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22 May 2020

Stories from 22 May 2020

Burundi voted — but will the political situation change?

COVID-19

Burundians voted on May 20 for a new president, with official results expected next week. The new president will face pressing questions on international relations, media repression, inclusive economic policies and...

Why Hong Kong isn’t dead yet

The Bridge

"Today Beijing imposed the “national security” law in Hong Kong. It gives them broad powers to go after anyone they don’t like. Anyone who criticizes them. Anyone who disobeys them."

Slovenian protesters channel Katie Melua to explain anti-corruption bicycle movement

"There are 10,000 bicycles in Ljubljana. That's a fact. That's how mad the people are."

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

AdvoxCOVID-19

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID-19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

‘One Country, Two Systems’ on the line as national security law looms over Hong Kong

"Our way of life may soon be circumscribed but we will find a way to survive and prosper through this."

Support networks essential to safely leave violent partners during Ecuador's lockdown

COVID-19

"It is imperative to break the culture of silence."

Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact

COVID-19

Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.

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