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· May, 2020

Stories about Governance from May, 2020

Dalit youth and five of his friends stoned to death in Nepal because of his love for an upper-caste girl

A low-caste young man and 18 of his friends were attacked – and some of them killed – all because of his love for a girl who was above his...

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

In light of Zanzibar’s complex history of racial segregation in the name of public health, social distancing and quarantine measures have been controversial in the fight against COVID-19.

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People's Rights

On April 29, the spokesperson of the Ivorian Government, Sidi Touré, announced Côte d'Ivoire's decision to remove its recognition of the competence of African human rights court.

Could COVID-19 help push peace forward in Yemen?

While leaders have stalled on a unified response to ending the violence to deal with the virus, several activist groups in Yemen are pushing forward a ceasefire agenda.

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

Southern African leaders meet to address urgent security threats in Mozambique

SADC states have been urged to support Mozambique’s government to fight against terrorists and armed groups attacking civilians and infrastructure in Cabo Delgado Province.

While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies

The plague of locusts has already devastated crops in parts of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula as well as South Asia.

Will the ‘Self-reliant India’ scheme bring relief to migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced another economic reform package of 265 Billion USD during the COVID-19 pandemic which drew criticism from netizens.

Burundi voted — but will the political situation change?

Burundians voted on May 20 for a new president, with official results expected next week. The new president will face pressing questions on international relations, media repression, inclusive economic policies and...

Why Hong Kong isn’t dead yet

"Today Beijing imposed the “national security” law in Hong Kong. It gives them broad powers to go after anyone they don’t like. Anyone who criticizes them. Anyone who disobeys them."

Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact

Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

Meet the Uzbek activists using apps to connect gay men to HIV testing and care

Since 2016 Uzbekistan has been praised for its liberal reforms, but the LGBTQ+ community has not gained freedom. Those constraints make rights activists particularly resourceful – on- and offline.

Stranded Nepali migrant workers protest to return home, Nepali government drags its feet

Nepal's government tries to stall repatriating migrant workers stranded abroad.

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

How a football team from Cameroon’s conflict-stricken regions defied all odds to win a maiden national trophy

PWD Bamenda football team in Cameroon has been crowned champions in a season disrupted by the coronavirus and an ongoing separatist conflict.

A glimpse at Thailand's digital ID through the biometric profiling of Malay Muslims

"The discriminatory nature of these measures could amount to racial profiling, which subjects Malay Muslims to disproportionate and unnecessary surveillance based on ethnic prejudice rather than objective signs of suspicion."

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

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