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Myanmar internet providers block Facebook services after government order

(Reuters) - Internet providers in Myanmar including state-owned telecom MPT were blocking access to Facebook Inc-owned services in the country on Thursday, days after military leaders seized power in a coup. A letter posted online by the Ministry of Communications and Information overnight said Facebook would be blocked until Feb....

Myanmar military should end its use of violence and respect democracy

Myanmar military should end its use of violence and respect democracy The undersigned groups today denounced an apparent coup in Myanmar, and associated violence, which has suspended civilian government and effectively returned full power to the military. On 1 February, the military arbitrarily detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and...

Human rights the Malaysian way

The recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticising Malaysia on a number of fronts, unfortunately, reveals yet again that human rights advocacy in the West all too often reflects an antiquated colonialist mindset; that of the wise teacher to the ignorant pupil, the civilised to the primitive, the...

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised “great concern” over the recent developments, his spokesperson said. More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a possible coup. Myanmar is just a...

Thai Woman Gets 43-Year Jail Term For Lese Majeste

A Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family was jailed Tuesday for more than 43 years, a legal rights group said, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the country’s strict lese majeste laws. The verdict comes as Thailand ramps up its use of the controversial legislation against democracy...

ASEAN’s Migrant Worker Clusters

On 18 December 2020, Thailand had recorded over 4,000 cases with 60 deaths related to COVID-19. Today, the kingdom has reported 12,423 cases and 70 deaths to date – a nearly 300 percent increase in just 30 days. Nevertheless, the number of infected migrant workers could in fact be...

Health Security, Economic Recovery Among Indonesia’s 2021 Diplomatic Priorities

BY :JAYANTY NADA SHOFA JANUARY 06, 2021 Jakarta. Building resilient national health security and strengthening ties for economic recovery are among Indonesia’s five diplomatic priorities in 2021, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. The minister kicked off 2021 by announcing Indonesia’s diplomatic agenda for the year ahead. With the Covid-19 pandemic...

Kirin beer can’t tell if it’s funding the Myanmar military; Critics raise questions

Japanese beer conglomerate Kirin says an investigation by Deloitte was unable to determine if the company has been funding the Myanmar military through its joint ownership of domestic beer companies. Critics say Kirin has been complicit in human rights abuses by partnering with a Myanmar military-owned company. Editorial Japanese beer corporation...

RCEP: China to gain as trade pact ripples across post-COVID world

SINGAPORE -- About two weeks after China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade megadeal with 14 other Asia-Pacific economies, Premier Li Keqiang stressed the need to walk the talk. "As a member of the RCEP, our country should actively promote the implementation of the agreement with our own actions,...

Report on the ACWC+10: Assessing the Commission’s Impact on Protecting Women and Children’s Rights in ASEAN

As part of its advocacy on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) human rights mechanisms, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Solidarity for ASEAN People’s Advocacy (SAPA) produce an annual assessment of the performance of the ASEAN human rights mechanisms: the ASEAN Intergovernmental...