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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...

UN Urges Thailand to Apply International Standards to Torture, Disappearance Law

The United Nations Human Rights Office has called on Thailand to enact a torture and disappearance law that fully incorporates international standards. The U.N. office said in a statement Friday that draft legislation approved by the Thai Cabinet “is an important step, but the approved draft lacks essential international principles,...

COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It

On the occasion of the 36th ASEAN Summit, FORUM-ASIA is proud to present ‘COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It’. The briefing paper is a synthesis of FORUM-ASIA’s documentation work, rapid assessments and salient points from the webinar series on the status of human rights...

Why are so many Indonesian children dying from coronavirus?

As Indonesian authorities look to ease coronavirus restrictions, doctors are warning that children seem particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in South-East Asia's most populous country. According to Australia's Department of Health, emerging epidemiologic reports on COVID-19 in children show that while they are less likely than adults to be infected and...

Melinda Gates Announces $30 Million Contest To Solve Gender Inequity

Melinda Gates is challenging us to solve gender equality and will compensate significantly for the best ideas. Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, and MacKenzie Bezos have announced the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge which will award $30 million for the most compelling ideas to help expand women’s...