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2021/01/28 | Voice of America

As China’s  Gig Economy Booms, Concerns Grow Over Worker Protections

A Chinese food delivery worker set himself on fire to protest unpaid wages. With spotlight on their working conditions, China's gig workers are unlikely to get the legal aid to defend their rights.

2021/06/22 | Deutsche Welle

Philippines: Families of War on Drugs Victims Welcome ICC Probe

“This is the fight of all those families who lost someone they loved in this drug war — especially those whose deaths were undocumented,” says one woman who found the body of her stepson with five gunshot wounds.

2021/04/15 | The Interpreter

Thailand’s Sweeping Associations Law Courts Disaster

Draft legislation to strictly control all kinds of groups could crush civil society and drive out foreign organizations.

2021/09/09 | Voice of America

South Korea Fights ‘Fake News,’ but Critics Claim It’s Gagging the Press

A proposed revision to the Press Arbitration Act, backed by South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, would significantly expand the ability of courts to punish accredited reporters and media outlets deemed to have intentionally published false information.

2021/03/08 | Voice of America

Myanmar: Trade Unions Call for Economic ‘Shut Down’ in Protest of Junta

The call to shut down the economy comes after bloody crackdowns on protesters and military occupation of hospitals in Yangon.

2021/06/04 | Deutsche Welle

Tiananmen Vigil Ban: Hong Kong Activists Lament Worsening Freedom in City

After authorities banned an annual vigil to commemorate the victims of China’s deadly Tiananmen Square massacre, Hong Kong activists at home and abroad are seeking ways to keep the tradition alive.

2021/08/02 | Voice of America

Myanmar Junta Forms Caretaker Government; Min Aung Hlaing is Prime Minister

6 months after coup, Myanmar military leader claims both recommitment to elections as well as working with ASEAN representatives.

2021/08/19 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Will The Army’s Ban on ‘Virginity Tests’ Last?

The Indonesian army says it will no longer conduct virginity tests on women applying to join the forces, but there are worries that the ban might not last long.

2021/08/31 | Voice of America

In Thailand, Aerospace Engineers Turn Their Skills to Covid-19

With the virus pushing Bangkok’s hospitals to the brink, a new website is connecting the sick with people willing to assist.

2021/06/30 | Voice of America

Thailand Migrant Workers Sign Contracts They Don’t Understand, Undercutting Efforts to Stop Abuses

Thailand is one of the world’s largest fish and seafood producers, boasting global brands that include John West and Chicken of the Sea, but still struggles with upholding migrant worker rights.

2021/08/06 | Deutsche Welle

US Announces Temporary 'Safe Haven' for Hong Kong Residents

U.S. President Joe Biden said the "significant erosion" of rights and "politically motivated arrests" were behind the move. Hong Kong residents in the U.S. can now extend their stay.

2021/09/15 | The Interpreter

US Engagement in Southeast Asia: How Much Will Be Enough?

Complaints about America’s attention to the region need to be put in proper context.

2021/12/06 | Voice of America

Journalists Work Clandestinely in Post-Coup Myanmar

“The biggest challenge is trying to practice ethical journalism at this critical time. If we write about revolutionary forces, the military will arrest us. Pro-revolutionary forces also label us pro-military media while reporting on military matters.”

2021/04/16 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Activists Jailed for Illegal Assembly

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those sentenced for their role in a pro-democracy march in 2019. The defendants were found guilty this month of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies.

2021/10/25 | Voice of America

Thai Water Project Clears Major Hurdle After China Shows Interest

The Thai government has approved a crucial environmental impact assessment for the Yuam River water diversion project. Rights groups are worrying about the villages a new reservoir would displace.