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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.


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.


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.


Sunday, 10 July 2016 by shaila koshy

Commonalities between NGOs and ministries Is there greater awareness of human rights in Malaysia since the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights was established six years ago? Could a regional court be around the corner?


By Vu Quoc Ngu, July 9, 2016

On July 9, police forces in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An allegedly assaulted a group of eight activists from Quang Binh when they came to the province to attend a wedding party of a local pro-democracy activist.


Khmer Times/Taing Vida Monday, 11 July 2016

The US Department of State has released a statement offering its condolences over the death of prominent Cambodian political commentator Kem Ley and urging the government to conduct an independent investigation.


BY RUPA DAMODARAN - 2 JUNE 2016 @ 11:02 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Timor Leste, which is eyeing the 11th place in the Asean grouping, has embarked on numerous reforms to accelerate the level of private investments into the country.

Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo said they range from regulatory reforms to enable the public administration respond to the demands of the business investing community.


THURSDAY, 02 JUNE, 2016 | 06:34 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Kuala Lumpur - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has proposed the implementation of an ASEAN minimum wage for workers in the ASEAN member countries to ensure equality in the region.

"It is very important to prevent unhealthy competition in ASEAN," he said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016 on Wednesday.


Details Published on Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:14

KUALA LUMPUR: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not undermine ASEAN unity as a single community, says Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said there had been much discussions within ASEAN to disseminate information on the challenges and opportunities offered by the TPPA.


Jakarta. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Kuala Lumpur, Lippo Group deputy chairman Ginandjar Kartasasmita said Indonesia's democratic journey was a strong plus for the regional bloc, as well as for the wider Asia region.


Iman Prihandono
Surabaya | Sat, June 4 2016 | 08:36 am

The basic tenet of creating an institution called a corporation is to bring more benefit to society at large. Corporations can generate economic wealth on a much larger scale than individual businesses.


By Vu Quoc Ngu, June 5, 2016

Vietnam’s security forces in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh  City and Danang and other localities on Sunday [June 5] arrested nearly one hundred of environmental activists during peaceful demonstrations which aimed to demand the government to be transparent in a serious environmental disaster in the central coastal region which has killed hundreds of tons of marine species since April 6.


By Aung kyaw Min   |   Monday, 06 June 2016

The monks vowed to continue protecting race and religion under the new government, while also maintaining the fight against citizenship for those who self-identify as Muslim Rohingya.


By: Carla P. Gomez, Joel Franco, Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas
01:50 AM June 5th, 2016


June 4, 2016, Saturday

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has agreed to allow more Cambodians to work in the country, especially as domestic maids.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen conveyed Cambodia’s interest to send more Cambodian workers to Malaysia at their bilateral talks here yesterday.


FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights and its member organization for Laos Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR)
Joint press release

Court Convicts Two Men for Attacks on Loei Human Rights Defenders