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Vietnam stigmatises LGBT children: HRW

Myths about sexual orientation and gender identity in Vietnam are fuelling violence and discrimination, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released today. The New York-based NGO’s study said young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Vietnamese citizens faced stigma and discrimination...

Coronavirus 1, human rights 0

Last week a Chinese coronavirus “suspect” in Myanmar was hunted down near the border with China.  The news story detailed the hunt for possible carriers of the killer virus with the emphasis being on the three suspects who were still at large. An incidental detail...

Indonesia and Malaysia slam EU palm oil limits 

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for around 85 per cent of global palm oil production, have accused the European Union of unfairly targeting the controversial product to impose limits on levels of contaminants. The bloc is looking to set harsher limits on food contaminants in...

Calls in Indonesia’s Aceh for cannabis to be legalised

Calls for cannabis legalisation are on the rise in the otherwise repressive Indonesian province of Aceh to boost development in areas where illicit cultivation is already widespread.  Indonesia prohibits the possession and use of cannabis and, under the 2009 Law on Narcotics, the herb is...

As Indonesian fires rage, government turns a blind eye to pulp and paper industries

The government in Jakarta may not exactly be fiddling while Indonesia burns, but a recent report released indicated that it’s certainly not doing enough to punish the pulp and paper companies complicit in the widespread environmental destruction. The report, released on January 20th by a...

Malaysia to send palm oil delegation to Europe 

Malaysia is sending a delegation to four European countries to argue that the palm oil industry has reformed.  Malaysia’s primary industries minister, Teresa Kok, said she would visit the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium and stress the importance of conservation efforts with forest replanting...

Indonesia axes deal with WWF

Indonesia has cut ties with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) amid claims the organisation overstepped its role and unfairly criticised efforts to control last year’s forest fires. Jakarta said it was ending a co-operation agreement that was signed in 1998 and was due to expire...

Top UN court orders Myanmar to defend Rohingya from genocide

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Myanmar to prevent acts of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims and to stop the destruction of evidence of abuse. The unanimous decision consolidates Myanmar’s pariah status in the eyes of the international community. However, the ruling will only...

Facebook sorry for Myanmar translation blunder 

Facebook has apologised after translating Chinese President Xi Jinping's name as “Mr Shithole” during the high-profile visit to Myanmar by the all-powerful leader of the dominant regional power.  Xi was on the final day of his two-day state visit to Myanmar marking the 70th anniversary...

Indonesia recruits fishermen in South China Sea dispute

Indonesia says it will mobilise fishing crews in the South China Sea to help expel Chinese vessels from Indonesian waters.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced: "There is no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty." The standoff around Indonesia’s northern Natuna islands – where a Chinese...

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