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28.11.2016

So, this is not just about Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte -- a colorful “rock star” from some media view, fresh from his debut in the international stage -- being perceived as friend or enemy of other countries as he chairs the ASEAN Summit and related meetings of 2017.

28.11.2016

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNOV. 24, 2016, 4:30 A.M. E.S.T.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Hundreds of Indonesians, angered over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, protested Thursday outside the Myanmar Embassy in the Indonesian capital.

28.11.2016

(Bangkok, 27 November 2016) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), together with its member, Progressive Voice,[1] is deeply concerned over the human rights situation in Rakhine State of Burma/Myanmar.

28.11.2016

The Cabinet of Malaysia discussed today the current situation in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar and has decided to issue the following statement:

Malaysia condemns the escalation of violence in the northern Rakhine State over the past months resulting in the loss of innocent lives and displacement of people.

28.11.2016

By Reuters 25 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR & DHAKA – Malaysia will summon Myanmar’s ambassador over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Arakan State, it said on Friday, as protesters across Southeast Asia demonstrated against the rising violence.

28.11.2016

GENEVA (22 November 2016) - People from LGBTI communities around the world are experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including “rampant” social media attacks, as well as violence and discrimination, said a specialist on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people newly appointed by the Human Rights Council.

27.11.2016

By Reuters 25 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR & DHAKA – Malaysia will summon Myanmar’s ambassador over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Arakan State, it said on Friday, as protesters across Southeast Asia demonstrated against the rising violence.

11.11.2016

By: Blueisblue5 Posted: 11/10/2016

A majority of Thais endure tough working conditions. Source: Wikimedia

As Thailand prepares to crown a new king, there are few signs that the upheaval will bring democratic reform.

Instead human rights, freedom of speech and democracy, always based on relatively feeble foundations in Thailand, are consigned to memory.

10.11.2016

A United Nations initiative reviewing human rights records of countries around the world is indirectly strengthening civil society organisations in Southeast Asia by allowing them to participate in the process. But the groups are still blocked from ensuring human rights are meaningfully protected in their countries.

10.11.2016

Calls from diplomatic observers for an independent investigation into the human rights violations in Rakhine State is the latest development to surface in Myanmar[1] following attacks on border guard outposts on 9 October, 2016. The initial attacks, which left nine police officers dead, was immediately characterized by the Government of Myanmar as coordinated by members of an armed Rohingya group.

10.11.2016

Rakhine State, Myanmar - As the sun creeps towards its midday peak, Soe Myat Naing's house grows insufferably hot. Despite the stifling air, he dare not leave the safety of his oven walls and sits with unease, waiting for his cue to flee.

10.11.2016

From
Bernard Sim Kheng Joo
Published: 4:00 AM, November 9, 2016

The Association of South-east Asian Nations’ consensus principle has been unchanged since its inception, and members who have joined later know this too (“Can Asean overcome its deadlock over S China Sea?”; Nov 1).

10.11.2016

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08.11.2016

Rappler.com
Published 12:45 PM, November 08, 2016
Updated 3:44 PM, November 08, 2016

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Former president Ferdinand Marcos can now be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, November 8, cleared all legal obstacles to a Marcos burial, for decades an issue that has driven a deep wedge in Philippine political life.

08.11.2016

Communities from West Kalimantan call on Sime Darby to give them back their land. The complaint they filed at the RSPO in 2012 remains unresolved.

Bangkok, November 8th, 2016 – At a press conference during the 14th Round Table of the RSPO, a representative of indigenous villages in Sanggau, in West Kalimantan, called on Sime Darby to solve its landgrabbing issue and on the RSPO to improve the efficiency of its complaint mechanism.

24.10.2016

By Mong Palatino. October 18, 2016

While Thailand was gripped by news of the king’s death last week, another important anniversary had passed the week before in the Southeast Asian state. Forty years ago on October 6, more than 40 student protesters were killed inside the Tha Prajan campus of Thammasat University. The identity of the killers is unknown to this day but the attack was led by state forces and an anti-communist mob.

24.10.2016

23 Oct 2016 at 04:00
WRITER: POST REPORTERS

An online legal site offering information about the laws and regulations of the Asean member countries will be launched with free access early next year, Office of the Judiciary deputy secretary-general Sarawut Benjakul said on Saturday.

24.10.2016

NBC OUT
Oct 21 2016, 5:21 pm ET

Singapore posted new public speaking rules on Friday, clarifying that foreign companies and individuals need a permit to sponsor or take part in certain events, in an amendment that will restrict foreign support for an annual gay-rights gathering.

24.10.2016
News Desk - The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Sat, October 22, 2016 | 06:20 pm

Malaysia deported 78 Indonesian workers via the Entikong border in Sanggau regency, West Kalimantan, on Saturday.

24.10.2016

By The Independent - October 20, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR — It is a general consensus within the Asean grouping that civil societies should have a greater role to play in order for the Asean to guarantee the success of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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