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Is Sri Lanka using the Easter attacks to limit digital freedom?

Sri Lanka has drafted a new cybersecurity bill but experts warn country could be using political turmoil to pass laws. COLOMBO — Hours after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, rumours started to circulate online that Colombo’s water supply

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Rohingya Refugee Voices Amplify Across Southeast Asia

BANGKOK — The 2017 Rohingya humanitarian crisis caused by Myanmar is not only affecting Bangladesh, which has taken in 740,000 refugees, but it’s also causing strife in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Despite Myanmar’s alleged attempts at repatriation, Rohingya have stayed put

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The Conscientious Objectors of Thailand

BANGKOK — Every April, Thailand begins its annual draft lottery to conscript Thai males, aged 21 and above, into military service. The young men line up to draw slips of paper; a red slip means one has to serve for

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Southeast Asia’s pledge to end statelessness gathers steam

A firm promise to grant citizenship to all born in a country is crucial to halt the cycle of displacement, writes Adam Bemma BANGKOK — The Moo Paa or Wild Boars football team captured the world’s attention this time last year

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Life as Afghan Refugees, depicted on Malay Stage

Popular Parastoo Theatre group gives voice to the refugee experience. BANGKOK – Live at this year’s Refugee Fest in Malaysia is Parastoo Theatre group. In the Dari language of Afghanistan, “Parastoo” means swallow bird. “They are birds who fly and

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Thailand’s parliament meets, but military retains upper-hand

Elections took place on March 24 under a complicated new system that empowered small parties – and the military. Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand’s newly-elected parliament sits for the first time on Friday, as pro-military and pro-democracy parties manoeuvre for power

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Thailand: The Uphill Battle to Repeal NCPO Decrees

Stepping off the elevator and into the famed penthouse at downtown Bangkok’s Maneeya Center, Chonthicha Jangrew takes a seat close to the bar. The chairs and tables at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand begin to fill up around her

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Thailand’s Urban Refugees, Migrant Workers and Stateless People

BANGKOK – The stench inside Suan Phlu Immigration Detention Centre is indescribable. The guards give detainees bright orange t-shirts – with a phone number printed on the front – to wear when they enter the IDC reception area. About a

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Political drama in Thailand as long-delayed election nears

Constitutional Court to meet next week as Thai Raksa Chart faces ban over Princess Ubolratana nomination. Bangkok, Thailand – With Thailand’s long-delayed elections just over a month away, a court ruling is expected to deal a major blow to parties

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Threats and abuse: Critics fear effect of new Thai cyber law

Despite revisions, critics fear legislation will be used to stifle debate ahead of elections scheduled for March. Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand is expected to soon pass a new cybersecurity law which will create a government agency with sweeping powers of

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