human rights activist posted a request on Movements for media coverage about a juvenile Saudi political prisoner facing beheading by the Saudi government for participating in protests against the royal family. A writer for the Huffington Post volunteered to report on the case.
SUCCESS STORY 76: A writer from The Columbia Journalism Review requested an interview with Egyptian activists regarding the protests that took place at the UN General Assembly Meeting in October 2015. She was connected to Egyptians who took part in the protest.
SUCCESS STORY 75: An Ethiopian activist posted on Movements regarding an unwarranted defamation case against him. He connected to a Yale Law School PhD candidate who offered him pro bono support.
SUCCESS STORY 74: The Huffington Post dedicated a blog page to Movements’ human rights activists in a joined commitment to amplify stories rarely heard by the mainstream media. The partnership allows Movements.org its own page featuring the voices of Movements community members based on an offer to publish the stories of activists who are brave enough to speak out against human rights abuses and to report on life within closed societies, dictatorships, and totalitarian regimes.
SUCCESS STORY 73: A Moroccan activist requested media coverage for LGBT and women's rights activists who were arrested at Rabat airport. An American journalist covered the story for the Digital Journal.
SUCCESS STORY 71: A Syrian user living in Canada requested help to develop an app and create a website that would help inform the world about the war in Yemen. She wanted to raise awareness about what is happening there, as it is not really covered by the media. A developer from Armenia offered to help with the app, website, and overall design.
SUCCESS STORY 70: Yemeni activists asked for more media coverage of the Saudi-led war in Yemen and its disastrous consequences. They were matched with the Skeptic Examiner, who wrote and published an article about this issue.
SUCCESS STORY 69: A Movements user offered her art skills to support human rights issues. An activist group supporting children and women in Yemen connected with her and illustrations are being created for a social media campaign.
SUCCESS STORY 68: Seeking support for a case being presented to the International Criminal Court, a Movements member sought the help of an attorney to write a letter requesting an investigation. A lawyer with a doctorate degree in human rights reached out and is now working on the case.
SUCCESS STORY 67: An artist offered her skills to support human rights issues. An activist group who is planning a big social media campaign to support those who are imprisoned for their activism contacted the user and asked for her help. The illustrator created some drafts and sent it to the group, and they will use her for their campaign.
SUCCESS STORY 64: A manufacturer of women's footwear made an offer on Movements to provide free shoes to women activists who are fighting for women's rights. If you are an activist in a closed society, have escaped a dictator, or are related to a political prisoner, view the offer. Or visit the Movements blog for more information about footwear donated to women activists in need.
SUCCESS STORY 63: An atheist humanist and apostate requested legal advice regarding how to get out of Pakistan and apply for asylum in a western country. The Movements Team connected him with a Human Rights lawyer who will provide him with legal advice.
SUCCESS STORY 62: An Iranian activist wrote a book and sought assistance with design, proofreading, and publication. A Movements user translated the book and another user is proofreading the text, and a third volunteer is designing the cover.
SUCCESS STORY 61: A Movements user from Canada is supporting a group in Algeria that is building an NGO supporting LGBT rights. The user put the group in touch with Canadian LGBT organizations and lawyers who are providing advice and assistance.
SUCCESS STORY 60: A German Movements user and active supporter of refugees put an Arab refugee in touch with German activist groups, as well as a politician from the Pirate Party, who are supporting his case.
SUCCESS STORY 59: An Iranian political prisoner received assistance from several Movements users translating his Wikipedia page into various languages. He also received help installing joomla!, an open source CMS, to administer his website.
SUCCESS STORY 58: An Iraqi activist requested media coverage for protests against the Iraqi government's corruption and sectarianism. Photos of the protests were featured on Free Mind TV.
SUCCESS STORY 57: An American human rights group asked to be connected to dissidents willing to give speeches on American college campuses. The group connected with a liberal Egyptian activist.
SUCCESS STORY 56: A jazz drummer at Julliard read posts about Iranian political prisoners on Movements. He decided to perform a freedom-themed jazz show in Brooklyn and dedicated songs to political prisoners in Iran.
SUCCESS STORY 55: Niloy Neel was murdered Aug 7, 2015 for being an outspoken atheist blogger in Bangladesh. His friend and fellow blogger, Arifur Rahman, who has been marked for death on an Islamist hit list, was connected with the popular podcast Dogma Debate to discuss the Bangladesh government's covert support for fundamentalism. The podcast has had over 3.4 million downloads.
SUCCESS STORY 53: In a campaign to support secular humanism in the Middle East, a Movements request connected a filmmaker in New York with Dr Lawrence M. Krauss, an American humanitarian, theoretical physicist, and a best-selling author who wrote the foreword in Raif Badawi's book, 1000 Lashes. Krauss answered questions about bridging the gap between science and popular culture in this video interview on the Movements.org Videos page and on YouTube.
