Earlier this year, international attention zeroed in on Brunei and its implementation of the Syariah Penal Code. But the international media attention only focused on specific aspects of the SPC, oversimplifying the situation and neglecting to mention other human rights abuses and concerns.
It’s not unusual for there to be tensions and conflict within societies, given the variety of groups, interests, and concerns. Instead, the key is how we navigate these tensions, in ways that do not endanger or discriminate against others.
Majorities and minorities exist in every society. Why is it important to society to think about minority representation and rights?
How do some people get into positions where they have power over the rest of us? How does political power, authority, and force work together in society?
Many of us see politics as something that’s too boring, too complex, or even too dangerous to participate in. But what does “politics” actually mean?
Colonial era laws have been maintained and used to silence critics in Brunei. But it’s not just about the law; the entrenched fear of speaking out is so deep that people self-censor even if actual prosecution is uncommon.
Kia Nazary reflects on her responses to the 2019 Women’s March in Kuala Lumpur, and how important it is to remember to practise self-care.
The implementation of a syariah penal code specifying brutal punishments has thrust Brunei into the international spotlight. With Hollywood celebrities boycotting hotels and condemnation from multiple fronts, it is worth paying attention not only to those who are speaking out, but those who are not.
This week in Southeast Asia: what’s going on with the Thai election? Tensions run high in the South China Sea between Vietnam and China, and Prabowo faces new accusations of human rights abuses in Indonesia.
It’s been a big year for us, finding our feet and growing our platform. As we hurtle towards the new year, members of the New Naratif team pick out some highlights from 2018 that you shouldn’t miss.