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Cambodian garment factories improve conditions but rights violations continue

Photo Credit: Cambodia, P.I. Network/Flickr Conditions in Cambodian garment factories are improving, according to a new UN survey, but rights violations are still rampant. By Skylar Lindsay A recent survey by UN initiative Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) shows that conditions in the country’s garment factories are improving. But the sheer number of...

Indonesian Muslims protest against China’s treatment of Uighurs

Protesters, who are members of the Muslim Solidarity Movement, hold placards during a protest against violence and the treatment of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, December 21, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Novrian Arbi/ via REUTERS JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds...

Vietnam to reach new heights in 2019

This file photo shows the central Vietnamese city of Danang on 11 November, 2017. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP Photo) 2018 was a great year for Vietnam’s economy. The country’s business environment grew tremendously at the start of the year with over 26,000 new enterprises established. In addition to that, the...

Benny Wenda: The Indonesian president must immediately withdraw the Indonesian military from West Papua

Benny Wenda As chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), I hereby call upon Indonesian President Joko Widodo to immediately withdraw all Indonesian military personnel from West Papua. The world is currently witnessing the escalating crisis in the Nduga region as just one example of the deteriorating human...

Myanmar journalists lose appeal against sentence

Chit Su Win (L) and Pan Ei Mon (R), wives of jailed Myanmar journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone leave the Yangon Regional High Court on 11 January, 2019 after a Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal by their husbands. (Sai Aung Main / AFP Photo) Two Reuters journalists jailed...

‘Jokowi’s magic has now gone’: Prabowo ready for presidential debate

Jakarta: Terrorism, human rights, legal affairs and corruption will take centre stage when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his opponent Prabowo Subianto square off in the first presidential debate of 2019. Tens of millions of Indonesians are expected to tune in for the debatel, which will also feature Widodo's running...

Regulation seeks to end child marriages, but…

In this file photo taken on 2 December, 2014, children line up outside their school on the island of Ko Phra Tong near Khura Buri district, Phang Nga province. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP Photo) Local Thai media reported last week on the Central Islamic Council of Thailand’s (CICOT) decision to...

Joint statement of the 22nd EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January...

Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum annual meeting set to begin in Siem Reap

The Handing-Over Ceremony of Hosting Authority from Vietnam to Cambodia for the 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum took place on April 25, 2018. BAYON RADIO VIA FACEBOOK The 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) officially begins on Tuesday in Siem Reap and will focus...

‘Clock’s ticking,’ EU tells Cambodia as trade scheme under threat

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The European Union has warned Cambodia that the "clock is ticking" after it officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over rights concerns, paving the way for a move that analysts warn would be "catastrophic" to its economy. The so-called Everything But...