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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 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...

We are Still Here’ Freedom of Expression in the Shadow of Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’

‘The extraordinary thing is,’ said U2 frontman Bono in his first ever concert in the Philippines, as the last notes of ‘One Love’ faded in the background, ‘even Maria Ressa would say it’s not about individuals, it’s about collective action, it’s about social movements. So that all of you...

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...

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...

Share on Twitter Share via Email Print this page East Asia Pacific UN Agency Condemns Cambodia’s Repression of Human Rights Defenders

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...