Stories about South-Asia

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.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

After disappearing for 53 days, Bangladeshi journalist is found and sent to jail

Fifty-three days after his abduction in from of his office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was found alive in Benapole, near the border of Bangladesh with India.

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region

Is India fighting COVID-19 the “mass surveillance” way?

"There isn’t enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to."

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

Support our work defending online freedom of expression around the world.

justice+matters

Learn why our work is important »

Donate now

Close