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Lao Woman Gets Five Years for Criticizing Government on Facebook

Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also known by her nickname Mouay, was arrested Sept. 12 after she voiced her concern about the government response to flooding in the country’s southern Champassak and Salavan provinces in her Sept. 5 Facebook Live video.

Human Rights Talks Absent from ASEAN Summit

HO CHI MINH CITY - Much of the recent ASEAN summit was focused on political snubbing between Donald Trump and the region, an Asian trade agreement, and the South China Sea dispute, but one topic was not a priority: human rights.

Thai party that nominated a princess for PM has been dissolved

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)A Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate in upcoming elections has been dissolved by the country's Constitutional Court, in what could prove to be a blow for the pro-democracy movement. The court ruled Thursday that by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, the elder sister of...

Trade wars and human rights violations

The world’s eyes are fixated on Myanmar. Numerous online petitions have been set up among the international community to voice concerns for the Rohingya Muslims. At the same time, there are also online campaigns being run by people in Myanmar speaking out against the international media’s reports about the...

US-ASEAN Forum shows the need for concrete plans on economic integration and human rights

Last week in Jakarta, the US-ASEAN Partnership Forum brought policy experts, young leaders, and ASEAN and government representatives together to discuss the future of US-ASEAN relations. The forum focused on shared challenges, economic integration, development, and generating policy recommendations for both ASEAN and the US. The event was organized by...

‘Clock’s ticking,’ EU tells Cambodia as trade scheme under threat

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The European Union has warned Cambodia that the "clock is ticking" after it officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over rights concerns, paving the way for a move that analysts warn would be "catastrophic" to its economy. The so-called Everything But...

Joint statement of the 22nd EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January...

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union

The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country. The European Commission in Brussels has asked EU national governments to give the green light by Jan. 29 for suspending a policy that lets Cambodia export all goods except...

‘Jokowi’s magic has now gone’: Prabowo ready for presidential debate

Jakarta: Terrorism, human rights, legal affairs and corruption will take centre stage when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his opponent Prabowo Subianto square off in the first presidential debate of 2019. Tens of millions of Indonesians are expected to tune in for the debatel, which will also feature Widodo's running...

Cambodia ‘at risk from geopolitical manoeuvres’

Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) and Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan shake hands./Hun Sen’s Facebook Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh Post) - Three of Cambodia’s top leaders used the Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) to warn that small- and medium-sized countries were...