May - Month in Review

Here's everything you need to know that happened in May, all in one place.

May - Month in Review
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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan / Image: World Economic Forum (distributed via CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Armenians take to the streets calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister after border agreements to concede 4 villages to Azerbaijan were finalised.


President Zourabichvili of Georgia / Image: Administration of the President of Georgia (distributed via CC BY 4.0)

Georgia’s parliament overturns President Zourabichvili’s veto of the ‘foreign agent’ bill that has been accused of stripping the public of their civil liberties, hindering freedom of speech and of the press.


Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has been killed in a helicopter crash, alongside the Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and six others. Many Iranians have been ‘celebrating’ his death, owing to his participation in nationwide corruption, economic mismanagement, and the suppression of political dissent.


Jordan obstructs a suspected Iranian-led plot to smuggle arms into the country for Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, who are linked to Palestinian Hamas.


Mob attacks targeted South Asians in student hostels, leaving over 40 injured and leading many South Asian students to flee the country. The attacks were rooted in protests towards illegal immigration, but the brunt of the violence was felt by legally residing students. Pakistani authorities have aided in removing their students from Kyrgyzstan.


Syrian refugee children at a UNICEF class in Lebanon, 2014 / Image: Russell Watkins - DFID (distributed via CC BY 2.0)

Lebanon cracks down on Syrian refugees as anti-refugee sentiment grows in the country. A report by Amnesty International compels those nations that fund the support of refugees in Lebanon to ‘ensure any funds…do not contribute to human rights abuses’, and warn that ‘Syria is [not] safe for refugee returns’.


The UN reports that over 3 million citizens have been displaced by the conflict within the country between its military and armed rebel groups. Young people have joined the insurgency in increasing numbers.

North Korea and South Korea

In retaliation for South Korea’s sending of propaganda leaflets over their border, North Korea flies hundreds of waste-filled balloons to South Korea.

State of Palestine 

As the death toll in Palestine rose to over 36,000 in May, the UN General Assembly compels the Security Council to officially grant Palestine full membership in the UN.


Ex-Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra

The attorney-general plans to charge former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with breaking the lèse-majesté law in 2015, in which he allegedly insulted the monarchy.