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17.10.2016
14 October 2016
Aun Chhengpor
VOA Khmer

Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said the situation is unlikely to improve unless Western countries focus more on human rights and democracy in their engagement with Southeast Asia.

17.10.2016
Liza Yosephine
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | September 29, 2016 | 07:44 pm
17.10.2016

BANGKOK — Southeast Asia is witnessing a curb on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and an overt use of security acts, said Professor Vitit Muntabhorn of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law, Monday at the 4 International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia in Bangkok.

17.10.2016

Manila | Wed, October 12 2016 | 09:00 am
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As the international backlash continues over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, the lack of due process and the consequent deaths of “suspects” in his campaign, ASEAN, along with its individual member states, has been characteristically silent.

17.10.2016

GENEVA (14 October 2016) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday expressed concern about a growing crackdown by the Viet Nam Government on human rights defenders, including the arrest this week of popular blogger and Government critic Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known online as Mother Mushroom.

14.10.2016

End judicial harassment of mining-affected communities in Loei Province

(Loei, October 13, 2016)—Thai authorities should protect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of two human rights defenders on trial for protesting a gold mine in Loei Province, Fortify Rights said today.

14.10.2016

October 12, 2016 6:00 pm JST

In the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is under renewed pressure to keep justifying its existence.

13.10.2016
October 10, 2016
Vietnam Arrests Prominent Human Rights Defender, Charging Her with Anti-state Propaganda
by Nhan Quyen • Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam)

13.10.2016

Monday 10 October 2016
Words by Malarvili Meganathan

Human rights advocates say ASEAN leaders are paying even less attention than usual to human rights concerns across the region despite their commitment to ramp up ties on a range of issues at this year’s leaders gathering in Laos.

13.10.2016

By Prashanth Parameswaran
October 06, 2016

As ASEAN approaches the commemoration of its 50th anniversary next year, one of the key things to watch will be the organization’s progress in admitting an eleventh member: Timor-Leste. With Dili’s admission gaining traction over the past few years, it is worth looking more closely at the dynamics at play.

Expansion in ASEAN

13.10.2016
Endy Bayuni
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, October 7 2016 | 11:29 am
 
13.10.2016

By Roger Mitton   |   Thursday, 06 October 2016

But many people missed it because they were distracted by more outlandish comments from President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who hogged the headlines by saying he wanted to copy Adolf Hitler.

20.09.2016

Jakarta | Sat, September 17 2016 | 04:24 pm

Indonesia has expressed its commitment to staying in ASEAN and contributing more to Southeast Asia’s growth and unity amid current regional challenges and concerns about Indonesia's focus on other international cooperation.

20.09.2016

Senate Undercuts Effort to Stop ‘Drug War’ Killing Spree

20.09.2016

Jakarta | Mon, September 19 2016 | 09:01 pm

Liza Yosephine

Indonesia is experiencing major challenges in consolidating national plans at provincial and regional levels in order to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the ASEAN Vision 2025, an official has said.

08.09.2016

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been hosting a gathering of world leaders this week as the region faces a raft of democratic, human rights and good governance challenges.

Here are the leaders of ASEAN nations and issues surrounding their rule:

Brunei

06.09.2016
Devina Heriyanto | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Mon, September 5 2016 | 09:31 am
06.09.2016
Marguerite Afra Sapiie | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, September 2 2016 | 10:21 am
06.09.2016

4 September 2016 | Author: Mathew Davies, ANU

Vientiane will host the 28th ASEAN Summit this week, with the summit documents rotating around the same themes that ASEAN has been promoting for decades: unity and centrality. The worry, both at the upcoming summit and beyond, is that there is little effort to put substance into these goals.

06.09.2016

Friday, 02 September, 2016 | 15:26 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said the Indonesian government will always support East Timor to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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