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· April, 2020

Stories about Governance from April, 2020

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

Africans in China targeted by xenophobia amid fear of second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

China has seen a surge in the number of imported COVID-19 cases and the African community has become an easy target for "virus control" and xenophobic sentiments.

COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa

Africa 'is not a testing lab' for a COVID-19 vaccine. The debate over human testing in clinical trials speaks to a grim history of medical experimentation and exploitation in Africa.

Ahead of contentious elections, Burundi faces its first COVID-19 cases

The upcoming election in Burundi has been surrounded by concerns over security and transparency. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic poses another public safety concern.

Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown

"My heart bleeds for our brave men and women of Didipio who had to suffer and be arrested for expressing their resistance against mining, a great menace to Mother Earth."

Police violently break up protest by healthcare workers in Balochistan, Pakistan

Medical professionals staged a protest in Baluchistan Province in Pakistan to demand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to remain safe from coronacirus transmission from patients and they were arrested.

Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving their homes

The Azerbaijani government has tightened its quarantine restrictions, and now enlists mobile networks to manage public movement.

Online journalist detained for quoting Cambodian prime minister’s advice on COVID-19

"The Covid-19 crisis must not be used as pretext for getting rid of journalists who do not blindly toe the government line."

Kyrgyzstan's civil society mobilises to fight COVID-19

As Kyrgyzstan struggles with the economic fallout of the coronavirus, ordinary citizens are organising on an impressive scale — delivering food to the poor and surgical masks to doctors.

Cameroon battles COVID-19 alongside separatist war and strained health care system

Cameroon has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. As the virus becomes a reality, citizens must adjust to this new threat amid the ongoing separtist conflict.

India's COVID-19 lockdown leaves vulnerable populations to fend for themselves

While the government has guaranteed essential services to be exempt from the lockdown, poorer sections of the population have been left in the lurch even in the capital.

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

Bangladeshis turn to video sites during COVID-19 lockdown

Affordable access to 4G services in Bangladesh over the last two years caused YouTube viewership to skyrocket; now, the COVID-19 lockdown will spur further growth.

Is India fighting COVID-19 the ‘mass surveillance’ way?

"There isn’t enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to."

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’

Who would ever have predicted that a speech made on April 1, 1958, would reverberate in April 1, 2020 through a speech made by another leader in the same political...

Guyana: Timeline of an election impasse

The results of Guyana's 2020 general election have now been delayed by a month. Here's a quick look at what has happened over the time period.

Healthcare workers attacked as fears about coronavirus take hold of India

In India, medical professionals including doctors and nurses have been stigmatised and came under attack for their work with Coronavirus patients, especially during a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

A king’s belief in herbal remedies to cure COVID-19 butts up against science in Nigeria

This Nigerian king believes that natural herbs can cure COVID-19. But making unverified claims via Twitter to thousands of followers can be misleading — and dangerous — to the public.

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