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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...

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,...

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...

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...

Same-sex newlyweds in South Sulawesi arrested for forgery

A same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage. The Soppeng Police have detained the 24-year-old groom, identified only as MTR, and the 21-year-old bride, identified as MT, following a medical...

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...

Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions MANILA, Philippines – Initially scheduled on April 3 but postponed because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 has scheduled for...

Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World

In the nearly three weeks since videos surfaced of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, thousands have participated in the Black Lives Matter protests. In Los Angeles, Athens, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Mexico City, protestors have left their homes and taken to the streets amid...

Internet ban during Papua antiracist unrest ruled unlawful

The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled on Wednesday that it was unlawful for the government to shut down the internet in Papua and West Papua during heightened security tensions caused by antiracism protests in the two provinces last year. The panel of judges found that the government had violated...