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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...

Indonesian Ulema Council calls for sex workers and clients to be prosecuted

In Indonesia, the act of prostitution, specifically the transaction between sex worker and client, is not a crime, as the law only states that pimping or the facilitation of prostitution are punishable by law. But, in light of a recent explosive celebrity prostitution scandal, the country’s highest Islamic clerical...

Govt urged to stick to plan to abolish death penalty

PETALING JAYA: Prominent human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen (pix) has called on the government to stick to its plan to abolish death penalty in the country, and not to heed calls to abandon it. The Lawyers for Liberty co-founder said while public opinions were important when drawing up policies, human...

Cambodia’s ‘quiet king’ must find his political voice

The recent abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V after his controversial marriage to a 25-year-old Russian beauty queen has raised questions about the moral authority and responsibilities of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni. Seasoned Southeast Asia observers are asking whether the Cambodian ruler could be the next monarch to abdicate. There...

Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum annual meeting set to begin in Siem Reap

The Handing-Over Ceremony of Hosting Authority from Vietnam to Cambodia for the 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum took place on April 25, 2018. BAYON RADIO VIA FACEBOOK The 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) officially begins on Tuesday in Siem Reap and will focus...

Complaint: Indonesian mayor promotes anti-gay discrimination

A human rights organisation is protesting an anti-LGBT initiative by the mayor of the West Javan city of Depok, saying that he is encouraging anti-gay discrimination. Depok mayor Mohammad Idris defends himself against accusations of anti-gay discrimination. (Photo courtesy of Wartakotalive.com) By Lloyd Copper Mohammed Idris, the mayor of Depok in the...

With its $3.85b mine takeover, Indonesia inherits a $13b pollution problem

The Indonesian government has acquired a majority stake in the operator of the Grasberg mine, one of the world’s biggest copper and gold mines. The $3.85 billion deal has been lauded as a move toward resource sovereignty, but there’s been little mention of who inherits the massive pollution legacy left...