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14.02.2019

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The European Union has warned Cambodia that the "clock is ticking" after it officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over rights concerns, paving the way for a move that analysts warn would be "catastrophic" to its economy.

The so-called Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme allows Cambodia to export products other than weapons to the EU at reduced tariff rates.

22.01.2019

The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country.

22.01.2019

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, at the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

16.01.2019

Jakarta: Terrorism, human rights, legal affairs and corruption will take centre stage when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his opponent Prabowo Subianto square off in the first presidential debate of 2019.

Tens of millions of Indonesians are expected to tune in for the debatel, which will also feature Widodo's running mate, the Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin, and Prabowo's offsider, former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno.

16.01.2019

In Indonesia, the act of prostitution, specifically the transaction between sex worker and client, is not a crime, as the law only states that pimping or the facilitation of prostitution are punishable by law. But, in light of a recent explosive celebrity prostitution scandal, the country’s highest Islamic clerical body is pushing to change that and set a precedent that would see all actors involved in sex work criminalized.

16.01.2019

PETALING JAYA: Prominent human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen (pix) has called on the government to stick to its plan to abolish death penalty in the country, and not to heed calls to abandon it.

15.01.2019

The recent abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V after his controversial marriage to a 25-year-old Russian beauty queen has raised questions about the moral authority and responsibilities of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni.

15.01.2019

A human rights organisation is protesting an anti-LGBT initiative by the mayor of the West Javan city of Depok, saying that he is encouraging anti-gay discrimination.

14.01.2019
  • The Indonesian government has acquired a majority stake in the operator of the Grasberg mine, one of the world’s biggest copper and gold mines.
  • The $3.85 billion deal has been lauded as a move toward resource sovereignty, but there’s been little mention of who inherits the massive pollution legacy left from decades of mining waste being dumped in rivers and forests.
12.01.2019

Chit Su Win (L) and Pan Ei Mon (R), wives of jailed Myanmar journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone leave the Yangon Regional High Court on 11 January, 2019 after a Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal by their husbands. (Sai Aung Main / AFP Photo)

12.01.2019

A court in Myanmar has rejected the appeal for two Reuters reporters who were jailed for seven years after a farcical trial that has brought further international condemnation on the military-controlled country.

11.01.2019

Asean foreign ministers will next week gather in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai to brainstorm on various vexing issues, including the Rakhine crisis, South China Sea, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and an Indo-Pacific Strategy aiming to maintain its “centrality” for regional security architecture.

10.01.2019

Indonesia’s former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa’s new book on the regional grouping’s relevance grapples with its manifold challenges.

10.01.2019

Uyghurs sitting outside a Mosque in Shache, Xinjiang province. Photo Credit: Flickr

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