Analysis

How to Control the Masses by Silencing the Press

Press freedom is at a low in Southeast Asia – and the region’s governments all seem to be following the same playbook.   By Emilie Lehmann-Jacobsen from the Diplomat   2020 was not a good year for journalism in Southeast Asia – nor for the entire Asian region for that matter. But even before COVID-19 entered …

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Biden Must Stand Up to China on Human Rights

The United States Too Often Finds Reasons Not to Act By Sophie Richardson November 27, 2020 (from Foreign Affairs) Raise human rights in meetings with senior Chinese government officials. Speak publicly and clearly about abuses instead of only to diplomats behind closed doors. Put the rights of China’s 1.4 billion citizens on the agenda in …

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stock exchange, financial crisis, covid-19

How human rights can guide the way forward

By David Griffiths, Director of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International 27 July 2020 (from Amnesty International) Most leaders know instinctively that they should never let a good crisis go to waste, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. When the public health emergency gives way to the looming economic crisis, leaders …

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The Long Arc of Human Rights

A Case for Optimism By Caroline Bettinger-López May/June 2018 (From Foreign Affairs) Does fighting for human rights actually make a difference? Scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and activists have asked that question ever since the contemporary human rights movement emerged after World War II. At any given moment, headlines supply plenty of reasons for skepticism. Today, the …

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The Long Arc of Human Rights

A Case for Optimism By Caroline Bettinger-López May/June 2018 (from Foreign Affairs)   Does fighting for human rights actually make a difference? Scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and activists have asked that question ever since the contemporary human rights movement emerged after World War II. At any given moment, headlines supply plenty of reasons for skepticism. Today, …

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Human rights: The voice of youth

KATRINA LEE-KOO (from Lowy Institute) According to UN statistics, the rights of youths are uniquely under threat. The 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council currently underway in Geneva is poised to adopt the Council’s second resolution on ‘Youth and Human Rights’. Australia has been vocal in efforts to strengthen recommendations for facilitating youth access …

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