Junta dodges succession issue 

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn appears to have shied away from the top job. Source: YouTube Hereditary monarchies are almost by definition unstable because first-born sons...

S’pore death row under fire 

Singapore’s continued reliance on mandatory death sentences has filled death row with minor drug offenders, argues Amnesty International. The report, “Cooperate or Die” said death...

Malaysia hunts NK envoy over murder

Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Source: Wikimedia   The Malaysian authorities have named a North Korean diplomat and a state airline official as wanted for questioning over...

NGOs call Myanmar to stop wars

Karen National Union troops. Myanmar’s rebel armies outnumber the government forces if combined. Source: YouTube A total of 22 humanitarian and development groups have called...

Amnesty condemns Myanmar rights record

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s most famous former political prisoner, is curiously absent from campaigns to end contemporary human rights abuses. Source: Wikimedia   Last year...

Widodo approves death penalty for paedophiles

Joko Widodo: Source: Kremlin Media   Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including the death penalty and chemical castration,...

HRW slams LGBT legal moves

Gay Muslims in London pride, 2011. Islam has a complex relationship with homosexuality. Source: Wikimedia The Indonesian Constitutional Court will hold its fifth hearing on...

Papua excluded from island group

Baliem Valley in Papua, Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia     The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), a grouping of Pacific island nations, has denied full membership to the United...

Duterte sworn in at low-key ceremony

Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in as president. Source: YouTube Rodrigo Duterte, the outspoken former mayor of Davao, has been sworn in as Philippine president after...

Hun Sen’s US rift deepens

Washington has accused Cambodia of undermining democracy after it moved to expel a US NGO and launched a clampdown on several media groups.  US State...

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