Opposition to the Myanmar junta has forged connections and solidarity as Myanmar diaspora communities in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as local activists in Indonesia, brave personal risks to speak out against the coup.
His father was Malaysian; his mother’s nationality is unknown. Xenophobia and a decade-long legal and bureaucratic battle stand between Wong Kueng Hui and citizenship in the country of his birth. He’s one of hundreds of thousands of stateless people in Sabah.
Without gender-affirming surgery, Lò Kim Thủy cannot change her legal gender in Vietnam. Without changing her gender, she cannot get a stable job or attend university. Without a job or an education, she may never be able to afford gender-affirming surgery.
Offshore gas workers in Myanmar say they want to join the anti-coup Civil Disobedience Movement and cut off one of the military’s main sources of revenue. But they fear going on strike will draw reprisals from management, or even the military.
CNN reporter Clarissa Ward’s shallow coverage of the Myanmar coup, her endangerment of her sources and her embarrassing rationalisations erode journalistic ethics and perpetuate the notion that brown people need a white saviour, writes Aye Min Thant.
Anti-coup labour strikes have set off a war of attrition in Myanmar. Will the junta succumb to economic deprivation before the Civil Disobedience Movement crumbles under military violence? Ad hoc fundraisers are fuelling the pro-democracy movement.
Singapore holds considerable economic leverage over Myanmar’s generals. Vanessa Chong of Fortify Rights says Singapore must block the Myanmar military’s access to funds that finance their crimes, and Singaporeans must support the Civil Disobedience Movement.
From colonial tobacco plantations to state sugar interests, indigenous farmers in one North Sumatran village have faced recurring evictions and displacement. Indonesia’s drive to become sugar self-sufficient has left them homeless again.
New Naratif condemns the continued harassment of Dr. Thum Ping Tjin and urges the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office to stop its politically motivated attack on freedom of expression.
Abortions in Myanmar are punishable by prison time, unless women can prove their pregnancy puts their lives at risk. The lack of access to safe, legal abortions forces some women to resort to life-threatening measures.