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Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacies (SAPA) Working Group on ASEAN calls on ASEAN to uphold human rights and investigate cases of enforced disappearances September 5, 2014

August 30 marked the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. In solidarity with the victims and families of those who have been disappeared, the SAPA Working Group on ASEAN urges ASEAN governments to bring an immediate end to enforced disappearances and ensure justice for the victims and their families.

Manila, 30 June 2014 -- A religious community in the Philippines is taking on the issue of enforced disappearances in Asia and initiating a campaign in collaboration with Focus on the Global South.The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines' Office of Women and Gender Concerns, together with Focus, launched 'Let Us Not Forget' campaign through a solidarity mass at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on June 30.

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After declaring martial law on Tuesday, May 20, the Thai military announced a full-fledged coup two days later. The putsch followed seven months of massive street protests against the ruling Pheu Thai government identified with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The power grab by army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha came two weeks after Thaksin's sister, Yingluck, was ousted as caretaker prime minister by the country's Constitutional Court for "abuse of power" on May 7.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Understanding China's Energy Landscape: Achievements, Challenges and Conflicts, Past, Present and Future, a new website from Focus on the Global South. This unique and comprehensive resource contains a wide range of English-language texts on energy development in China, with particular attention to social and environmental concerns in the sector.

Bangkok Post, 21 March 2014 -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is less than one year away from launching its Economic Community or AEC, a common market that will comprise 600 million people and have a combined GDP of nearly US$2 trillion (64 trillion baht).

It is being propped up by free trade and investment agreements with the European Union, the United States, Japan, China and other big partners. Proponents claim the expansion in economic activities will benefit the poor by boosting production and consumption in the region, but is it that simple?

Thailand is once more in a serious political crisis, with the legitimacy of the government being challenged.  There are two sources of government legitimacy, the means and the end. Means refers to how the government gets the power to govern the nation and its citizens while the end is the government’s performance. The 'whistle group' (the large numbers of protestors occupying key areas of Bangkok under the leadership of Mr.

The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.

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