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Friday, 14 April 2017
by Rashvinjeet S. Bedi

MOHAMED Jamal Ali, fled his home in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2012 to escape a civil war that has killed thousands so far and displaced many more.


By Amy Sawitta Lefevre on 18/04/2017 • Leave a comment

Bangkok: Opponents of Thailand’s military government expressed fears for the future of democracy on Monday after the mysterious removal of a plaque marking a 1932 revolution that ended absolute monarchy.


By Asian Correspondent Staff | 11th April 2017 | @ascorrespondent

VIETNAM has secretly been the world’s third largest executioner over the last three years, executing 429 people between August 2013 and June 2016, Amnesty International has discovered.

Only China and Iran executed more people during that time, Amnesty’s 2016 global review of the death penalty revealed on Tuesday.

Marguerite Afra Sapiie | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, April 18, 2017 | 09:33 pm

By Ge Hongliang/Global Times
On Monday, 17 April 2017


Jakarta | Tue, April 18, 2017 | 10:12 am

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) approaches its 50th anniversary this year, a momentous milestone, the region is at a crossroads more than ever on several fronts, including the rights, health and wellbeing of millions of women and girls.


By Hannah Koh
Wednesday 12 April 2017

The debate surrounding the palm oil sector’s sustainability is moving from the environment to focusing on social issues, say industry practitioners at a conference in Singapore last week.


PUBLISHED ON SUN, APR 16, 2017 7:02 AM


WHILE Asean has liberated the free flow of skilled workers in the region and is considering human rights protection for migrants, Filipino workers have found themselves under threat of law enforcement in Thailand.


Monday, 17 April 2017 | 09:30 WIB

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce more than 80% of the world's palm oil, are resisting proposals by European parliamentarians that could limit their access to the second biggest palm oil market after India.


Posted April 5th, 2017  •  Posted in Reports  •  Author: Joint Strategy Team


Wed, 12 April 2017
Ananth Baliga and Chhay Channyda

The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday issued a scathing and wide-ranging rebuttal to longstanding accusations of human rights violations and political persecution, calling these allegations a campaign of misinformation led by foreign governments and institutions, particularly the United States, bent on regime change.


Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty | Monday 20 March 2017 03.45 GMT

A former revolutionary hero is expected to become Timor-Leste’s next president as voters head to the polls in the country’s first election since the departure of United Nations peacekeepers in 2012.


By Jonas Guterres
April 07, 2017

Corruption is a complex global problem that creates high obstacles to sustainable and prospective development and impairs the social, political, and institutional condition of a nation. Generally speaking corruption is understood, in Transparency International’s words, as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gains.”


By Taylor McDonald - 2017-04-10

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said a gang of vigilantes burst into a Sumatran home last month and brought two men found there to the police for alleged homosexuality. The pair, in their 20s, have been held at a Wilayatul Hisbah, a Sharia police station in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

The chief inspector said they had confessed to being gay and would face sentencing.


23 March 2017 | Hul Reaksmey | VOA Khmer

PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government has called on Asean lawmakers to stay out of its internal affairs after a report by a group of Southeast Asian MPs labeled political developments in Cambodia the “death knell for democracy.”


World News | Thu Apr 6, 2017 | 11:06am EDT

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat | BANGKOK

Thailand will hold an election within the 19-month timeframe prescribed in the country's new constitution, now signed into law by the king, but an exact date has yet to be set, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.



MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar — The scene would have been unlikely a year ago. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets to protest a decision by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to name a new bridge for her father.

“Recognize the will of the local ethnic people,” protesters chanted last month as they marched along the waterfront of this historic city in southern Myanmar.


By MarEx 2017-04-09 04:42:57

Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos cross the border into Thailand each year. They trade poverty at home for the possibility of relative prosperity abroad. A Thai proverb – escaping from the tiger, then meeting the crocodile – describes the fate of many.


By Su Phyo Win   |   Monday, 10 April 2017

“It is fundamental. Business is essential for peace and peace is also critical in encouraging business growth. They are co-related.

Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, April 7, 2017 | 01:37 pm