Power and Democracy

“P-move (Peoples Movement for a Just Society) wishes to affirm that we are not only poor people who are troubled or abused, but we are also groups of people with our own concrete development models to solve our problems.  We have savings groups, community banks, community welfare systems for building houses, building communities, waste disposal and disaster preparedness; various models exist in concrete form in many localities.”

From P-MOVE statement on 9 May, 2018 (see below for full statement)

April 20, 2018. QUEZON CITY—Members of human rights movement IDEFEND decried the worsening human rights situation and the continuing threats to Philippine democracy. 

“Philippine Democracy is in Danger” declared IDEFEND in the wake of more recent events like the deportation of Giacomo Fillbeck, of the Party of European Socialists, the detention of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, and the continuing threats to judicial independence.  

By Yasmin Ahammad and Clarissa V. Militante

In the face of authoritarianism and systemically-rooted patriarchy in Southeast Asian societies, do women who have ascended to powerful government positions really wield power? Has this ‘power’ worked towards defending and protecting women and their rights, or has it only helped reproduce patriarchy and support authoritarian rule?


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 whereabouts.

Walden Bello traces the rise of the present-day Hindu nationalist movement from its marginal origins at the time of Indian independence to its formidable present domination of the political landscape.

The author traces the roots and roles of the torch bearers of the Hindutva movement -- a political party, a vanguard organization, and a militant mass movement --  which have drastically changed from the political mechanisms and ideals of post-Independence India and the erstwhile dominant party, Congress.

Focus on the Global South releases the 4th edition of Focus Newsletter, which tackles the issue of democracy in Asia and its different facets--elections, constitutions, (extreme) nationalism, populism, majoritarian rule, press freedom. Why democracy? As our editorial says: "Across South and Southeast Asia, concepts of democracy, justice, and human rights are facing contestation, re-interpretation, and selective application." Through this edition of the newsletter, we hope to contribute not only to discourse but also to the shaping of solutions & alternatives.


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