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

“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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December 3 marks the first death anniversary of Datu Victor Danyan, his two sons, son-in law, and 4 other tribal members and indigenous rights defenders of the T’boli community in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu.  It also marks the first year of gross human rights violations by the men of 27th and 33rd Philipp …

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The culture of impunity, criminalization of dissent, and violence against those who stand up for peace, human rights and justice, and challenge power abuse, are increasing across Asia, with rising numbers of arbitrary arrests and incarceration, and unsolved cases of enforced disappearances, physical …

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On Extractivism   Cooptation of Judiciary System, Corporate and International Financial Institutions’ Impunity

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This paper was presented by Joseph Purugganan at the Asia Europe Peoples Forum in Ghent, Belgium September 29, 2018. Joseph is the head of the Philippine office of Focus on the Global South and coordinates the network Trade Justice Pilipinas. The Generalized Scheme of Preferences + (GSP+) is essenti …

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