Asia & International Law

US, allies prepared to use ‘overwhelming force’ in North Korea, general says (Fox News, 30 July 2017)

US, allies prepared to use ‘overwhelming force’ in North Korea, general says (Fox News, 30 July 2017) The statement from Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, came after the militaries of the U.S., South Korea and Japan spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula. The training mission was a…

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Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017)

Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017) An editorial in Study Times – put out by the Central Party School, the Communist Party’s top academy – was the latest to lavish praise on Xi for his tough stance on territorial issues with the country’s Asian neighbours. “[President…

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Australia’s offshore refugee processing causes ‘extensive suffering’ and must end, says UN agency chief (UN News, 24 July 2017)

Australia’s offshore refugee processing causes ‘extensive suffering’ and must end, says UN agency chief (UN News, 24 July 2017) Four years on, Australia’s offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which has called for an immediate end to…

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Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation ‘worsening’ (UN News, 24 July 2017)

Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation ‘worsening’ (UN News, 24 July 2017) In a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee accused national authorities of “presiding over a worsening security and human rights situation” in the country. Ms. Lee said she catalogued…

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