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Calls from diplomatic observers for an independent investigation into the human rights violations in Rakhine State is the latest development to surface in Myanmar[1] following attacks on border guard outposts on 9 October, 2016. The initial attacks, which left nine police officers dead, was immediately characterized by the Government of Myanmar as coordinated by members of an armed Rohingya group.


Rakhine State, Myanmar - As the sun creeps towards its midday peak, Soe Myat Naing's house grows insufferably hot. Despite the stifling air, he dare not leave the safety of his oven walls and sits with unease, waiting for his cue to flee.


Bernard Sim Kheng Joo
Published: 4:00 AM, November 9, 2016

The Association of South-east Asian Nations’ consensus principle has been unchanged since its inception, and members who have joined later know this too (“Can Asean overcome its deadlock over S China Sea?”; Nov 1).


NOV 3, 2016     

Published 12:45 PM, November 08, 2016
Updated 3:44 PM, November 08, 2016

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Former president Ferdinand Marcos can now be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, November 8, cleared all legal obstacles to a Marcos burial, for decades an issue that has driven a deep wedge in Philippine political life.


Communities from West Kalimantan call on Sime Darby to give them back their land. The complaint they filed at the RSPO in 2012 remains unresolved.

Bangkok, November 8th, 2016 – At a press conference during the 14th Round Table of the RSPO, a representative of indigenous villages in Sanggau, in West Kalimantan, called on Sime Darby to solve its landgrabbing issue and on the RSPO to improve the efficiency of its complaint mechanism.


By Mong Palatino. October 18, 2016

While Thailand was gripped by news of the king’s death last week, another important anniversary had passed the week before in the Southeast Asian state. Forty years ago on October 6, more than 40 student protesters were killed inside the Tha Prajan campus of Thammasat University. The identity of the killers is unknown to this day but the attack was led by state forces and an anti-communist mob.


23 Oct 2016 at 04:00

An online legal site offering information about the laws and regulations of the Asean member countries will be launched with free access early next year, Office of the Judiciary deputy secretary-general Sarawut Benjakul said on Saturday.


Oct 21 2016, 5:21 pm ET

Singapore posted new public speaking rules on Friday, clarifying that foreign companies and individuals need a permit to sponsor or take part in certain events, in an amendment that will restrict foreign support for an annual gay-rights gathering.

News Desk - The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Sat, October 22, 2016 | 06:20 pm

Malaysia deported 78 Indonesian workers via the Entikong border in Sanggau regency, West Kalimantan, on Saturday.


By The Independent - October 20, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR — It is a general consensus within the Asean grouping that civil societies should have a greater role to play in order for the Asean to guarantee the success of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

14 October 2016
Aun Chhengpor
VOA Khmer

Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said the situation is unlikely to improve unless Western countries focus more on human rights and democracy in their engagement with Southeast Asia.

Liza Yosephine
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | September 29, 2016 | 07:44 pm

BANGKOK — Southeast Asia is witnessing a curb on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and an overt use of security acts, said Professor Vitit Muntabhorn of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law, Monday at the 4 International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia in Bangkok.


Manila | Wed, October 12 2016 | 09:00 am

As the international backlash continues over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, the lack of due process and the consequent deaths of “suspects” in his campaign, ASEAN, along with its individual member states, has been characteristically silent.


GENEVA (14 October 2016) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday expressed concern about a growing crackdown by the Viet Nam Government on human rights defenders, including the arrest this week of popular blogger and Government critic Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known online as Mother Mushroom.


End judicial harassment of mining-affected communities in Loei Province

(Loei, October 13, 2016)—Thai authorities should protect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of two human rights defenders on trial for protesting a gold mine in Loei Province, Fortify Rights said today.


October 12, 2016 6:00 pm JST

In the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is under renewed pressure to keep justifying its existence.

October 10, 2016
Vietnam Arrests Prominent Human Rights Defender, Charging Her with Anti-state Propaganda
by Nhan Quyen • Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam)


Monday 10 October 2016
Words by Malarvili Meganathan

Human rights advocates say ASEAN leaders are paying even less attention than usual to human rights concerns across the region despite their commitment to ramp up ties on a range of issues at this year’s leaders gathering in Laos.