A tradition of impunity for Thai state murders

Giles Ji Ungpakorn In just one week at the end of 2015, the long and disgraceful tradition of impunity for state murders was reinforced once again in Thailand. That week, former unelected prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his thuggish right hand man, Sutep Teuksuban, were cleared of wrongdoing for their p...CONTINUE READING

Korean government targeting unions

Kim Bullimore More than 410 trade unionists have been targeted in South Korea, as the Park Geun-hye government continues to crack down on workers and organised labour. Among those arrested are nine members and officials belonging to the Korean Public Transport Union and five officials from the Korean Co...CONTINUE READING

Labour activists under attack in China

Hui Xiamei The Chinese state tightened its control over civil society in 2015. Suppression of women’s rights activists, human rights lawyers and political dissidents occurred throughout the year. Labour activists were not spared. In December, cops raided the offices of six different labour NGOs in Gu...CONTINUE READING

Indonesia’s 1965 massacres on trial in The Hague

Janis Hooper Over four days in November, the voices of survivors of the 1965 Indonesian massacres were heard by a hushed crowd of several hundred people, mainly Indonesian exiles, gathered in a 17th century church in The Hague. Fifty years ago, the Indonesian army, led by general Suharto, used an alleg...CONTINUE READING

Rising inequality belies APEC’s ‘prosperity’ rhetoric

Wilson Fortaleza Leaders and ministers from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are convening in Manila, the Philippines, for the 2015 Economic Leaders’ Week. Wilson Fortaleza , a leader of the Partido Manggagawa (Labour Party – Philippines), argues that APEC’s achieveme...CONTINUE READING

Inferno in Indonesia

James Plested Across Indonesia, vast swathes of forest and peat land are burning, destroying the habitats of countless endangered species, poisoning the air and threatening the health of tens of millions of people. The fires have been called the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century. By th...CONTINUE READING

Student occupations spread across India

Rutaban Yameen A student campaign has erupted in India over a decision to cut grants for research students. Demonstrations spread from New Delhi to Gujarat, Mizoram, Hyderabad, Allahabad, Kolkata and Bihar as thousands of students protest the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision on 7 October to sc...CONTINUE READING

Japan’s summer of protest

Kaye Broadbent July – September 2015 will be remembered in Japan as the summer of protest. The target was prime minister Shinzo Abe’s security law, which gives the country’s military a stronger role globally. Legislation passed the upper house in the early hours of 19 September. For some, that day marks...CONTINUE READING

Bangladeshi government forced back by student protests

Rutaban Yameen Thousands of Bangladeshi student protesters were celebrating on the streets of Dhaka and on campuses nationwide after the Bangladeshi government announced that it would withdraw a value added tax (VAT) of 7.5 percent on tuition fees for private universities and medical and engineering coll...CONTINUE READING