Adam Bemma speaks to a Thai democracy and human rights activist about his arrest under the country’s lese majeste law and Victoria Milko looks at the difficulties of reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Victoria Milko visits refugee camps on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border around the two-year anniversary of an exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar, Kelly Anissa speaks to Malaysian students protesting against their university’s involvement in a problematic event, and Kirsten Han reflects on the state of dissent and activism in Singapore.
In Myanmar, the 2008 Constitution emphasises a “special place for Buddhism”. There were hopes a National League for Democracy government would promote greater religious tolerance, but activists have so far been disappointed.
This week, Victoria Milko takes a look at how providers are bringing healthcare to the Naga Self-Administered Zone, Adam Bemma speaks to Hasan Al-Akraa, a refugee in Malaysia who uses social media to provide support to fellow asylum seekers, Mark Tilly talks to Hanna Guy of sustainable clothing label Dorsu Cambodia about conditions in the garment industry, and Kirsten Han argues that the lack of information about the death penalty in Singapore affects accountability and debate.
In Myanmar—and across Southeast Asia more generally—women are generally under-represented as sources in the media. Efforts have sprung up across the region to address this problem, and through it, change the way in which women are perceived.