The stories to watch this week in Southeast Asia: another US citizen appears to have been detained in Vietnam, another massive earthquake strikes in Lombok, and read our LGBTQ stories instead of listening to Lawrence Khong!
Singapore’s Pink Dot Turns 10
Singapore’s annual LGBTQ pride rally, Pink Dot, celebrated its 10th year on 21 July. New Naratif plunged into the sea of pink to capture the sights and sounds.
Behind Timor-Leste’s Pride
Timor-Leste’s first Pride parade last year was heralded in international headlines as a major win for LGBTQ equality, but advocates and activists say there’s still a long way to go to shift mindsets.
Red Lines and (Self-)Censorship: Journalism in Southeast Asia
On World Press Freedom Day, New Naratif’s contributors highlight the obstacles they’ve faced working in and reporting on Southeast Asia.
Revisi Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana Indonesia: Politik atau Agama?
Dorongan terburu-buru untuk merubah hukum pidana Indonesia warisan zaman penjajahan menimbulkan kekhawatiran mengenai hak asasi manusia dan kebebasan berekspresi.
Indonesia’s Criminal Code revisions: politics or religion?
A hasty push to amend Indonesia’s colonial-era Criminal Code raises concerns about human rights and freedom of expression.
2017: Southeast Asia’s Year in Review
Human rights, LGBTQ equality and protections for migrant workers—New Naratif’s look back on 2017.
The Ongoing Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Vietnam
LGBTQ rights in Vietnam have improved in recent years, but traditional social norms and stigmas still make life difficult for queer individuals in the country.
More Dangerous Than Nuclear War
Despite historical tolerance of different sexual orientations and gender identities, Indonesian politicians are using LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue in their power play.
“A National Coming Out”: 10 Years Since Repeal 377A
10 years after an attempt to repeal an anti-gay law, Singapore’s LGBTQ activists are still seeking equality.