The Santan River was once the heart of village life, providing communities with food, livelihoods and social space. But mining operations have wrecked the local ecosystem, turning the clear river a muddy brown and pushing hungry crocodiles downstream.
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.
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.
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.
The discussion of inequality in Malaysia usually proceeds on racial/ethnic lines, but geography, history, class, and policies play a massive role in determining the opportunities available to a young man at birth.
Looking ahead at stories to watch: a tragedy in Laos, floods in Myanmar, and rain, rain, rain in Indonesia. Stay safe, everyone!
The third Union Peace Conference takes place from 11–16 July 2018. But with ongoing conflicts around the country—and a history of dialogues leading nowhere—things don’t look good for Myanmar’s peace process.
With Singapore’s first racially reserved Presidential election looming, historian Thum Ping Tjin observes that the government’s much vaunted “Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others” model of managing race has historically increased racial tension and strife. So why do they cling to it?
Sabah and Sarawak’s long journey to autonomy is one which even its proponents say is doomed to failure.