With up to 1 in 10 adult Uyghurs in China’s westernmost province of Xinjiang in re-education camps, life in the region’s internment system drudges on—arduously. Your mother is sent hundreds of miles away for burying your dead father in the traditional Muslim custom instead of cremating him. Your brother is sent thousands of miles away to a residential school for stuttering when speaking Mandarin. Your brother-in-law has saved up several months’ salary to pay smugglers to take him and your sister out of the country—if caught he may never see your family again.
The struggle to better educate the youth has yielded success in all corners of the globe and is perhaps most uniformly pronounced in Southeast Asia. With data by the Stockholm based Gapminder Foundation, this post delves specifically into the progress of strengthening women’s education in the region. Taking into account girls aged 15 to 24, the latest data comes from 2015.
With a grand total of 113 journalists currently in prison for press-related activities, the Chinese Communist Party has imprisoned over three times the combined total of all other nations on the map—that’s including neighboring communist Vietnam and Laos. Bringing population into light, China’s journalist imprisonment rate is 7.853⁻⁸ with East and Southeast Asia having a combined journalist imprisonment rate of 4.124⁻⁸.
While failing to wear a mask in close quarters outdoors can result in arrest in many urban international centers across the world, donning a mask while waiting at a bus stop in Turkmenistan could result in jail time.
Among the last three nations to report no COVID-19 cases, the Turkmen government maintains the virus has no presence in the country. Ruled by dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow since 2007, the government has gone as far as removing mention of the virus from public health brochures and pamphlets distributed in hospitals and school–just saying the word ‘coronavirus’ in public can result in arrest by plain-clothes police.