civil society


Attacks on Pro-independence Demonstrators Protesting China Singing Competition

Brian Hioe

The protest saw violence against students from members of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party and the Concentric Patriotic Association, pro-unification groups with a history of political violence against pro-independence demonstrators, members of the Falun Gong and others.


Malaysia, How Deep is Your Love? Support for Female Leaders Only Goes So Far

Lynda Lim.

Fatwahs have been used to silence and intimidate key women’s organizations supporting Muslim women’s rights and access to justice.


Bumpy Road Ahead: Living with China's New NGO Laws

Fengshi Wu

The full implementation and revision of the new law will take time, and the process will not be smooth, writes Fengshi Wu.


In Darkness: KL's Transgenders Shed Light on Deaths and Violence

Alyaa Alhadjri

An annual memorial brings attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.


Singapore, Solidarity and the Need for Organising

Kirsten Han

All across the world democracy seems to be taking a hit. We need to push back and reclaim the space for civil society, for activism, and most importantly, for each other, writes Kirsten Han in Singapore.


China's NGOs Go Global

Jennifer YJ Hsu

The nature of an NGO’s relationship with the Chinese state may very well determine the scale and scope of its work abroad.

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