Rally demands aid for Kachin refugees 

Thousands have protested in Myanmar's Kachin State to demand humanitarian access for civilians trapped between government forces and rebels, amid reports of the military...

Smugglers given death sentence

Eight Taiwanese drug smugglers have been sentenced to death by an Indonesian court after being arrested with around a tonne of crystal methamphetamine, known...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...

Manila denies foreign crackdown

A Philippine presidential spokesman has denied that there is a crackdown on foreigners, saying that the ban on their political participation is in the...

Single Rohingya family returns

Myanmar says it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya of around 700,000 refugees who fled to Bangladesh since August 2017, despite UN warnings...

Papua rocked by killings, mass arrests 

Indonesia has released most of the 44 students and activists arrested last week at a Papuan university amid claims of large numbers of deaths...

Aceh LGBT lashings condemned 

Human rights activists called on Indonesia’s sharia-run Aceh province to release four people in their early 20s detained on suspicion of having gay sex,...

Clooney aims to free journalists 

Rights lawyer Amal Clooney (pictured) has said she will represent two Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar for covering Rohingya massacres in Rakhine State. Burmese...

Thai-Malay border wall discussed

The defence ministers of Malaysia and Thailand in Bangkok have addressed border controls, dual citizenship and counter-terror cooperation, with a short wall proposed for...

Critics rage at Duterte ICC exit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not effect the probe into alleged human-rights abuses during his so-called war...

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Rare good news for Asean media

Malaysia has repealed the controversial anti-fake news law, which has been widely condemned for stifling free speech since its introduction by the previous government...

Jokowi boosts budget ahead of vote

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo's draft state budget for next year promises handouts as he seeks a second term in the 2019 presidential election. The draft...

Vietnam hero turned dissident dies, 90

A Vietnamese war hero who later fled the country to become of one of its most vocal critics, demanding multiparty democracy, died this week...