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16 August 2019

Vitriolic response to art exhibit tests the limits of freedom of speech in Japan

A controversial art exhibition at an arts festival in Japan has led to government criticism, threats, at least one arrest, protests by artists and questions about freedom of expression.

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Indian-administered Kashmir is like an ‘open prison’, says observers

"What is happening in Kashmir is 'normal' in the sense that state-backed violence, deceit and lies, gag on civilian voices, and govt propaganda have always been a 'normal' in Kashmir."

15 August 2019

Nepal’s only folk musical instrument museum is struggling to save rare instruments

Nepal's only museum on musical instruments is facing eviction amidst lack of support from researchers and general visitors. Global Voices talks to Ram Prasad Kadel, the founder, and curator.

14 August 2019

Oral historians and archivists fill in the record of the 1947 partition of India

Historians are working on getting the remaining survivors of the Partition to recall the events so their stories can be preserved.

11 August 2019

Cambodia reduces number of public holidays to attract jobs, but activists are concerned it could undermine democracy

"Omitting the Paris Peace Agreement and Human Rights days from the public-holiday list reflects that the government is unwilling to promote democracy any longer."

9 August 2019

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

7 August 2019

Two universities sign historic agreement on slavery reparations in the Caribbean

The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.

2 August 2019

It's Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago — but is the country free?

"This emancipation embrace the fullness and richness of who you are, where you came from, the blood and history that's in your veins."

1 August 2019

The Gambia's truth commission continues to confront abuses under past president's regime

"Between 1994 to 2016, under President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, Gambian citizens suffered numerous human rights violations. These included murder, extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, physical assaults..."

30 July 2019

New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition

"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."

29 July 2019

A brief history of Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe

Rising Voices

The Seediq tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power.

26 July 2019

From Nigeria to Zanzibar, Africa quietly played a critical role in US moon landing 

To this day, few people know about Project Mercury space stations in Nigeria and Zanzibar, part of a groundbreaking global communications network that helped pave the way for Apollo 11.

24 July 2019

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

23 July 2019

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

Acute water shortage hits Chennai in India

The lives of 9 million people are affected in southern India, as Chennai, one of the six fastest-growing cities in the world, faces the worst water crisis in its history.

20 July 2019

Fake news about “human sacrifices” for the Padma Bridge leads to violence in Bangladesh

Eight people have been detained across Bangladesh for spreading ‘Human heads and blood will be sacrificed for Padma Bridge pillars’ rumors on Facebook.

17 July 2019

In Bangladesh, a rickshaw ban for major Dhaka city roads spurs protests and debate

A rickshaw ban on three major roads in Dhaka city saw a huge protest from the rickshaw-pullers and some netizens who use this convenient mean of transport.

10 July 2019

This is how Hungarian villages fought back against planned nuclear waste repositories in the 1980s

"We've done a lot of things that were very new at that time."

9 July 2019

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Advox

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.