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Peace and economy co-related: Peace Commission chair

To attract more local and foreign investments in Myanmar, peace and political stability are critical, said Peace Commission chair Dr Tin Myo Win. 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...

Maybank offers female staff up to one-year maternity leave

Maybank today announced that it will offer extended maternity leave of up to 365 days for eligible female employees within the group with immediate effect. By NST ONLINE - March 8, 2017 @ 7:32pm KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank today announced that it will offer extended maternity leave of up to 365 days...

Junta’s grip tightens

As Thailand prepares to crown a new king, there are few signs that the upheaval will bring democratic reform. By: Blueisblue5 Posted: 11/10/2016 A majority of Thais endure tough working conditions. Source: Wikimedia As Thailand prepares to crown a new king, there are few signs that the upheaval will bring democratic reform. Instead...

As ASEAN turns 50, rights lag behind economic openness

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. Manila | Wed, October 12 2016 | 09:00 am Topics As the international...

Tax reform as new human rights agenda

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

ASEAN single market could be as large as TPP: economist

The integration of ASEAN ought to be more thoroughly explained to the people of Southeast Asia in order to speed up the creation of a single-market with the potential to be as large as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Anton Hermansyah | The Jakarta Post Jakarta | Mon, April 25 2016 |...

Timor Leste and Asean nations up reforms, push for minimum wage: WEF forum

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. BY RUPA DAMODARAN - 2 JUNE 2016 @ 11:02 AM KUALA LUMPUR: Timor Leste, which is eyeing the 11th place in the Asean grouping,...

Reintegration: the Forgotten Side of Migration in ASEAN

In fact, the ASEAN Community, specifically its economic pillar called the ASEAN Economic Community, excludes migrant workers from its blueprints to turn ASEAN into a single market and production base. By Tess Bacalla MANILA, Apr 29 (Reporting ASEAN) — Marilyn Sakiwat, 55, looked forward to coming home to the Philippines for...

Moving toward Decent Sex Work: Decent Work and Exploitation in Thailand (Sex Worker Community Research)

In 2016, Thai society is more concerned with addressing exploitation, reducing corruption and honouring the rights of the child than punishing the buying and selling sex. Most of Thai society may well consider exchanging sex for money to be immoral. However, we propose that the breach of some of...

Suaram: Monitor graft instead of transgenders

Suaram calls for stop to demonisation of transgenders and for LGBT not to be denied jobs. PETALING JAYA: Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community should be given jobs if they are qualified for them. Commenting on the issue of the police only accepting heterosexual men and women...