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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, Myanmar to formalise cooperation on refugee repatriation

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi (front) arrives at Sittwe Airport in Rakhine State on Monday. Photo: EPA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the government on Tuesday discussed the Terms of Reference (ToR) that will formalise their cooperation in the repatriation of...

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...

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...

Asean ministers seek ‘comprehensive’ Rohingya plan

Asean foreign ministers will meet in Chiang Mai next week or their annual retreat. Foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian Nations will call for a "comprehensive and durable" solution to the when they meet informally for their annual retreat in Chiang Mai later this month, according to a draft of...

YSEALI alumni launch online network to connect, empower ASEAN women

Website aims to bring together female leaders across ASEAN to tackle regional issues From L-R: Daniel Lee, public affairs officer at the US Embassy in Brunei; Aimi Ramlee, YSEALI Women Country Lead for Brunei and co-founder of Tyne Solutions; Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman, member of Brunei’s Legislative Council;...

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...

Groups warn Indonesia app ‘risks worsening’ religious intolerance

App allowing public report suspected heretical beliefs raises fears it may lead to increased persecution of minorities. The Smart Pakem app has been downloaded more than 1,000 times since its launch last month Medan, Indonesia - Indonesian human rights lawyer Ranto Sibarani is trying to remain optimistic. His client, Meiliana, a...

Cambodian garment factories improve conditions but rights violations continue

Photo Credit: Cambodia, P.I. Network/Flickr Conditions in Cambodian garment factories are improving, according to a new UN survey, but rights violations are still rampant. By Skylar Lindsay A recent survey by UN initiative Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) shows that conditions in the country’s garment factories are improving. But the sheer number of...

Indonesian Muslims protest against China’s treatment of Uighurs

Protesters, who are members of the Muslim Solidarity Movement, hold placards during a protest against violence and the treatment of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, December 21, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Novrian Arbi/ via REUTERS JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds...