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Eric Paulsen is Malaysia’s new rep to Asean human rights commission

(From left) Eric Paulsen, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Edmund Bon at the appointment of Paulsen as Malaysia’s representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) for the 2019-2021 term. — Picture via Facebook/Eric-Paulsen KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen has been appointed Malaysia’s representative...

Myanmar journalists lose appeal against sentence

Chit Su Win (L) and Pan Ei Mon (R), wives of jailed Myanmar journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone leave the Yangon Regional High Court on 11 January, 2019 after a Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal by their husbands. (Sai Aung Main / AFP Photo) Two Reuters journalists jailed...

Myanmar journalists lose appeal against sentence

Chit Su Win (L) and Pan Ei Mon (R), wives of jailed Myanmar journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone leave the Yangon Regional High Court on 11 January, 2019 after a Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal by their husbands. (Sai Aung Main / AFP Photo) Two Reuters journalists jailed...

Myanmar court rejects Reuters appeal

A court in Myanmar has rejected the appeal for two Reuters reporters who were jailed for seven years after a farcical trial that has brought further international condemnation on the military-controlled country. The journalists were entrapped with classified government documents and found to be in violation of the colonial-era Official...

Asean meeting under Thai chair to discuss contentious issues next week in Chiang Mai

Asean foreign ministers will next week gather in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai to brainstorm on various vexing issues, including the Rakhine crisis, South China Sea, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and an Indo-Pacific Strategy aiming to maintain its “centrality” for regional security architecture. The January 17-18 meeting...

Duterte: Human rights groups out to destroy gov’t

President Rodrigo Duterte. AP FILE MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has accused human rights groups of seeking to destroy the government as they allegedly deem his administration as their enemy. In a speech in Dimasalang town in Masbate on Wednesday, Duterte slammed the silence of rights groups over the brutal...

An ASEAN Giant Mulls the Region’s Future

Indonesia’s former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa’s new book on the regional grouping’s relevance grapples with its manifold challenges. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Marty Natalegawa, a seasoned Indonesian diplomat who last served as foreign minister under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has long been regarded as one of the champions of the...

Former Secretary General of Asean, Dr Surin receives memorial award

Former Secretary General of Asean, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, received the memorable prize of the fourth Asia Cosmopolitan Awards (ACA) this afternoon in recognition of his contribution and leadership in promoting Asean integration and raising the bloc’s profile internationally. Fuadi Pitsuwan, on behalf of his father, received the award and thanked...

Too little too late: ASEAN’s role in the plight of the Uyghurs

Uyghurs sitting outside a Mosque in Shache, Xinjiang province. Photo Credit: Flickr ASEAN was not hospitable to the Uyghur population when they arrived as refugees. But as the full extent of China’s mass incarceration policy comes to light, ASEAN nations have the opportunity to make amends. By Oliver Ward “I have lost...

Singapore: End Judicial Harassment of Jolovan Wham, Respect the Right to Freedom of Expression

(7 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the conviction of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham for violating the 2009 Public Order Act. The case against him highlights the Singaporean Government’s tightening grip on civil society. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Singaporean...