My long-time readers will know that I was working in Kathmandu with Himal Southasian for about a year. I’m no longer based in Kathmandu, but I am still working with Himal, off-site.
Himal has just launched its long-planned ‘Blacklist’:
‘Southasian governments regularly misuse their discretionary visa allotment powers to keep out those they consider ‘undesirable’ – such as critical journalists, scholars, and activists. This practice is more widespread than is recognised, even in countries with a liberal image, as individual cases fall through the cracks and disappear. With our ‘Blacklist’, we endeavour to collate, track, expose and challenge this process. We see this as a collaborative effort; contact us whenever and wherever you come across any such instances. You can send the information anonymously, but it must be corroborated in some way.’