Category: Power and Democracy

The Power and Democracy thematic area seeks to systematically show the links between development, rights, peace, justice, democracy and the exercise of power in Asia. Focus will partner with local, national, regional and international organisations, peoples’ movements and networks to call attention to these worrying trends, and expand critical analysis on economic and development policies to investigate and show the links between development pathways and human rights protections and abuses. Read more

Focus signed on to this joint open letter to Prime Minister Modi on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir   Prime Minister Narendra Modi New Delhi 12 August 2019 Dear Prime Minister Modi, We, the undersigned civil society activists and organizations, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, …

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DUTERTE, THE SERPENT. His strongman rule ultimately serves the administration’s authoritarian and neoliberal agenda. United Peoples’ SONA. Quezon City, Philippines. 2019 July 22. Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo. Focus on the Global South’s Statement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s midterm State o …

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In the first half of 2019, a great deal of global attention focused on national elections in three countries where authoritarian regimes or personalities were in command of the state: Thailand, the Philippines, and India. The big question was: would voters buck the authoritarian trend or affirm it? …

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“I will promote a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and compassion so that Thai people can live with stability and happiness, and I will safeguard the dignity of the institutions of State, Religion and Monarchy which are deeply cherished by the people of Thailand” (Gene …

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“Change is coming” was Duterte’s popular campaign slogan when he ran for the presidency in 2016. However, over the last three years, nothing has changed on the economic front as the administration reinforced the same neoliberal development paradigm that has only served to consolidate wealth in the h …

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Focus Policy Review on the Progressive Agenda in the 2019 Elections and Beyond This issue of the Focus Policy Review explores how the Duterte administration responded to key issues through its policies and action points. These responses, which in a nutshell are very neoliberal and authoritarian, fal …

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Focus on the Global South (Focus) will launch its Focus Policy Review 2019, “Critical Junction: Derailing or Accelerating the Dictatorship Express” DATE : Friday, 12 April 2019, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM VENUE: Max’s Restaurant, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Diliman, QC The FPR is a biennial publicati …

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by Supatsak Pobsuk Mixed Member Apportionment System (MMA) MMA, a newly designed electoral system, is unique and presumably, Thailand is the only country in the world that runs its election with the MMA system. With this system, a voter has only one vote (one ballot paper) and that vote will count f …

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  The Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) celebrated their 10th anniversary on 20 to 21 December at Klong Sai Pattana community, Chai Buri district, Surat Thani province. Over the past 10 years, the SPFT has demonstrated its will to secure land for landless peasants and workers in …

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14 December 2018: On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation to reveal his fate and wher …

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