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Taiwan’s ‘Formosa Incident’ and International Human Rights Day

TAIPEI – December 10th is celebrated as International Human Rights Day. But in Taiwan the event takes on a more somber tone as the day to commemorate the 1979 Formosa, or Kaohsiung Incident. This was a defining moment in Taiwan’s

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Taiwan activists: Marriage-equality movement setback not the end

Despite ballot-box failure, proponents say it’s only a matter of time before same-sex marriage is written into law. Taipei, Taiwan – “Every defeat is a deeper blow. But we’ll keep on fighting until we are free,” sings American singer-songwriter –

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Taiwan’s ‘9-in-1’ Election and 10 Referendums

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The local “9-in-1” elections and 10 referendums took place Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Taiwanese were voting for all nine administrative levels, with 10 referendum ballots included. The referendum was mainly about gay marriage. Five questions out of 10

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Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos

Influential Facebook users, pejoratively referred to as net idols, are facing retribution for their online posts. Vientiane, Laos – Inside a packed lecture hall at the American Centre in the capital Vientiane, 60 National University of Laos students sit surrounded

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Syrian Stuck at Airport Turns to Social Media – Southeast Asia Dispatches

KUALA LUMPUR – Thirty-seven year-old Syrian asylum seeker Hassan Al Kontar uses social media to share his story of life at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Because of Hassan’s posts, volunteers from Malaysia to Canada have taken up his cause. Adam

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Cambodia 2018 Election Report: ‘The Crackdown Continues’ – CBC The World this Hour

PHNOM PENH – July 29, 2018 was Cambodia’s sixth general election since the UN organized the country’s first free and fair elections in 1993. For the last 25 years, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has used elections as a way to

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A Rohingya’s Pursuit for Justice in Myanmar – CBC The World this Weekend

YANGON –  Wai Wai Nu always wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps – famed Rohingya Muslim politician Kyaw Min – and end the injustice faced by minority groups in Myanmar. Now, at 31, Nu is the country’s most celebrated

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