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· June, 2020

Stories about Weblog from June, 2020

Short film demonstrates what it can be like to be black in Japan

A boy must endure and somehow learn, own his own, how to deal with the racist taunts of his new classmates.  

Beijing's national security law to enter force in Hong Kong

July 1 is a day of destiny for a city that China is determined to bring under its full control.

Rift over Solomon Islands’ new ‘One China’ policy makes chaos of COVID-19 response

"I call on the government to stop dancing to Beijing’s tune and prioritise our people’s health and safety."

Mexican feminists and workers’ rights defenders faced wave of arrests in June

Various threats, arrests, and detentions happened in under 15 days.

Netflix picks up ‘Resgate,’ the first Mozambican film to appear on the platform

African productions are gaining traction on the platform.

What is it like to be a mainland Chinese living in Hong Kong and supporting the protests?

Pro-protest mainlanders get doxxed by hostile internet users at home and sometimes face discrimination in their adopted city.

In Brazil, COVID-19 death rate for black community is higher than for other populations

A study by Agência Pública shows that deaths and hospitalizations among black people with COVID-19 rose at a faster rate than among white people in Brazil.

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Protest art in the streets of Tripoli: An interview with Lebanese artist Batool Jacob

Batool Jacob paints on topics related to the Lebanese protests through a feminist and libertarian lens.

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries.

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

From prison to exile: An interview with Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga

A former prisoner of conscience talks about her experience after she was arrested and the impact her incarceration had on her family.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

Local media and politicians have distorted reopening policies in neighbouring countries for political gain.

Thailand's ‘youthquake': Activism in the time of COVID-19

Pro-democracy flash mob protests rocked Thailand in January and February. COVID-19 has shifted acts of resistance to cyberspace.

WHO urges Pakistan to reimpose lockdown after surge in cases

Pakistan has implemented new lockdown restrictions after a letter from the WHO urged the country to improve testing and control outbreak numbers.

People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda

In Uganda, the needs of marginalized people — especially those of persons with disabilities — were conspicuously absent in President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives.

In the wake of Black Lives Matter's protests, death of black 5-year-old becomes symbol of Brazil's racism and inequality

Miguel plunged from the ninth floor of a building while under the care of his mother’s white employer

Wikipedia project boosts Taiwan's hundreds-strong Sakizaya-speaking community

Along with six other indigenous languages in Taiwan, Sakizaya is classified as “critically endangered” by UNESCO.

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