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Edition 3, 2020

Business and human rights in Southeast Asia

The Taliban is actively developing relationships with regional powers as it makes territorial gains in Afghanistan

As the Taliban and Afghan government begin peace talks, the Taliban is on the diplomatic front foot.

  • Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Abbas Farasoo and Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh

Learning to speak each other’s languages, again

Understanding each other’s languages and cultures will help overcome the vulnerabilities in Australia’s multiculturalism and its engagement with Asia exposed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19, women and digitised food networks in Jakarta: Inequality and resilience

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for informal food networks and the essential role that women play in creating and sustaining them.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19: The politics of local responses in Indonesia

Indonesia has been widely criticised for a weak national response to COVID-19. But sub-national governments have also played an important role.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19 media reporting in Taiwan: A proxy war over foreign relations?

Taiwanese media has shown political bias in its reporting of COVID-19 which indicates deep divisions over the future of Taiwan.

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

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.