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Stories about Governance

16 January 2020

Despite legal threats and harassment, thousands join the ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ in Thailand

"The reactions by the authorities and intimidation tactics are not just wrong but also absurd. As the country has returned to democracy, no citizen should face such intimidation."

11 January 2020

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

8 January 2020

Deadline looms for biometric SIM card registration in Tanzania

Advox

The biometric SIM card registration process means Tanzania joins a growing list of African nations gripped by the biometric data and digital identification revolution in Africa.

7 January 2020

Fiji netizens say #PlasticFree campaign is misleading

"This whole exercise is to change peoples behaviour, you don't do that by giving them an equally bad alternative."

6 January 2020

What is at stake in Taiwan's January 2020 presidential elections?

The large questions of what should be Taiwan's political, social, economic, environmental, cultural model continue to dominate the political debate, and naturally surge at times of elections.  

4 January 2020

‘A disturbing crackdown on press freedom’: Pakistan arbitrarily blocking Slate.com

Advox

This is the second time that the website has been blocked in Pakistan in 2019, and the third time since 2018.

2 January 2020

Taiwan January 2020 presidential elections: who are the contenders?

All three candidates represent strongly divergent views on social values, economic development, relations with China and the status of Taiwan.

1 January 2020

Global Voices quinceañera: When the Caribbean did the right thing

In 2019, the Caribbean envisioned a more holistic brand of public education, spoke out against corruption, and experienced a resurgence of respect towards its First Peoples. Part 5 of 5.

31 December 2019

Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education

Drugs that can prevent HIV are available, but Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health won't make it available because he thinks it will promote promiscuity.

29 December 2019

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

Advox

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

28 December 2019

Death toll reaches 27 in India's citizenship protests

Mass demonstrations have engulfed both large and small cities nationwide.

27 December 2019

Conference in Thailand debates state of human rights in the northeast provinces

"We need to shame the government for using violence and intimidation against villagers who are just trying to preserve their livelihoods."

26 December 2019

How China's Belt and Road Initiative is affecting Shan communities in north Myanmar

"The majority of the people are worried about losing their homes, farmlands and water resources. Some people voiced concerns about losing natural resources and heritage places."

25 December 2019

Rash of abductions and arrests signals ‘dramatic slide’ in human rights in Tanzania

In recent years, an uptick in abductions, arrests, detentions and trumped-up charges of economic crimes for activists and journalists have amounted to a disturbing trend toward silencing dissent in Tanzania.

24 December 2019

Kenya now has a data protection law. What does this mean for netizens?

Advox

Will Kenya’s new data protection law protect the rights of citizens? Or will it serve as a conduit to acquire, store and use data in the digital capitalism food chain?

23 December 2019

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Advox

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

22 December 2019

Sudan’s ride-sharing revolution needs better regulation

Advox

Sudan’s ride-sharing industry faces serious challenges: Labor rights, algorithm bias and data privacy need to be addressed for ride-sharing to be sustainable. 

21 December 2019

Abduction of human rights activist echos chilling trend in Tanzania

Human rights activist Tito Magoti's abduction echoes a chilling trend toward the disappearances of journalists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders in Tanzania since 2015 when Magufuli first took office.

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.