April 2017

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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Korea brings China’s THAAD retaliation to WTO (Korea Times, 2 April 2017)

Korea brings China’s THAAD retaliation to WTO (Korea Times, 2 April 2017) Korea has filed a formal complaint with a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel against Beijing for its economic retaliation against Seoul’s decision to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system here. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), affiliated with the Ministry of Trade,…

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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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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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