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23 November 2017

Here Are 13 Things That Are Banned in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

Social Media Rumors Escalate Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."

18 November 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

"We gave meat to everybody that passed, explaining that the food was from God."

15 November 2017

Women Die in Childbirth in Rural India, Where Hospitals Lack Doctors

Doctors refuse job postings to a small village in a border district of West Bengal even as people suffer due to lack of medical services.

12 November 2017

As the MENA Region Heats Up, UN Climate Change Talks are Under Pressure

"The Arab region is currently suffering from drought, which is only the beginning of the consequences of climate change. Discussions should take into account the communities most affected."

Azerbaijani Activist Defies Government Pressure, NGO Stereotypes

"What I've seen during my lifetime is that most of the democracy and freedom fighters sold out in the end."

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

Global Voices Advocacy

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

11 November 2017

Toxic Smog in New Delhi Leaves Residents Coughing and Demanding Action

“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”

9 November 2017

One Nation, One Tax: The Impact of India's Goods and Services Tax

The Indian government deems the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax a success, but many small businesses have been adversely affected and protests are mounting.

5 November 2017

Athletes, Politicians Back Georgian Soccer Player's Support for LGBT Rights

"We are far from getting there, but I see change," one Tbilisi resident commented.

3 November 2017

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

Global Voices Advocacy

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

Why Tajik Brides Live in Fear of Their In-Laws, Even Before They Get Married

Some 300 brides from the country's Khatlon region complained of abuse from their mothers-in-law in the first nine months of 2017.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

28 October 2017

Kyrgyz Media Outlet's Report Shows President-Elect's Campaign Gained Access to Private Data

"What we have shown is that government servers that process and handle the data of citizens of Kyrgyzstan … was hosting an election campaign website that was collating similar data."

27 October 2017

Indonesian Law Makes It Easier to Disband Extremist Groups, but Could Undermine Civil Liberties

"There are many ways for the government to combat radicalism and defend social cohesion. Removing meaningful legal protections of freedom of association is not the way to do that."

26 October 2017

The Families of Trafficked Boys From India's Arwal Say Police Don't Care

"There were eight of us...They would beat us if we didn’t chop wood and not give us food...They killed four boys. And threw them in the river nearby."

25 October 2017

Tonga Government Accused of Controlling State Media Ahead of Elections

"Government needs to stop using so-called losses as an excuse to apply punitive changes aimed at gagging newsroom and management in a leading public broadcaster of the region."

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