The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights is often criticised for being ineffectual and “toothless” when it comes to addressing the region’s human rights issues. Representatives say that, while there has been some progress, it ultimately comes down to the individuals within the body.
Efforts are underway to get Indonesians to become more environmentally friendly and cut down the use of non-biodegradable plastics, even as businesses target Muslim consumers with halal-certified plastic products.
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Singaporeans sign petitions for and against the repeal of a colonial-era anti-LGBT law, the Vietnamese government hopes to set up social media platforms to rival Facebook, and the rupiah plummets in Indonesia.
Vaping may have economic and health benefits for smokers in Indonesia—but the government is unwilling to show its support.
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Arrests continue in Vietnam, an Australian filmmaker is jailed in Cambodia, and the Reuters reporters in Myanmar are still waiting for the verdict.
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Duterte goes on Facebook to prove he’s alive and well, Singaporeans worry about the leases on their flats, and a self-cloning lizard is found in Vietnam.
It’s been 30 years since the 8 August 1988 uprising that saw Aung San Suu Kyi emerge as the face of the pro-democracy movement. Today, Myanmar faces new challenges amid calls for transitional justice.
Cambodians will soon vote in an election that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s already set to win, but the real game-changer for the country is being decided behind closed doors at the European Union.
A newly released cache of American documents highlights how military ties between the US and Indonesia influenced the American response to the economic crisis in Indonesia.
Migrant workers are often seen as “transient” and separate from everyone else in Singapore. But literary activities like poetry workshops are helping to break down barriers and reduce segregation.