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Edition 5, 2021
If Lai is convicted it will serve as a clear signal to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement that Beijing is in charge.
Three experts on human rights and civil society discuss the situation in two countries which have seen recent democratic regression, Thailand and Myanmar, as well as the use of forced disappearances.
Given Duterte's open endorsement of mass killings and anti-human rights rhetoric, how was an alliance possible with the left movement?
Many Indonesian artists discuss natural disasters not in isolation, but in relation to broader social, political and historical processes and injustices.
If ASEAN is unlikely to see its way toward SOGIE rights, the arena it reifies arguably helps activists navigate strategies.
A discussion forum in Reddit appears to reflect the sentiment of people in Melbourne in relation to mask-wearing as a public health measure.
Chinese leaders have endorsed a sweeping economic strategy which will have profound implications for global economics and geopolitics, including for Australia.
Uncritically translating 'fa' directly to 'law' may may lead to social, cultural and legal misunderstanding.
Edition 6, 2021
Human rights and civil society in Asia
Many Asian countries still do not understand the nature of enforced disappearance, and often believe the issue is not relevant in their countries.
There are more than 27 million persons with disabilities in India and their rights are still not protected.
China is involved in historical denialism that enables the Party-state to continue human rights abuses against vulnerable linguistic communities.
COVID-19 may afflict without discrimination, but not all polities, economies and societies can equally withstand its damage and rebuild in its aftermath.
Myanmar's Human Rights Commission has been noticeably silent which raises issues regarding expectations of human rights institutions against regimes inimical to human rights.
The networks and solidarity formed by the democracy movement laid the groundwork for a prompt civil society response to COVID-19.
WEBINAR: The demise of Leftist political traditions has facilitated newer Islamic expressions of socio-political discontent.
What linguistic anthropologist Miyako Inoue did for Japanese women’s language, Maree has done for onē-kotoba and onē-kyara—the language of queerqueen personalities.