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· September, 2017

Stories about South Asia from September, 2017

29 September 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

Sri Lanka Condemns Mob Attack Against Rohingya Refugees by Buddhist Monks

"I condemn these actions as a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence & compassion."

27 September 2017

The Unsung Heroes of the 2017 Floods in Mumbai, India

"...I want to ask this government, is the cleanliness of the streets the only important thing? What about the people who do this work?”

15 September 2017

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Global Voices Advocacy

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

14 September 2017

The Indigenous Tharu People of Nepal Risk Losing Their Once-Mandatory Art of Tattooing

We don't take anything with us when we die, but I will take these tattoos. It is a gift of this life and this nature to take to my afterlife.

13 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

8 September 2017

The Population of Nepal’s Naumuthe Cow, One of the World’s Smallest Cattle Breeds, Is Dwindling

There are only 447 individuals of the Achhami cattle breed left.

As Myanmar Violence Spikes, Why Is India Threatening to Deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims?

"Surely Modi's government must know of the terrible suffering these Rohingya have fled from."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Global Voices Advocacy

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

Scenes From the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border, Where Rohingya Refugees Are Seeking Refuge From Violence

"...at least few more hours of walk[ing] before they can rest and maybe one kind villager will show up and offer them some food and some water."

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Global Voices Advocacy

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

5 September 2017

A Hashtag Pokes Fun at the Shared Quirks Among Bangladeshis

"You can move an elephant/hippo/rhino with the horns of your car, but not me. #IAmBangladeshi"

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