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Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Bound by Travails
February 27, 2021

Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Bound by Travails

By Thusiyan Nandakumar
The February coup in Myanmar should serve as a wake-up call when it comes to Sri Lanka.

Is a Coup Worse Than a Genocide?
February 26, 2021

Is a Coup Worse Than a Genocide?

By Sebastian Strangio
The difference in Western governments' reaction to the two episodes suggests a misplaced focus on electoral procedures.
Human Rights Concerns Continue to Dog 2022 Beijing Olympics
February 26, 2021

Human Rights Concerns Continue to Dog 2022 Beijing Olympics

By Philip Citowicki
With less than a year to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the calls for a boycott will only get louder.

Reversing the Tide of Violence, Treading the Path of Peace in the Philippines
February 25, 2021

Reversing the Tide of Violence, Treading the Path of Peace in the Philippines

By Gus Miclat and Karen Tañada
After a promising start under President Duterte, the Philippine peace process has fallen apart. But civil society can help get things going again.

Sri Lankan Muslims Pin Hopes on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan
February 24, 2021

Sri Lankan Muslims Pin Hopes on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan

By Tasnim Nazeer
Muslims hope Khan will address growing Islamophobia in Sri Lanka during his visit to the island.

Japanese ‘Magnitsky Law’ Would Send a Strong Message to Cambodia’s Hun Sen
February 24, 2021

Japanese ‘Magnitsky Law’ Would Send a Strong Message to Cambodia’s Hun Sen

By Sam Rainsy
A Japanese Magnitsky law would allow Tokyo to develop a distinctive Asian voice on human rights and democracy.

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal
February 23, 2021

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom: A Rebuttal

By Yong-Shik Lee and Chan Un Park
Academic freedom does not protect outright falsehoods and distortions.
How Will China Avoid Consequences for Its Uyghur Policy?
February 23, 2021

How Will China Avoid Consequences for Its Uyghur Policy?

By Bonnie Girard
The international toll is growing. But the domestic consequences are what Beijing should truly fear.

The Military Tightens Its Grip on Access to Information in Myanmar
February 22, 2021

The Military Tightens Its Grip on Access to Information in Myanmar

By Emilie Lehmann-Jacobsen
To maintain the upper hand after the coup, the Tatmadaw is doing its best to choke off the flow of information.

Laos’ Pointless Election
February 19, 2021

Laos’ Pointless Election

By Mu Sochua
The country votes in tightly-controlled elections this weekend – but don't expect anything much to change.

This Is Not the Time for Foreign Governments to Stay ‘Neutral’ in Myanmar
February 18, 2021

This Is Not the Time for Foreign Governments to Stay ‘Neutral’ in Myanmar

By Kim Jolliffe
Myanmar is approaching an inflection point, but the window for meaningful foreign action is quickly closing.
On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom
February 18, 2021

On ‘Comfort Women’ and Academic Freedom

By Joseph Yi and Joe Phillips
The recent controversy over a Harvard professor’s article showcases how limited the space for debate and discussion on the issue has become.

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