SUCCESS STORY 51: The former German Minister of Defense and Minister of Economics and Technology agreed to advocate for the case of an Iranian political prisoner.
SUCCESS STORY 49: Independent Egyptian television station Free Mind TV requested help to bring a legal claim against individuals who publicly complained that the channel is atheist—an accusation that has prompted numerous death threats. An international human rights lawyer from the American Bar Association connected to Free Mind TV through Movements, and has agreed to provide pro bono advice to the team.
SUCCESS STORY 48: A Turkish activist requested media coverage for Gay Pride Turkey. An American journalist covered the story in the Digital Journal. (photo credit: Ozan Kose, AFP)
SUCCESS STORY 47: Johns Hopkins University was looking for someone to present the perspective of LGBT individuals from the Middle East. An activist from Jordan and the founder of Gay Arab Pride volunteered to speak at the conference.
SUCCESS STORY 46: A Moroccan activist requested media coverage for two women's and LGBT rights activists arrested at Rabat airport. An American journalist covered the story for the Digital Journal.
SUCCESS STORY 45: An Iranian activist requested media coverage for the recent spate of hangings in Iran. An American journalist covered the story for the Digital Journal.
SUCCESS STORY 44: An atheist in Pakistan faced charges of apostasy and blasphemy, offenses punishable by death. She fled to Germany. Movements connected her to a human rights lawyer from London, who is providing pro bono assistance for her asylum claim.
SUCCESS STORY 43: A Yezidi activist requested media coverage of the persecution of the Yezidi community under the Islamic state. He was connected to a writer from United Youth Journalists.
SUCCESS STORY 41: 84 secular bloggers from Bangladesh were placed on a terrorist hit list. Three have been killed and the rest of them are living in fear for their lives. Movements connected the five individuals under the most severe threat to a human rights lawyer in London, who has accepted their case on a pro bono basis. (photo credit: Mohammad Bahar)
SUCCESS STORY 40: A secular blogger from Bangladesh who has received death threats from Islamist extremists requested media coverage. Her story was published by The Daily Beast, and shared and tweet by many figures in the Secular Movement including Professor Richard Dawkins.
SUCCESS STORY 39: Computer programmers made a video game mocking the North Korean dictatorship and sought assistance through Movements. They found pro bono legal assistance and were contacted by a producer from Free North Korea Radio.
SUCCESS STORY 38: An Egyptian activist requested media coverage about Christian children in Egypt imprisoned for making fun of the Islamic State. An American journalist wrote about their case.
SUCCESS STORY 37: The wife of jailed human rights activist Hussain Jawad asked a media professional to create a Wikipedia page for her husband. A writer with expertise in Wikipedia articles responded and created a Wikipedia page on Hussain Jawad.
SUCCESS STORY 36: A secular TV station that challenges extremism in the Middle East requested media coverage. An American journalist responded and covered their story.
SUCCESS STORY 35: A former Iranian prisoner asked for help starting a campaign on behalf of prisoners in Iran. He was contacted by an American media campaigns expert who will be advising him.
SUCCESS STORY 034: The creators of North Korea Knockout, a game mocking North Korea and supporting the cause of freedom there, connected with a developer who offered to help them create an IOS version
SUCCESS STORY 033: A Jordanian cartoonist asked for help distributing an anti-ISIS cartoon. Several social media experts gave him advice and helped his cartoon get thousands of views.
SUCCESS STORY 032: Pro-democracy advocates in Syria sought help in producing anti-ISIS videos. A video editor in India offered to help.
SUCCESS STORY 031: A peace activist from Yemen whose life was under threat escaped the country following a post on Movements. He connected with policy-makers and journalists who championed his case.
SUCCESS STORY 030: A Syrian Kurdish refugee wanted to write his first book and asked to speak with publishers. Several American publishers contacted him and are reviewing his story.
SUCCESS STORY 029: A 16-year old blogger was arrested by the police in Singapore for publishing material online that was deemed to be inappropriate. The Movements team connected him with an attorney in New York who is providing him with pro bono legal advice.
SUCCESS STORY 028: An Iraqi user sought help setting up an English language website to bridge the gap between common media representations of Iraq and the reality. Movements users provided him with the advice he needed to set up his website.
SUCCESS STORY 027: Leonid Martynyuk, a Russian activist seeking asylum in the US, left Russia in 2014 fearing imprisonment for his political activities that were closely affiliated with the late opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Through Movements Leonid connected with an attorney who has taken on his case pro bono. Martynyuk is also author of a viral YouTube channel titled "The Putin Regime's Lie" which has a total of more than 24 million views for all the videos posted.
