Opinion

Yanghee Lee & Rhiannon Painter: Myanmar peace discussions need to be more rights-focused and inclusive


Frontier Myanmar (25 August 2016) - On August 31 Myanmar will hold its “21st Century Panglong Conference” - the latest step in the country’s long peace process. It will be a moment imbued with symbolism. General Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi’s own father led the Bamar delegation at the first Panglong conference held in 1947, which reached a breakthrough agreement with three armed groups and is still etched in the popular memory of the country today. Read more...

Luc Stevens: Inclusive dialogue the key to fixing Thailand's ills


Bangkok Post (29 July 2016) - Thailand is a valued member state of the United Nations. Its leadership in numerous UN bodies and participation in nearly all international human rights mechanisms has in no small measure galvanised decades of the kingdom's economic, social and political development. Today's deep-rooted conflict within Thai society -- aggravated by competing political narratives, growing social and economic inequality, and reluctance to truly listen to each other -- has exacted a toll on many people. Read more...

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  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: On every level, death penalty is wrong


    Philippine Inquirer (21 July 2016) - A decade after ending the use of the death penalty and taking a lead role in a global campaign to abolish capital punishment, the Philippines is again considering sending prisoners to the gallows. This is deeply concerning on a number of fronts. Read more...

    Matilda Bogner & Gwang-Jo Kim: Fight goes on for freedom of speech across all media


    Bangkok Post (03 May 2013) - As people search for more relevant and "freer" information, the internet's significance as a platform for alternative news and perspectives is surging, while the distinction between bloggers and journalists is also blurring. Read more...