Deborah Augustin

The national costume segment of the Miss Universe beauty pageant sees women parading outfits ranging from the sublime to the surreal. Designing these costumes can be a challenge for teams in heterogeneous countries, but also a perfect opportunity for nation-states to engage in public relations.

Aisyah Llewellyn

Our final wrap for 2018: Myanmar struggles with its peace process, concerns over internet freedom persist in Vietnam, Singapore's civil society braces for a rough 2019, and Malaysians hope for progress after a momentous year.

Eléonore Sok, Monnyreak Ket

Cultural products, like pop music, might not be as overtly in opposition to the powerful in Cambodia, but aren’t free from censorship or regulation. After all, controlling art is one way to control the narrative.

Basilius Triharyanto

Bagi tahanan politik Papua, penjara bukanlah akhir segalanya. Mereka tetap berkomitmen untuk memperjuangkan kemerdekaan, bahkan setelah mereka dibebaskan dari penjara, sembari berjuang untuk membenahi hidup mereka setelah melalui masa-masa yang sulit.

Basilius Triharyanto

For Papuan political prisoners, being locked up is not the end. Committed as they are to the struggle for independence, many prisoners continue to fight for their cause upon release, even as they struggle to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives.

Zubaidah Jalil, Teguh Harahap

Singapura sering diperbincangkan sebagai sebuah keajaiban ekonomi, namun penekanannya yang besar pada meritokrasi dan kemandirian dapat merusak pemahaman seseorang terhadap sejumlah persoalan seperti ketidaksetaraan, kemiskinan, dan tunawisma.

Libby Hogan

Over 500 informal jade pickers have been killed in landslides in Myanmar in the past five years. Unsafe conditions in the jade mines continue to put people at risk, and families of those who have been killed say that independent inspections and better law enforcement are urgently needed.

Asrida Elisabeth, Febriana Firdaus

Human rights groups and foreign journalists are often barred from entering West Papua, allowing the Indonesian authorities to control the narrative. Local journalists are fighting back by reporting on human rights abuses, often at risk to their own safety.

Asrida Elisabeth, Febriana Firdaus

Di bawah bayang-bayang kontrol ketat militer Indonesia, sekelompok jurnalis di Papua menuntut akuntabilitas terhadap kekerasan yang mereka alami. Tapi pertautan politik di dalamnya membuat mereka kesulitan untuk mendapat keadilan.

Connor White

Sedikit yang diketahui mengenai Papua, sebuah wilayah yang umumnya tertutup bagi kelompok hak asasi manusia dan wartawan asing. Akan tetapi, situasi hak asasi manusia di wilayah ini sangat memprihatinkan, dan layak mendapatkan perhatian dari dunia internasional.

Connor White

Little is known about West Papua, a region usually closed off to human rights groups and foreign journalists. Yet the human rights situation in the region is dire, and deserving of more international attention.

Adam Bemma, Teguh Harahap

Bersamaan saat warga Thailand pergi ke tempat pemungutan suara pada 2019, NCPO (Dewan Nasional untuk Perdamaian dan Ketertiban) tampaknya menginginkan transisi penuh, dari petugas militer ke politisi lengkap dengan tuas kendali ekstra yang mereka pegang.

Jack Davies

The UN's contracts with a company belonging to one of Cambodia’s most notorious tycoons sheds light on an issue pervasive in many of the places where it operates. Staying clean often requires more work than the UN appears able, or willing, to do.

Aisyah Llewellyn

Among this week's round-up of stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Local police employ shamans to carry out exorcisms for Padang's LGBT community, a crackdown on independent media sites in Singapore, and rallies against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Malaysia.

Tiffany Teng

Facebook has been rightly called out for allowing violent hate speech to proliferate on its platform. But the prominence of the social media platform in Myanmar has also changed the way young people meet, connect, and fall in love.

Adam Bemma

With Thais expected to go to the polls in 2019, the ruling National Council for Peace and Order seems to want to transition from military officers to fully-fledged politicians—with extra levers of control at their disposal.