Kim Birkkjær Lund

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Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

BANGKOK (AFP) - The governor of Thailand's Chiang Mai province has sued a local magazine for posting a "blasphemous" painting on Facebook of ancient …

From the Editor: 10 Ways Thai Media Can Fail Less

Thai media can remain relevant and viable in the formats of the future by rediscovering the purpose of its past.

Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he …

LGBTQI

Bangladesh’s LGBT community remains in hiding

SEVEN months after al Qaeda-linked militants hacked Bangladesh’s most prominent gay activist to death, the South Asian country’s LGBT community …

Behind the walls of Manila’s notorious Quezon City jail

A PLACE so deplorable the Human Rights Watch (HRW) deemed it a “humanitarian crisis” sits surrounded by an elementary school, Chinese restaurant and …

Thailand making preparations for Dec 1 royal succession: Military sources

BANGKOK: Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on Dec 1, two senior military sources with …

Gay Muslims are essential in the global fight against Aids

Three days ago, I sat in a cafe in Brussels to interview a transgender Muslim woman named Raeesa. She’s from Mali. I was invited by a couple of Belgian not-for-profit organizations for an exhibition and to speak about my work, which consists of archiving the stories of queer Muslims around the …

LGBTQI

Burma: Military chief denies existence of ‘Rohingya’ term

A MILITARY chief in Burma (Myanmar) has denied the existence of the term “Rohingya” and said the country refuses to accept the term during a press …

Twitter Video

Hong Kong newspaper editor sacked in wake of Panama Papers report

Hong Kong journalists have warned of a serious threat to press freedom in the city state after the abrupt dismissal of a senior newspaper editor who ran a powerful front-page story based on revelations from the Panama Papers.<p>Ming Pao, one of the city’s most prestigious papers, dismissed chief …

Hong Kong

Spinning the myth of a 16th-century king as elections loom in Cambodia

The former capital of the 16th century Cambodian King Sdech Kan is a sleepy place, filled with birdsong and that particular air of shabby mysticism …

Environmental Network Demands Incoming Govt End Salween Dam Projects

RANGOON — Save the Salween Network (SSN), a group of nine river protection and ethnic civil society groups, released a statement on Monday calling on …

Malaysia’s Najib-Mahathir ‘Guerrilla War’ Heats Up

Malaysians have been watching with depressed fascination as a no-holds-barred war between former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his onetime …

Cambodia probes new village HIV outbreak

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia health officials on Monday (Feb 22) were screening hundreds of villagers for HIV after 14 locals tested positive for the …

Indonesian Youths Want to Be Heard on Family Planning

<b>Jakarta.</b> Years ago, when Anggraini Sari Astuti was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she experienced first-hand how difficult it can be for Indonesian …

Human rights group slams Malaysian universities for restricting free speech

HUMAN rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reproached Malaysian universities for their harsh stance against student activism, saying that …

Indonesia Scuttles 30 Vessels in Anti-Illegal Fishing Program

<b>Jakarta.</b> Indonesia's Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force, or Satgas 115, scuttled 30 vessels in five separate locations on Monday (22/08), for poaching …

New Translation Recalls Prison and Politics under Burma’s Junta

RANGOON — Under decades of repressive military dictatorship in Burma, thousands were jailed for their political activities, including student …

Indonesians Welcome Pay for Plastic Bag Policy

<b>Jakarta.</b> Indonesians have been quick to embrace the new policy of paying for plastic bags each time they purchase groceries, saying the environmental …

Pollution

Thant Myint-U: ‘The Number One Challenge is De-Isolation’

RANGOON — <i>With a new government still almost six weeks from taking power, The Irrawaddy’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw speaks with author and</i> …

Buddhist Scholar Warns Against Establishing National Religion

<b>BANGKOK</b> — A prominent Buddhist scholar warns that making Buddhism the national religion will do more harm than good and cause religious conflict in …

In Bahrain, Journalism Is a Crime

American journalist Anna Therese Day was arrested in Bahrain for covering protests to mark the fifth anniversary of Arab Spring-like protests which …

Human Rights

Omah Munir'€™s human rights module for schools

Munir Said Thalib'€™s struggle to uncover rights violation cases, from the murder of labor activist Marsinah in 1994 to the disappearance of 24 …

View point: When public opinion hijacks courts of law

Jessica is guilty of the murder of her friend Mirna, or so the court of public opinion has ruled.<p>Long before the case has reached the court of law, …

Dissidents Fearful as Thailand, Once a Haven, Favors China

<b>Bangkok</b>. One night last month, Liu Xuehong stood weeping outside the gates of the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok, begging the guards to let …

Baffling statistics fail to hide Thailand’s worrying gun crime problem

IN January three people were shot and killed in Bangkok over what the Bangkok Post said was a, “long-standing dispute over parking.” Two women and a …

Thailand’s revised guidelines for media visas ‘deeply discouraging’ – FCCT

FOREIGN correspondents in Thailand are concerned over the revised media guidelines announced by the Thai government recently, believing such measures …

Controversial study says violence works

Indigenous peoples fighting economic land concessions (ELCs) in Cambodia are more likely to get results with violent protest than lodging their …

Citizens Should Resist Online Censorship, Advocates Say

By Pravit Rojanaphruk<br>Senior Staff Writer<p>BANGKOK — Citizens have a duty to not buy into state propaganda, be critical of the powers that be and resist …