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Stories about South Asia

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

20 September 2016

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

18 September 2016

Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper

"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"

17 September 2016

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Rising Voices

Do you use free and open source software?

14 September 2016

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Global Voices Advocacy

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor

One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.

5 September 2016

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

4 September 2016

A Muralist Is Painting Weeds Around the World to Represent the Margins of Society

"I don’t paint dainty little grandmotherly botanical illustrations."

A Poor Indian Farmer Carrying His Dead Wife Becomes the Symbol of an Inefficient Health System

"We live in a country where a journalist didn't help a poor man carry his wife's dead body to his home so that he could make [...] news on it."

3 September 2016

Body Shamers Beware: These Pakistani Women Aren’t Going to Take It Anymore

"This is us taking back our own bodies, and owning our own skins. We are enough. I am enough."

Staring Down the Barrel of a Pellet Gun Is Making Kashmir Blind

The brutal use of pellet guns in the unrest over a decades-long dispute over India and Pakistan's claims to Indian-administrated Kashmir sparks an awareness campaign that is just as controversial.

30 August 2016

There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’

"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"

28 August 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Rising Voices

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

27 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

Global Voices Advocacy

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

An MIT Lesson in Failure Helps Deliver Fresh Milk to Millions in India

"This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally..."

25 August 2016

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Global Voices Advocacy

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

24 August 2016

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

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