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We are Still Here’ Freedom of Expression in the Shadow of Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’

‘The extraordinary thing is,’ said U2 frontman Bono in his first ever concert in the Philippines, as the last notes of ‘One Love’ faded in the background, ‘even Maria Ressa would say it’s not about individuals, it’s about collective action, it’s about social movements. So that all of you...

COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It

On the occasion of the 36th ASEAN Summit, FORUM-ASIA is proud to present ‘COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It’. The briefing paper is a synthesis of FORUM-ASIA’s documentation work, rapid assessments and salient points from the webinar series on the status of human rights...

Why are so many Indonesian children dying from coronavirus?

As Indonesian authorities look to ease coronavirus restrictions, doctors are warning that children seem particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in South-East Asia's most populous country. According to Australia's Department of Health, emerging epidemiologic reports on COVID-19 in children show that while they are less likely than adults to be infected and...

Melinda Gates Announces $30 Million Contest To Solve Gender Inequity

Melinda Gates is challenging us to solve gender equality and will compensate significantly for the best ideas. Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, and MacKenzie Bezos have announced the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge which will award $30 million for the most compelling ideas to help expand women’s...

Same-sex newlyweds in South Sulawesi arrested for forgery

A same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage. The Soppeng Police have detained the 24-year-old groom, identified only as MTR, and the 21-year-old bride, identified as MT, following a medical...

Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions MANILA, Philippines – Initially scheduled on April 3 but postponed because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 has scheduled for...

Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World

In the nearly three weeks since videos surfaced of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, thousands have participated in the Black Lives Matter protests. In Los Angeles, Athens, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Mexico City, protestors have left their homes and taken to the streets amid...

ASEAN chair Vietnam proposes face-to-face summit in June: RI Foreign Ministry

Vietnam has made a proposal as this year's ASEAN chair for the regional bloc to hold a physical summit later this month despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has said. Should the face-to-face meeting be realized for the 36th ASEAN Summit – instead of a virtual...

Internet ban during Papua antiracist unrest ruled unlawful

The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled on Wednesday that it was unlawful for the government to shut down the internet in Papua and West Papua during heightened security tensions caused by antiracism protests in the two provinces last year. The panel of judges found that the government had violated...

Indonesia Deploys Military to Enforce ‘New Normal’ in Jakarta

Soldiers were deployed to the Bundaran HI MRT Station in Central Jakarta on Wednesday to enforce "new normal" health protocols as the government prepares to relax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said yesterday a total of 340,000 police officers and soldiers will be deployed in 25 cities across Indonesia...