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Japan’s Human Rights Due Diligence Guidelines: A Small Step Forward or a Monkey Wrench?

By Galileo de Guzman Castillo[i] Last month, Japan publicly released the draft of the Guidelines on Respect for Human Rights in Responsible Supply Chains.[ii] This is the product of a long process undertaken by the Japanese Government to set human rights due diligence...

Towards A Stronger Corporate Accountability in Asia

On Monday, 19 September 2022, as part of the Asia Task Force on the Legally Binding Treaty (ATF), we organised a seminar on human rights and business for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Asia titled “Towards A Stronger Corporate Accountability”. This seminar also...

[email protected]: End of the Road

Focus on the Global South organized an online press conference titled “[email protected]: End of the Road” to take stock of the negotiations at the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)  and look at the way ahead for global trade policy. Speakers from...

Bridging the Voices of Local Communities — An Interview with Saing Siem

By Ros Sokunthy As the head of Achangrong Sameithmey Agricultural Community in Kampong Chhnang Province in central Cambodia, Ms. Saing Siem has done various advocacy works as a community leader, including on matters like irrigation, roads, ID cards, and birth...

SONGKHLA NARUEMIT PRIDE 2022: Rising of the LGBTQIAN+ voices beyond Bangkok

Introduction by Kheetanat Wannaboworn Photos by Feminist MermaidThailand recently made a historic move on gender equality and social justice. In mid-June, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the first reading of the Move Forward Party's Marriage Equality Bill...

Press Release: 454 Groups and Individuals Call for the Philippine Government to Drop Charges Against Walden Bello and Decriminalize Libel & Cyberlibel

Focus on the Global South, 29 August 2022. As of today, 125 organizations, networks and movements and 329 individuals support Focus on the Global South (Focus) statement, “Speaking Truth to Power is Not A Crime: Drop Charges Against Walden Bello, Decriminalize Libel...

A (PRO) BUSINESS-AS-USUAL ROAD AHEAD

Reflections on Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s First State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2022 July 28   By Focus on the Global South Philippines Team   Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator, ended his much anticipated inaugural SONA with his...

Stakes of the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines: A conversation with Focus on the Global South (Part 2)

Part Two: Challenges and future prospects On May the 4th 2022, five days before the presidential elections in the Philippines, CETRI had a conversation with four members of Focus on the Global South to better understand Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy and the stakes...

Stakes of the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines: A conversation with Focus on the Global South (Part 1)

Part One: Assessing Duterte’s legacy and political future On May the 4th 2022, five days before the presidential elections in the Philippines, CETRI had a conversation with four members of Focus on the Global South to better understand Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy and the...

Impact of redistributing flooded forestland around Tonle Sap Lake

by Sun Ridan Tonle Sap is the heart of Cambodia. Every year, the Mekong River floods and causes the Tonle Sap River to recede and flow into the Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Southeast Asia. This area has a population of over one million people...

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