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26 November 2019

An interview with ‘Siamese Intellectual’ Sulak Sivaraksa on the future of Thailand's democracy and monarchy

"The monarchy must introduce some transparency into its workings if it wants to remain. It must be open to criticism."

Will the upcoming Taiwanese presidential election bring an end to the death penalty?

Taiwan has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that calls for the abolition of capital punishment, yet it has applied death penalty in 34 cases since.

Why is Central Europe leaning towards illiberal democracy? Interview with Czech author Radka Denemarková

"My biggest hope was that we would adopt the Western democratic values. Yet what we took from the West after 1989 was a model of consumerism and not a democratic...

25 November 2019

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

Advox

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

24 November 2019

Explainer: How a U.S. Act on human rights and democracy can protect freedom in Hong Kong

The US Senate has unanimously voted for a Hong Kong Act which aims at protecting the city’s autonomous status and its residents’ civic rights.

23 November 2019

Insights into Kashmir's crisis from a Kashmiri born in Nepal

Aquib, a graduate from Kashmir University, lives in Nepal for business. Global Voices Nepali Lingua talked with Aquib to learn why India repealed Article 370 which gave special rights to...

22 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

Advox

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

20 November 2019

Victory for transgender students at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University

Prior to this development, Chulalongkorn University had no official protocol for transgender students wishing to dress according to their gender identity.

Iran protests: Flying bullets and internet shutdown

The current protests are more widespread, more diverse in terms of class, and characterized by a brutal government response that includes a near-total shutdown of the internet.

19 November 2019

130 civil society groups call on Myanmar military to drop charges against civilians

"The military are the government’s staff. If they are doing wrong, citizens have a right to point it out. Citizens have a right to speak out,”

A new wave of pedophilia and child abuse strikes Pakistan

Despite the existence of severe punishments for such crimes, the number of child abuse cases are growing rapidly in Pakistan.

18 November 2019

Teenage girls want to help victims of domestic violence in Albania with new app

The app connects survivors of domestic violence to important resources, including shelters, police, and support groups.

Fear and uncertainty: The life of Georgians in Gali

For ethnic Georgians in breakaway Abkhazia, life is a bureaucratic nightmare.

17 November 2019

Iranian-Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani free at last from Australian offshore detention

"I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years."

15 November 2019

The November 12 clashes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: An eyewitness view

The Bridge

"Some of my students were tweeting things like “where is the university president, where is the management, where are the teachers?!”. . . I decided, Fuck it—I’m going to campus."

Your guide to the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election

On 16 November 2019, Sri Lankans are going to the polls to elect a new president. Learn more about the major players and check out our list of useful resources.

14 November 2019

University of the Philippines unveils new subject on the Marcos dictatorship to counter historical revisionism

The new subject can be a platform for the “conscientization” of young Filipinos on the importance of human rights, social justice and the continuing struggle for genuine freedom and democracy.

Hong Kong's university campuses turned into battlefields amidst a three-day strike

Clashes between police and student activists started the first day of the general strike on 11 November as some protesters attempted to create roadblocks to disrupt traffic.

13 November 2019

‘Brazil might not be a dictatorship, but it's not a democracy either,’ says Brazilian journalist

Mário Magalhães wrote a book about 2018, the year that changed Brazil forever.

Stubble burning and polluted rivers choke India's capital

This year, the Indian national capital region is facing a severe pollution crisis as smog grows out of control and toxic foam covers the badly-polluted Yamuna River.