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· February, 2018

Stories about Governance from 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."

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.

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."

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

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."

The Pollution in Iran's Ahwaz Region Turns Deadly

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.

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.

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.

‘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."

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."

A Judicial Coup? Maldives Court Orders Retrial and Immediate Release of Jailed Opposition Leaders

The Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the immediate release of high-profile opposition leaders and ordered their retrials. This government has postponed the opening of this year's parliament session indefinitely.

Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"

Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released

"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

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