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Edition 3, 2020

Business and human rights in Southeast Asia

Special Analysis
Trump or Biden: The implications for Asia

The US is more needed but less trusted in Asia in 2020 than it was in 2016.

  • Professor Michael Wesley
COVID-19 Analysis

Vietnam and COVID-19: More Mark (Zuckerberg) than Marx

Vietnam’s success (so far) in responding to COVID-19 reflects both government and social resilience.

COVID-19 Analysis

“My kids need me, but we need money too”: Female GOJEK drivers in Indonesia

For poor women who work as motorcycle-taxi drivers, the twin burdens of care-giving and supplementing family income have intensified.

Look right: The conservative elites opposing Thailand’s protesters

Right-wing royalists and a bureaucratic and ideological system have for decades lauded the monarchy and rejected criticism as “un-Thai”.

COVID-19 Analysis

Governance or social resilience: Learning from Southeast Asia’s experience with COVID-19

WEBINAR: How Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam are weathering the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Analysis

How South Korea has kept the impact of COVID-19 on jobs in check

Women have been hardest hit by COVID-related job losses in South Korea, but the jobs market generally has been resilient.

Edition 3, 2020

Business and human rights in Southeast Asia

Pandemics, politics and principles: business and human rights in Southeast Asia in a time of crisis

It's clear that full implementation of the UNGPs in Southeast Asia isn't currently politically feasible.

Overcoming Oligarchy? The UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Philippines. 中文

Major human rights abuses and even business-related killings are widespread in the Philippines.

Palm oil, migrant workers, indigenous peoples and corporations: Responses of Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission

Malaysia's Suhakam plays a crucial role in promoting the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Obstacles to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia

There are persistent, and in many respects, intensifying obstacles confronting the business and human rights agenda in Southeast Asia.

Myanmar’s military: Its power over business and human rights and the UN’s Guiding Principles

The difficulties of implementing the UNGPs on business and human rights in a 'pervasive culture of immunity'.

Is ASEAN doing enough to address business and human rights?

ASEAN has taken steps to improve human rights protections, but its silo mentality is hampering action on business and human rights.

Business-related human rights violations continue unabated in Indonesia without implementation of the UNGPs

Business investment in Indonesia has grown dramatically in recent years, and business-related human rights violations have continued unabated.

Book Review

Addressing modern slavery, Justine Nolan and Martijn Boersma

Important insights into the complexities that perpetuate slavery in a contemporary context.