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Displaced Kachin State Victims Trafficked To China For Forced Marriage

A report released last month by Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled Give us a Baby and We’ll Let You Go: Trafficking of Kachin Brides From Myanmar to China has detailed the harrowing plight of women and girls trafficked from Myanmar’s Kachin State to China to bear children to unmarried men. […]

Thai Prosecutors Ignore International Outcry, Move To Extradite Refugee Footballer

Thai prosecutors this week asked a Bangkok court to order the extradition of Hakeem al-Araibi, a former Bahrain soccer player, in relation to allegations that he used explosives to damage a police station in his home country. Al-Araibi, 25, was granted refugee status in Australia in 2017 but was detained […]

Myanmar’s Forgotten Victims: The Kachin State’s Struggle Against Government Atrocities

As home to the world’s longest running civil war, Myanmar’s history of ethnic conflict and population displacement is as long and tragic as it is complex. However, amid significant media coverage of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims in the northern state of Rakhine by the Tatmadaw or Burmese […]

Nairobi Hotel Attack: Al-Shabaab Continues Violence In Kenya

21 people were killed and dozens more injured this week when al-Shabaab militants stormed an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi. The attack began when security personnel at the DusitD2 Hotel were ambushed by gunmen, who detonated explosives inside the complex before opening fire on guests and workers as they were […]

Thailand Ignores Risk Of Further Saudi Diplomatic Tension, Grants Temporary Refuge To Asylum Seeker

High profile asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was, on Friday granted refugee status in Canada, ending a tumultuous week which started with her barricading herself in a Thai hotel room and sharing her plight to the world via social media. Al-Qunun, who was trying to travel onwards to Australia, was […]

Turkish Academics Imprisoned For Signing Petition Calling For Peace

Last month, Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı was sentenced by a Turkish court to two and a half years of imprisonment for allegedly disseminating terrorism propaganda, after signing a petition against violence in Southern Turkey. The plight of Fincancı, Turkey’s most highly respected expert on torture, has received limited international media […]

Plight Of Thailand’s Stateless Population Continues Long After “Cave Boys” Spotlight Dims

With a prosperous economy and thousands of kilometers of porous borders with historically unstable nations, Thailand is home to a large and established population of stateless people. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) puts the number of registered stateless persons at just under half a million. However, due […]

Outcry Over Imprisonment Of Three Anti-War Activists In Myanmar

Thousands of Burmese this week protested the plight of three anti-war activists who were jailed for six months for allegedly defaming the military. The protests marked a rare show of public anger directed towards the increasingly oppressive government, which is led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. […]

Thailand’s Election Date Confirmed Amid Concerns Over Fairness Of Democratic Process

This week the Thai government met with political opponents to confirm February 24th, 2019 as the date of its first democratic election since it seized power in the 2014 coup. With the confirmation of an election date following five previous missed deadlines, concerns are now turning to the fairness of […]

Peace Talks To Resolve Violence In Thailand’s Southern Provinces Stall Again

Negotiations aimed at ending the 14-year insurgency in Southern Thailand have again stalled, with the refusal this week of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) guerrillas to enter peace talks with the Thai government. The withdrawal of the BRN, who is the strongest of seven separatist groups fighting for a self-governing […]