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As Rakhine crisis festers, ASEAN mus

On the last Sunday of 2018, acrimonious elections were held in Bangladesh with the likelihood of ripple effects on regional issues. The elections were the first in a series of similarly consequential elections slated to be held across the region this calendar year -- in India, Indonesia, Australia, possibly...

Vietnam to reach new heights in 2019

This file photo shows the central Vietnamese city of Danang on 11 November, 2017. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP Photo) 2018 was a great year for Vietnam’s economy. The country’s business environment grew tremendously at the start of the year with over 26,000 new enterprises established. In addition to that, the...

New faces for Asean human rights commission

The Government has appointed Dr Shashi Jayakumar from the S. Raja-ratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) as Singapore's representative to an Asean commission which promotes human rights. His appointment will take effect from today, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement yesterday. Dr Jayakumar, who is taking over from veteran...

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;...

Benny Wenda: The Indonesian president must immediately withdraw the Indonesian military from West Papua

Benny Wenda As chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), I hereby call upon Indonesian President Joko Widodo to immediately withdraw all Indonesian military personnel from West Papua. The world is currently witnessing the escalating crisis in the Nduga region as just one example of the deteriorating human...

Regulation seeks to end child marriages, but…

In this file photo taken on 2 December, 2014, children line up outside their school on the island of Ko Phra Tong near Khura Buri district, Phang Nga province. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP Photo) Local Thai media reported last week on the Central Islamic Council of Thailand’s (CICOT) decision to...

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...

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...

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...

Indonesia: Muslim Residents in Yogyakarta Saw Off Cross on Catholic Man’s Grave

A man takes a photograph of a sawn-off Christian cross on the headstone of Albertus Slamet Sugihardi’s grave at a public cemetery in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 19, 2018. Muslim residents were behind the cutting of a wooden cross on a Catholic man’s grave, a community leader in the Indonesian city...