Brunei and Timor Leste have a much better global press freedom ranking than Malaysia. That says a lot about the Malaysian media.
Building a better Singapore based on social justice and equality – to achieve a fair and equitable share of prosperity – should be a priority, says Think Centre in a New Year message.
Independent women’s organisations and activists have called on Asean governments and the current Asean chair, Cambodia, to embrace civil society as a vital democratic partner instrumental to the enjoyment of human rights, reports the Women’s Caucus on APF/ACSC 2012.
The Southeast Asian grouping is moving at a snail’s pace in its bid to devise a human rights charter, writes Parameswaran Ponnudurai.
As nations move forward to develop sustainability, Malaysia and Indonesia slide backwards and continue to sustain a form of modern-day slavery, writes Tenaganita.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should set clear human rights benchmarks for Burma as a condition for its chairmanship of the regional grouping in 2014, Human Rights Watch said on 17 November 2011.
Kua Kia Soong shines a spotlight into the murky world of arms spending in Malaysia, a subject rarely discussed in the country. The recent release of a book by him questioning the way public funds are used in arms procurement is most enlightening.
As the Asean Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) met in Jakarta last month, the Child Rights Coalition – Asia (CRC-Asia) put forward a raft of recommendations.
The FTA issue is so serious; and the fact that the Malaysian government is taking it so lightly is alarming, says Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan.
The Indian PM’s visit to Malaysia was hardly a case of a foreign premier visiting a foreign land; it was more akin to a visit by a long-gone relative, coming home to say hello, observes Farish Noor.