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Stories about Governance

What keeps people with disabilities indoors in Azerbaijan? The answer is not COVID-19

"Why is the government not interested in providing lasting, sustainable and impactful solutions to the problems people with disabilities face in Azerbaijan?"

Beijing official signals changes to Hong Kong's electoral system

Xia said the power to govern the semi-autonomous region must "lie in the hands of patriots."

Are Istanbul's Boğaziçi University protests an expression of exceptionalism? 

“What would make Erdoğan's life increasingly difficult would be for academia as a whole in Turkey to unify around a single platform and pursue vociferously a rigorous set of demands...

Myanmar introduces ‘draconian’ cyber security bill amid growing anti-coup protests

'It can be expected that the true aim of the bill is to repress freedom of expression online and ban social networks.'

New Russian law demands self-censorship from social media platforms

Experts believe that the most likely reason for the new self-censorship legislation is the state's desire to curtail the growing discontent and protest activity in the country.

Security concerns and legal ambiguities threaten the future of Ukraine's ‘State in a Smartphone’

On the anniversary of its launch, the revolutionary e-government app Diia boasts 6 million users, but seems to fall short when it comes to security standards and privacy.

Turkey reins in social media—one platform at a time

The new social media law sets up a series of restrictions that will have a lasting impact on digital rights and freedom of expression in Turkey.

Three climbers go missing during winter attempt to scale K2 summit in Pakistan

Though chances of their survival are slim, the families of three missing mountaineers have been hoping for a miracle.

WATCH: A conversation with Jillian C. York on her upcoming book “Silicon Values”

Missed the live-stream of the Global Voices Insights conversation with writer and activist Jillian C. York? Here's a replay.

Nearly a hundred Kurdish activists detained by Iran's security forces in 2021

An interview with Switzerland-based KMMG’s director reveals how recent arbitrary detentions of Kurds and other minorities coincides with the regime’s bid to fortify its rule amidst piling internal challenges.

What Kyrgyzstan’s hasty transition to presidential governance says about the state of its democracy

Since its government fell last October, Kyrgyzstan has experienced a political whirlwind, with January elections consolidating the interim leader's position and a referendum that changed its system of governance.

Supreme Court steps in after sexual assault verdict leads to public outcry in India

Judge courts controversy by stating ‘no skin contact means no sexual assault’ in case of a child groping victim.

What happened in Myanmar on the first day of the coup

"People are disheartened by the news and mostly sharing information about each other’s whereabouts and safety measures. We have all seen this coming but it’s surreal when it actually happens."

Critics warn Malaysia’s state of emergency could undermine democracy

"Members of the public should not be treated as enemies and be dealt with by military personnel."

Landmark ruling opens the way for environmental transparency in Trinidad and Tobago

Communities celebrate judgement that supports full access to the findings of Environmental Impact Assessments.

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

Thai woman receives 43-year sentence for sharing audio clips ‘defaming’ the monarchy

"Although her sentence was reduced to 43 years, it’s still too harsh & unnecessary cruel. Should a defamation case land someone several decades in jail?"

Why can't women be marriage registrars in Bangladesh?

A recent court rule in Bangladesh denying women to be marriage registrars has sparked heated debates as women and human rights activists question the basis of the judgement.

Protests mount over Israeli medical apartheid during pandemic

Israel completely leaves out Palestinians under its occupation in its highly successful COVID-19 vaccination drive, already covering over a quarter of its population since mid-December.

Dutch climate activists block Climate Ministry entrance to demand release of “Shell Papers”

The protest was a call for government transparency regarding the use of public funds and the state's connections to Shell

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