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Jakarta | Mon, August 29 2016 | 08:51 am

The ASEAN human rights commission found serious lack of goodwill to restore the minimum rights of religious freedom in the case of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin dispute.


By Shalini Bhutani on 30/08/2016

The founders of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) – foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, had in 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand created an organisation meant for peace, freedom and prosperity of the region’s people.


Natashya Gutierrez
Published 11:09 AM, August 30, 2016
Updated 1:18 PM, August 30, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – In a gathering in Manila of Southeast Asian journalists, many expressed concern and worry for the growing number of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came into power.


Nurkholis Hidayat | Jakarta
Tue, August 30 2016 | 07:20 am

Today, we see more enthusiasm for tax reform in Indonesia. Although opposed by some civil society groups, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration continues to push its fiscal framework reform — which includes a tax amnesty and more incentives for taxpayers.

August 29, 2016 8:30PM EDT
Fulfill Pledge to Criminalize Enforced Disappearance

29 Aug 2016
The relatives of former political prisoners who died in custody want recognition for their suffering but the government does not appear to be listening.


ON MAY 1, 2005, U Aung Hlaing Win disappeared from a Chinese restaurant on Yangon’s Insein Road. For more than a week, his family had no idea what had happened to him.

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