In Kayin State, recent fighting between the Myanmar military and anti-junta forces has displaced thousands from a Karen village built as a symbol of peace. One year since the coup began, many have fled to the Thai border and struggle to find food and shelter.
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Artists Respond: Myanmar Fights for Democracy
Seven creators reflect on the struggles and hopes of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Myanmar.
Myanmar Activist: We Want Our Own Script
Amid the anti-coup protests in Myanmar, activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi went into hiding to avoid arrest. After years spent protesting her country’s military, she explains why current demonstrations must do more than just restore civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Indonesia’s Years of Violence
Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir “Romanticism in the Years of Violence” sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Putu Oka and Goenawan
Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia’s Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for “Indonesia’s Years of Violence”.
“Let It End in Our Generation”: How the Thailand Protests Came to Be
Thailand has seen massive pro-democracy demonstrations this year calling for constitutional reform. Thai news site, Prachatai, unpacks what is behind the protests, what is happening now and what the future may hold for Thailand.
The Silence of Myanmar’s Whistle-Blower Cop
Former police captain Moe Yan Naing has been showered with awards for exposing a police plot to entrap two journalists who uncovered a military massacre of Rohingya. The awards have shielded him from questions about his own potential involvement in the killings.
The Bloodied Arm of the Law
In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.
Thailand’s Defiant Youth
Amid an ongoing state of emergency to contain COVID-19, young people around Thailand have taken to the streets to call for Prime Minister Prayuth’s resignation and other systemic changes. Protesters have even hinted at their dissatisfaction at the Thai monarchy, a taboo that can have legal consequences. The latest protest held on 16 August 2020 is now known to be the largest demonstration in Thailand since the military coup in 2014. This week’s episode looks at what triggered the protests and the implications of a renewed youth movement.
“We Can’t Just Sit Still”: Malaysian Cleaners Protest Amid Pandemic
Hospital cleaners in Malaysia have faced decades of low pay, hostile working environments and apathy from their employers. Now on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, they are taking to the streets to battle years of injustice.