Asia & International Law

Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert (UN News, 4 April 2017)

Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert (UN News, 4 April 2017) Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said.…

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ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017)

ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017) China’s positive view of a code of conduct for claimants in the South China Sea will work toward successful negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on maintaining order in the disputed waterway, Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said. Speaking at the Meet Inquirer…

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ASEAN ministers promise to boost intra-regional trade, integration (Business World, 8 April 2017)

ASEAN ministers promise to boost intra-regional trade, integration (Business World, 8 April 2017) Top government executives from the 10 member-states met in Cebu for the 3rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Joint Meeting and Related Meetings, completing the series of discussions. The leaders fortified their commitment to promote economic growth, financial integration, and strengthen…

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Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert (UN News, 4 April 2017)

Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert (UN News, 4 April 2017) Stressing that the rates of incarceration for Australia’s indigenous peoples have reached astounding, “tsunami” proportions, a United Nations human rights expert called on the authorities to respect the peoples’ right to self-determination, to full and effective participation…

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Thai-owned mine in Myanmar investigated for human rights violations (CAN, 5 April 2017)

Thai-owned mine in Myanmar investigated for human rights violations (CAN, 5 April 2017) The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) has opened an official enquiry into the Heinda tin mine in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region for alleged human rights violations. A delegation led by NHRC commissioner Tuenjai Deetes visited the area earlier this year to gather…

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Vietnam’s Quiet Human Rights Crisis (The Diplomat, 17 April 2017)

Vietnam’s Quiet Human Rights Crisis (The Diplomat, 17 April 2017) According to most metrics commonly used to measure level of human rights abuses, Vietnam boasts one of the world’s most authoritarian police states. But activists say that far too little attention is paid to Vietnam even as other Southeast Asian countries are routinely condemned by the…

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Kulbhushan Jadhav death row: Public interest litigation filed in Delhi High Court seeking International Court of Justice’s intervention to secure release (International Business Times, 18 April 2017)

Kulbhushan Jadhav death row: Public interest litigation filed in Delhi High Court seeking International Court of Justice’s intervention to secure release (International Business Times, 18 April 2017) A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking the intervention of the International Court of Justice to secure immediate release of alleged Indian…

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International law not adequate to check terror cyberattacks: India (Deccan Herald, 1 March 2017)

International law not adequate to check terror cyberattacks: India (Deccan Herald, 1 March 2017) Addressing a Security Council debate on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by terrorist acts: Protection of Critical Infrastructure’, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said big urban centres like Mumbai, New York and London have become targets…

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Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017)

Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017) The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said. It is being studied whether it…

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