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Stories about Governance

14 November 2018

‘Tuition free for all in public universities in Liberia’, says President George Weah

Mr. Weah’s tuition-free announcement sounds plausible, but neither he nor the Liberian government has the monetary and logistical support for the realization of the policy.

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

2 November 2018

A 15-year-old rape victim is the latest collateral damage of Duterte's drug war

Netizens say Duterte’s misogyny, rape jokes, and assurances to defend police and military in the course of anti-drug & counterinsurgency operations have normalized a macho culture of sexual abuse.

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

31 October 2018

Madagascar citizens demand transparency in a fishy deal with China

The livelihoods of Madagascar’s coastal communities will be seriously threatened if they must compete with the potential catch capacity of these fishing boats.

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

28 October 2018

‘Voice for the Ocean’ gives European citizens a say on the future of ocean conservation

"It is necessary to connect European citizens and ocean lovers to the political sphere in order to discuss, make progress, and protect the ocean together."

25 October 2018

No more photos of sleeping MPs? New rules restrict what media can cover in Tasmania Parliament

"Who do these politicians think they are? They are elected by the public, and the public is absolutely entitled to see how they behave."

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

Interactive maps become a tool to fight crime in Mexico

Collaborations such as the use of interactive mapping tools reflect the situation of citizens living with security issues. These citizen tools are a practical response to the problem.

Burundi clamps down on international NGOs and rejects human rights criticisms

In September, the National Security Council announced all NGOs – except in hospitals and schools – were suspended for three months from October 1, and mining companies for one month.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Advox

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

23 October 2018

Landslide victory for Bhutan's centre-left party following peaceful general elections

This is only the third democratic elections to take place in the tiny, landlocked South Asian country since it abolished its Monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 2008.

18 October 2018

How much blood will the right to vote cost Afghans?

Elections set for October 20 are a cause for celebration but also an excuse for militants to ramp up attacks.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

13 October 2018

Mozambicans react: decriminalisation of marijuana in South Africa

South Africa is a major destination for young Mozambicans for jobs and studies, and many were left wondering how the ruling will affect them.

8 October 2018

Portuguese PM drew criticism over clothing choice during visit to Angola

António Costa's official visit to Angola following months of diplomatic tensions between the two governments has caused a stir over his clothing choice.

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

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