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18.10.2018

Residents queue before receiving humanitarian aid in Palu, Central Sulawesi on 7 October, 2018, following the 28 September earthquake and tsunami. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP Photo)

18.10.2018

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at a press conference in Brussels on 17 October 2018. [European Commission]

18.10.2018

New pilot project in poor province seeks to develop a national role model to combat abuses

17.10.2018

Bills to abolish the death penalty and the Sedition Act, two of Malaysia’s archaic colonial-era laws, are expected to be tabled at the current sitting of parliament, which commenced this week in Kuala Lumpur. Human rights activists have welcomed the move but remain wary of sudden political u-turns

16.10.2018

On Saturday afternoon, October 13th, around 50 women's rights organizations, grassroots organizations, farmer organizations and workers from all over Asia gathered at Padang Galak Beach in Bali, Indonesia to criticize The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a Balinese ceremony called Larung Ceremony.

16.10.2018

When Asean was formed on Aug 8, 1967, no one gave it much of a chance. Asean (Association of South-east Asian Nations), after all, was built on the basis of ASA and Maphilindo, both of which had failed.

16.10.2018

Disabled people in the country face barriers towards education, employment and independence. In the worst cases, they are locked in cages or chains in state-run institutions

As the dust settles on the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games, there is no shortage of inspiring stories.

13.10.2018

Arguably ASEAN can only do so much to influence Myanmar; China and India are well-positioned to do more.

13.10.2018

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance.

More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror.

10.10.2018

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy activists from more than a dozen organizations formed a network Tuesday to monitor and ensure general elections slated for February are free and fair.

Called Free, Fair and Fruitful Election, or FFFE, the network – formed during a meeting at Thammasat University in Bangkok – comprises anti-junta groups such as Democracy Restoration Group, iLaw, Start Up People and Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights.

08.10.2018

Once hailed as a global rights champion, Suu Kyi has fallen from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority

08.10.2018

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives to attend a World Teacher's Day event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct 5, 2018. (Reuters photo)

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