March - Month in Review

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

March - Month in Review
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Bangladesh inaugurates its first-ever mosque accommodating the transgender hijra community in a landmark effort to promote an inclusive society.


Recent multiple attacks on Chinese nationals in the northwestern province of Pakistan give rise to concerns over deliberate attempts to jeopardise the positive ties between China and Pakistan.


Georgia to propose a new law restricting LGBTQ+ rights, which may include a ban on sex changes and adoption by same-sex couples.


Changes introduced in the Citizenship Act cause widespread protest over religious discrimination against Muslims.

Protests erupt following the alleged wrongful arrest of Modi’s key opposition candidate and Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, for bribery allegations. The BJP is accused of corruption ahead of elections.

Save Democracy Protest Rally By I.N.D.I.A at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, India Source: @InOldNews (distributed via CC BY 2.0)


Elections on March 1st resulted in a historically low voter turnout of 41%, with conservative factions emerging victorious.


Japanese yen dropped to ¥151.94 against the dollar – its lowest in 34 years, increasing warning of state market intervention. 


Kyrgyzstan undergoes an ideological shift towards traditional norms as President Sadyr Japarov suggests boundaries must be imposed on freedom of speech to preserve security.


Cross-border violence with Israeli forces results in the death of 20 Israelis and over 300 people in Lebanon, while migration of more than 90,000 people to southern Lebanon.


Malaysian government accused of abusive detaining conditions of about 12,000 migrants and refugees, including 1400 children.

Source: Middle East Eye

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, during a press conference in Berlin, criticises the West for its hypocritical stance on Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire and termination of the blatant ethnic cleansing.


Image: United Nations Photo (distributed via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Asif Ali Zardari, PMLN candidate has been elected as Pakistan’s next president after securing 411 votes against his PTI-backed opponent Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who won 181 seats.

State of Palestine

Israeli relentless attacks on Gaza cause Palestinian death toll to over 32,000 with as many as 75,000 wounded. Reports suggest that the Israeli military is killing an average of 250 Palestinians a day.


Threats of dissolution plague Thailand’s progressive, pro-reform Move Forward Party, after the court rules that any attempt to reform the lèse-majesté law (in which criticism of the royal family may lead to up to 15 years imprisonment) would be considered unlawful.


The incumbent President Erdogan / Image: World Humanitarian Summit (distributed via CC BY-ND 2.0)

Turkey’s local elections dismiss the incumbent President Erdogan, as the Republican People’s Party wins mayoral elections for Istanbul, Ankara and nearly half of Turkey’s provinces.


Image: Dean Calma / IAEA (distributed via CC BY 2.0)

President Vo Van Thuong resigns over corruption allegations after only a year in office – he is the second president to step down in the past two years.


After almost a decade in a war-state, reports demonstrate that four in five Yemenis face poverty, two in five Yemeni children are not in education, and over 17 million people require urgent access to medical facilities and sanitation.