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Charles Santiago | Malaysian politician
27 Aug 2016 at 04:00

How did Southeast Asian identities originate? The  legacy of the 19th century continues to shape us more than we think, writes Dr Farish A Noor, host of the new series Inventing Southeast Asia.


Chheang Vannarith | Thursday, 25 August 2016

Regional strategic trust has been eroded. Regional tension is on the rise. Asean is at a crossroads as the region is entering a new phase of uncertainties with high security risks and uncertainties.

To survive, Asean needs to stay united and collectively develop its diplomatic stewardship to navigate through the waves of uncertainties and turbulences.


August 25, 2016 12:55AM EDT

Systematic Bombings Possible Crimes Against Humanity

(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces have committed an apparent series of bombings against civilians that may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today.


By Prashanth Parameswaran
August 25, 2016

As I wrote last week, while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was set to attend his first ever round of ASEAN summitry in Laos next month, there was still lingering speculation about the other Southeast Asian countries he might also visit as part of a wider ASEAN tour (See: “Philippines’ Duterte to Attend ASEAN Meetings in Laos”).


The “Annan Commission” should seek to end and remedy ongoing rights violations

(Yangon, August 24, 2016)—The Government of Myanmar announced yesterday the establishment of a nine-member advisory commission chaired by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to address the situation in Rakhine State.


RFA Wednesday 24th August, 2016

A court in south-central Vietnam's coastal Khanh Hoa province convicted two online activists of conducting propaganda against the state on Tuesday, handing one a three-year term and sentencing the other to two years in a closed trial, sources said.

Aug 24, 2016 @ 05:23 AM
Erin Hale ,  Contributor

Polemical teen vlogger Amos Yee plead guilty to charges of failing to show up to a police summons in Singapore yesterday, but still faces six charges of “wounding religious feelings” in a trial that is expected to wrap up soon.


Paris-Geneva, August 8, 2016 – The Indonesian police must immediately stop the judicial harassment of KontraS Executive Director Mr. Haris Azhar, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today.


(New York) – Malaysia’s new National Security Council (NSC) Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, is a tool for repression that should be immediately repealed, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should instead revise its laws to incorporate international human rights standards into the effort to counter terrorism.

Anton Hermansyah | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Mon, April 25 2016 | 01:44 pm

Excessive Penalties and Vague Terms Will Lead to Self-censorship


JAKARTA — Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today deplored the undemocratic process leading up to this Sunday’s referendum on a new constitution in Thailand, raising concerns over harassment, arrests, and intimidation of those seeking to campaign against the draft charter.



Sombath Somphone’s shadow continues to hang over Laos, with the rural development expert’s disappearance in 2012 still haunting the country as it prepares to host the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


July 12, 2016 8:56PM EDT

Junta Further Restricts Criticism of Draft Constitution

(New York) – Thai authorities arrested four activists campaigning against the military junta’s draft constitution and a journalist reporting on the campaign, Human Rights Watch said today. A referendum on the proposed constitution is scheduled for August 7, 2016.


Sunday, 10 July 2016 by shaila koshy

KUALA LUMPUR: There is not enough talk about the Asean Declaration of Human Rights in the region, said Malaysia’s representative to the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

“Malaysians don’t see Asean as something close to our hearts, as opposed to countries like Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar,” said Edmund Bon Tai Soon.


By jim gomez, associated press

MANILA, Philippines — Jul 7, 2016, 11:44 AM ET

The Philippine president warned a Chinese drug suspect that he may die at Manila's airport if he returns from abroad, in televised remarks Thursday that underscored the brazen rhetoric and methods he intends to use to fight the illegal drug trade.