Stories from 22 May 2020
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 impunity.
"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."
"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
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.
"Our way of life may soon be circumscribed but we will find a way to survive and prosper through this."
"It is imperative to break the culture of silence."
Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.