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Stories about Refugees

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.

COVID-19 on the frontline: Insights from an Australian humanitarian nurse

"there are areas around the world where people cannot buy soap and do not have access to running water. It is these countries that will suffer the most..."

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

India's forgotten persecution of Chinese migrants

"If this episode destroyed so many lives, what kind of chaos, let alone wholesale injustice, can we expect with citizenship laws and tests applied much more widely than in 1962?"

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

Doing journalism in a deadly narco state

"The country is in pain. Telling these stories means it’s also necessary to tell what causes them, but that’s just where more problems begin."

Subdued recognition in Japan for Sugihara Chiune on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.

From Cox's Bazar to Yangon, poets show solidarity with Rohingya minority in Myanmar

"Myanmar’s oppression dispersed our ethnic minorities, now our poetries bring us together."

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

From Indonesian exile to Czechoslovakian pop star: An interview with Rony Marton

Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

Inside the party membership scandal rocking Azerbaijan's opposition

For years there have been rumours that Azerbaijan's opposition parties sold membership cards to people seeking asylum in Europe. A wave of arrests suggests that the rumours could be, in...

As Global Voices celebrates its quinceañera, 15 ‘coming-of-age’ posts from the Caribbean

Happy 15th birthday, GV! The Caribbean team picks 15 of its best posts from 2019, starting with violent street protests, a refugee crisis, and an inspiring story of justice. Part...

Internet blocked as protests intensify in northeast India against the Citizenship Amendment Act

"India leads the world in internet blackouts. We all know what fascist governments do in the dark. Don’t be a bystander; speak now & speak loudly."

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

‘They call for my slaughter': Somali atheists living in fear

The Somali atheist community spans the globe, while many others remain “in the closet,” hiding their beliefs for fear of repercussions. An estimated 1.2 million seek solace online, using pseudonyms.

Disinformation and hate speech hide behind freedom of speech, says Slovenian journalist

"If you say 'I would put migrants up against the wall and shoot them,' a court will not prosecute you."

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."

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

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