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Stories about Governance

15 March 2018

Ugandans Call for the Resignation of Parliamentarian Who Made Pro-Domestic Violence Comments

“As a man, you need to discipline your wife," said parliamentarian Onesimus Twinamasiko during a TV interview.

13 March 2018

Can Germany's ‘Lex Facebook’ Be Saved? A Business and Human Rights Analysis


Germany's NetzDG forces companies to police hate speech or face astronomical fines for persistent violations of up to 50 million Euro. Is this a good way to solve the problem?

12 March 2018

Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale

The Bridge

Like the increasing number of people who cross borders for employment, love or safety, you settle someplace else. But your country of origin casts a long shadow...

7 March 2018

Sri Lanka Declares a State of Emergency Following Anti-Muslim Violence

"For 30 years, Sri Lanka, you witnessed the streets running red with the blood of your children. Have you forgotten the loss? The fear? The pain? Have you learned nothing?"

6 March 2018

Is France Finally Facing up to Its Homelessness Problem?

"I'm #SDF [no fixed abode] but I'm also a human being and full citizen...I have the right to protest about situations which disgust me"

Murder of Investigative Journalist Ján Kuciak Shakes Slovak Society


"Judging by the past affairs in Slovakia, as well as experience with similar events in the world, it is very unlikely that we have will see justice. However, in order...

5 March 2018

Language Lessons: Kazakhstan Still Torn Between Tongues

"Unfortunately, it has become a habit for us to speak in Russian because of a few folks who don't speak Kazakh. If we speak Kazakh those who don't should learn."

3 March 2018

10,000 Belgians March for Migrants’ Rights in Brussels

Demonstrators are protesting a proposed law that grants police the right to raid homes in their search for undocumented people, something they fear is becoming all too common.

2 March 2018

How Movies and TV are Helping Venezuelans Negotiate Their Country's Collapse

The Bridge

Amid food shortages and rising crime, Venezuelans seek meaning in "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead".

27 February 2018

Detention of Businessman in Kazakhstan Prompts Fears Over Torture, Political Motivations

"He was sick, looked pale and very depressed and seemed to be scared. He passed out from time to time, couldn't speak and cried."

26 February 2018

Can a Court Order and Protests Save Centenary Trees on Bangladesh's Jessore Road?

The trees at Jessore road bear the witness of two historic refugee exodus – one during the partition of the Indian Sub-continent, and the other during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

22 February 2018

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh


"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

14 February 2018

The Pollution in Iran's Ahwaz Region Turns Deadly

The Bridge

The Ahwaz region of Iran produces 95 percent of the country's oil and gas wealth—at huge cost to the area's predominantly Arab population.

10 February 2018

The Pashtun Long March Asks for Justice After Years of Ethnic Targeting

Thousands of ethnic Pashtuns from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and elsewhere in Pakistan have staged a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in Islamabad.

After Alleged Election Fraud and Protests, Honduran Congress Moves to Regulate Hate Speech Online


Hondurans fear censorship as congress debates Internet and social media regulation.

8 February 2018

Macau’s Cybersecurity Law: Less About Security, More About Surveillance (And Censorship)


Various critics say the proposed law will provide a legal framework for mass surveillance, much more so than improve network security.

7 February 2018

‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy': Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate


"The Digital Security Act (2018) is an Eyewash. It is section 57 (ICT Act) for all intent and purposes. All the provisions have merely been redistributed among other sections."

5 February 2018

Justice Deferred: Uproar After Turkish Court Releases, Re-Arrests Amnesty International's Taner Kilic


"The court changed its mind... Why? Who knows, no grounds provided. Devastating for the family and an affront to justice."

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