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While liberals and liberalism are often treated as a bogeyman in Malaysia’s political discourse, a Turkish journalist has reminded that liberals have stood up for the rights of Muslims in countries where they are a minority.

The award-winning author Mustafa Akyol said Muslims - and other minorities - seem to love liberal democracies a lot, but only when they are not the ones in power.


July 12, 2017 by Eduardo C. Tadem


by Dominique Nicky Fahrizal and Fitriani

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia is facing several challenges in its ability to assist the Philippines in dealing with ISIS: legal ground to deploy an armed force, lack of knowledge of geographical terrain and limited interagency coordination and operation.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

PETALING JAYA: Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-Bac) Malaysia has called upon Asean to become more dynamic and realistic in the ever-changing global environment.

Its chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid urged the bloc to get clearer and sharper on the issues confronting the region, even if it is not capable of overhauling the way its decisions are made.


By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, Staff Reporter - July 7, 2017 3:03 pm

BANGKOK — The junta-appointed legislature approved without amendment Thursday the emergency decree that recently prompted an exodus of migrant workers.


By James Gomez
July 03, 2017

We cannot say that we were not warned.

During his campaign for the Philippine presidency, Rodrigo Duterte made his contempt for human rights and the rule of law glaringly apparent. He vowed to kill as many as 100,000 people – filling Manila Bay with so many bodies that the fish will “grow fat.”


July 04, 2017 by Truong-Minh Vu


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Judicial harassment | Thailand | July 5, 2017

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.

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U.N. Refugee High Commissioner to meet Thai Prime Minister


Published 6 Jul 2017, 12:19 pm     Updated 8 Jul 2017, 11:54 am

FEATURE | It is not uncommon to read about cases of stateless children in Malaysian newspapers. These children are not granted Malaysian citizenship due to a variety of reasons.


Fourteen Face Criminal Charges for Speaking Out

(New York, June 6, 2017) – Thai authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers who alleged that their employer violated their labor rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Proceedings in the case will begin in Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok on June 7, 2017.


By Lae Phyu Pya Myo Myint   |   Monday, 22 May 2017

On May 17, cities around the world celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

In Myanmar, where homosexuality is officially criminalised under colonial hangover law, Section 377, and where LGBT persons face discrimination and even violence, this year’s IDAHOT was especially pertinent.


Submitted by Eleven on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:15

The Nation/ANN - Govt opponents silenced as freedom of expression, particularly on internet, hit


Posted 22 May 2017 14:13 GMT

Head staff at two independent news websites in Malaysia are facing cybercrime charges for posting a video of a politician criticizing the country’s attorney general.


May 15, 2017 01:00
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EIGHTY Thai and Myanmar NGOs have voiced their support for The Nation journalist Pratch Rujivanarom, who has been sued by a Thai mining company over a report about the environmental impacts of a tin mine affecting local people in Myanmar.

By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley
Posted yesterday at 1:56pm
More than 100 men have been arrested for pornography, a crime that can carry a jail sentence, during a police raid on the Atlantis gay club in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

About 140 men were detained for questioning.


posted May 13, 2017 at 12:01 am by
Manila Standard

Now on its 53rd year as the country’s national association of newspapers, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) is holding its 21st National Press Forum on May 24 to 26 in Manila.

Themed “ASEAN@50: Beyond the Headlines,” the event coincides with the regional organization’s golden anniversary.


By Saw Yan Naing 15 May 2017

MAE LA OON, Thailand — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has invited refugees to discuss a voluntary repatriation plan in Mae La Oon camp, one of nine refugee camps in Thailand along the Thai-Burma border.


05/16/2017 | Press Release | Laos

(Paris) The harsh prison sentences handed down to three Lao government critics are a shocking reminder of Vientiane’s intolerance for any form of peaceful dissent, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. FIDH and LMHR reiterate their call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the three.


Laignee Barron in Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday 16 May 2017 03.08 BST

At least two dozen refugees and asylum seekers have died in Malaysia immigration detention centres since 2015, the United Nations refugee agency has told the Guardian.