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Wanchlearm’s forced disappearance ‘killed my youth and my dreams’

Four months since political exile Wanchalearm Satsaksit was abducted on June 4 in Phnom Penh, all that his family and friends can do is try to keep alive their dying embers of hope. “Seven years ago, during an election in Bangkok where I worked for a candidate’s campaign staff, I...

Govt expects omnibus bill to improve foreign investment, economic growth in 2021

The government is pinning its hopes on foreign investment and state spending to improve economic growth next year, following the expected deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation this week, the country’s top officials have stated. The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head, Febrio Kacaribu, said on Oct....

Is COVID-19 muting or fueling religious polarisation in Indonesia?

In recent years, much has been written about sharpening religious polarisation in Indonesia, particularly within its Muslim communities. Tensions reached a peak during the April 2019 presidential elections when the incumbent president, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), was backed by nationalists and moderate Islamic groups. His rival, Prabowo Subianto, drew strong...

Report from FORUM-ASIA Webinar Series: The Status of Human Rights in ASEAN during COVID-19 Pandemic

This report summarises the proceedings of the webinar series. These include findings of research into the experiences of specific groups as well as recommendations to be conveyed to ASEAN and its Member States. Recommendations centre on the need to respect, protect and full human rights as provided in international...

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GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office is condemning what it calls growing repressive measures by the Cambodian government that stifle freedom of expression and assembly practiced by the country's human rights defenders. Since the end of July, the U.N. rights agency has documented the arrest of 25 human rights...

Facebook prepares legal action against Thai government’s request to block group

(CNN Business)Facebook said it is planning legal action against Thailand's demand that forced the company to block a group deemed critical of the country's monarchy. "After careful review, Facebook has determined that we are compelled to restrict access to content which the Thai government has deemed to be illegal," a...

Will Asean end up going greener after Covid-19?

Green recovery. Social protection. Smart containment. Decarbonisation. Putting progress in climate action at par with measuring GDP. Creative capacity. These phrases have been running through conversations these days around changing Southeast Asia's template for development in the post-Covid era. While answer to when, and if, the post-Covid era will come...

Contextualizing women’s issues in experiences, literature

One main criticism of the feminist movement in Southeast Asia is its exclusivity, which has been dominated by the perception of the white, liberal biological female. During the Isyarat Feminisme Dekolonial (Gesture of Decolonial Feminism) session of the Etalase Pemikiran Perempuan(A Window to Women’s Thoughts) online feminist festival, which ran from July 24...

Massive student-led protest calls on govt to quit

As darkness fell at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, the numbers of student-led protesters calling on the government led by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit swelled well past 10,000. The peaceful but high-spirited rally began on Sunday afternoon and by evening engulfed an area stretching from the Democracy Monument roundabout, where activists and comedians...

Emergence Decree to be Extended, but Protest won’t be Banned

  BANGKOK  — The government said political gatherings won’t be banned under the Emergency Decree, which was extended yet again on Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved the proposal earlier today, extending the decree to the end of August. Government officials insist the emergency measures are for guarding against the resurgence...