May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting ...[read more]
May 17, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The UN human rights chief on Friday urged Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that he is "appalled" at reports of ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged the Indonesian government to halt all executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses. Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, made this statement in response to ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested under an Interpol warrant on Monday when he was trying to cross from Laos into Thailand. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a Swedish court in 2009, ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which reveal ...[read more]
June 4, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the government of Japan on Monday came to an agreement to increase efforts to combat drug and human trafficking in Africa and Southeast Asia. The agreement was reached at the end of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD ...[read more]
April 4, 2012
by Max Slater
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday agreed to strengthen human rights protections during its annual summit. ASEAN Chairman Hun Sen, who is also Prime Minister of Cambodia, proclaimed several new initiatives by ASEAN to protect human rights in southeast Asia, a region ...[read more]
March 16, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Jayapura district court in Papua, Indonesia on Friday convicted five men of treason for declaring the province's independence and raising an outlawed separatist flag at a peaceful pro-independence rally in October. The men include the proclaimed president of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, ...[read more]
November 19, 2011
by Julia Zebley
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Saturday that he hopes to visit Myanmar soon, after meeting with President Thien Sein. Ban also congratulated Sein on the country's strive toward democracy, as well as its naming as new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ...[read more]

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