SUCCESS STORY 026: Egyptian secular activist, Karim al-Banna, posted on Movements asking to publicize his arrest and suppression of free thought via social media. His post was widely shared on social media, including by the Richard Dawkins Foundation. It reached millions of people in just a few hours. Al-Banna posted another request to have his articles translated so that they could be sent to an American lawyer. They were translated in less than 24 hours and returned to his attorney.
SUCCESS STORY 023: Prominent Saudi activist Samar Badawi started a blog featuring political prisoner Waleed Abu al-Khair's articles, with the aim of attracting international attention to al-Khair's case. Activists from Movements translated five articles written in Arabic to English.
SUCCESS STORY 022: Kaveh Taheri, an Iranian and activist who has been imprisoned for his activities in the Green Movement, requested media coverage and was interviewed by a Syrian blogger.
SUCCESS STORY 021: A team of tech experts needed an attorney to help start a nonprofit to overcome China's "Great Firewall." A lawyer with expertise in U.S. nonprofit law volunteered to help.
SUCCESS STORY 020: An LGBT individual from Russia went to the U.S. to seek asylum. An immigration attorney offered to help with the asylum application process.
SUCCESS STORY 017: After the death of the American Bengali writer Avijit Roy, a number of Bengali translators and writers asked Movements to translate Roy’s work into English. Several users provided translations, which will bring his work to a wider audience.
SUCCESS STORY 016: An activist from Morocco requested an English translation of an article that appeared in a Saudi newspaper about the beheading of an "apostate," in order to raise awareness about these practices. The article was translated, and distributed across multiple media platforms and human rights organizations around the world.
SUCCESS STORY 015: A jailed Syrian poet asked for an English translation of the poems he wrote in prison. A user from South Carolina translated the poems.
SUCCESS STORY 014: A Russian author and video producer and his wife were unable to secure asylum in the United States despite a clear threat to their security. An immigration lawyer in New York saw their post, contacted the couple, and is now representing them.
SUCCESS STORY 013: The Syrian Electronic Army flooded Facebook with complaints about an activist, causing Facebook to close his account. Within 48 hours, a member of the Movements community, with a connection to Facebook, got his account reactivated.
SUCCESS STORY 012: Ensaf Haider requested media coverage for her husband, Raif Badawi, imprisoned for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to 1,000 lashes. Movements’ partner publication The Daily Beast featured her article "My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police" on the front page, reaching an audience of 20 million people per month.
SUCCESS STORY 011: The campaign to Free Nadiya Savchenko (the Ukrainian pilot held illegally by Russia) asked Movements to translate evidentiary documents into English for use by her legal team. Users from around the world translated over seventy pages of documents that will be used by her legal team to try to secure her release.
SUCCESS STORY 010: An anti-Putin opposition group was looking for a web design company to build their site. Within a few days of posting their request, a developer connected with them.
SUCCESS STORY 009: A Syrian activist and university student seeking asylum in the United States posted an urgent request for help and representation, fearing for his life if he is returned to Syria. A professor at the John Marshall Law School took his case, and is helping the activist secure asylum.
SUCCESS STORY 007: A transgender woman in Saudi Arabia sought advice and support, as she was being abused by her family and the authorities. An LGBT media organization in Europe connected with her to provide support.
SUCCESS STORY 006: A North Korean defector requested help getting information in and out of their dictatorial regime. Radio, satellite, and computer experts connected with the defector to advise on technological methods to do this.
SUCCESS STORY 005: A Cuban blogger hoping to circumvent censorship in her home country and Ecuador posted a request for technological help to evade government firewalls. She was contacted by several computer programmers and security experts who offered to advise her on safe digital practices.
SUCCESS STORY 004: Activists requested an original song to honor the late Russian attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested and killed in prison after exposing the corruption of the Putin regime. A songwriter in NYC saw the request on Movements.org, and responded with an original composition commemorating his life. A music video was then made featuring Russian activists including Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and the song has been covered by outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera.
SUCCESS STORY 003: Movements received a request written on behalf of a famous Syrian dissident who spent a decade in prison under Bashar al-Assad's regime, asking to publish an op-ed in a major American publication about how to bring peace to Syria. A short time later, the article was published in Movements’ partner publication The Daily Beast.
SUCCESS STORY 002: A Saudi expert on combatting state-sponsored incitement to religious violence posted a request to speak with members of the German government about incendiary material in Saudi textbooks, due to Germany’s strict anti- hate-speech laws. A former German foundation executive saw the post and is connecting the Saudi activist with senior members of the German government.
SUCCESS STORY 001: A secular Syrian group posted a request for PR assistance to explain to American policy makers that the opposition is not comprised solely of radical elements. The founder of a strategic communications firm, based in Los Angeles, responded and offered their help.