Twenty regional civil society groups have written an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the re-arrest of activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger-strike against a repressive law.
The only standard operating procedure NGO activists should bear in mind is that, when they venture into the political arena, they should resign from their posts in the movement or NGO as a matter of course, says Kua Kia Soong.
The “impartiality” of NGOs in Penang, raised in an article in an Umno-linked newspaper that questioned why they have remained silent on many issues, has been rubbished by social activists in the state, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
When a government deems it politically expedient to lock up good men and women, it is high time we voted it out, writes Rani Rasiah. She goes on to provide a glimpse of one of these women, Sarasvathy Muthu, now freed but facing charges in court on 10 October 2011.