Week-long mass protest rocks Shanghai

Hui Xiamei The Shanghai region is one of the most important motors of Chinese capitalism. However, the city’s political conservatism is as clear as its economic strength. Unlike cities in the Pearl River Delta, such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Shanghai rarely is the location of mass protests or sizeab...CONTINUE READING

Pro-democracy students throw down a challenge in Thailand

Giles Ji Ungpakorn Giles Ji Ungpakorn, exiled Thai socialist and dissident, comments on recent events under the military dictatorship of Prayut Chan-ocha, which took power last year. ---------- Brave young pro-democracy student activists, who call themselves the “New Democracy Movement” and the “Dao-Din” stu...CONTINUE READING

West Papua: a hard choice, but a simple one

Dan McGarry No matter how we slice and dice the issue of West Papuan independence, it always comes down to this: Do the indigenous peoples of a distinct and discrete land mass have the democratic right to self-determination or not? The answer, according to international law and standards, is an unequi...CONTINUE READING

The fall from grace of a human rights hero

James Plested Retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has described the situation facing the Rohingyas, a persecuted minority in Burma, as “one of the most enduring human rights crises on Earth”. For Aung San Suu Kyi, veteran of the decades-long struggle against the military dictatorship in Burma...CONTINUE READING

Protests, arrests escalate in West Papua as regional summit draws closer

Ben Hillier More than 500 activists have been arrested over the past month across West Papua as protests, demonstrations and meetings build in the lead up to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit in Honiara, the Solomon Islands. Ronny Kareni, a Melbourne-based spokesperson for the Free West Papu...CONTINUE READING

The ‘silent war’ in Sri Lanka

Ben Hillier Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Tamil lands, particularly in the north of the island, remain under military occupation. Local populations often live in fear, as military abuse, rapes and disappearances continue. The 26-year civil war, which claimed the lives of some 200,0...CONTINUE READING

Oslo conference calls for end to Rohingya genocide

Helen Jarvis In recent weeks, world attention finally has focussed on the desperate situation of the thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sea, the horrific remains of staging camps in Malaysia and Thailand and the unbearable conditions at home in Burma that forced the...CONTINUE READING

Workers on the defensive, but situation explosive

Hui Xiamei Chinese social media platform The Sound of Hammer recently posted a report on labour disputes in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone in first quarter of 2015. It listed 23 strikes, labour protests and other demonstrations. Approximately 26,000 workers were involved in these incidents; the...CONTINUE READING

Hope amid the horror

Jordan Humphreys While regional governments responded to Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees by closing borders, working people showed that there is hope amid the horror. When news of the stranded refugees reached Tamiang, in Aceh, locals sprang into action. A network of fishers organised by Muhammad Hendra,...CONTINUE READING