An activist battles from exile

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Spanish campaigner Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson and three Cambodian members of his team face two years in prison for their efforts to block a dam This article was previously published in Bangkok Post   Areng Valley is located in an…

Exclusion or protection? Activists skeptical about LGBT prison

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This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok Transgender activist Nachacha Kongudom was arrested in June of last year for protesting against the military junta. She was sent to a men’s prison, despite her request to go…

Thailand “no paradise for transsexuals”

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A transgender couple’s fight for their rights This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok   Sam and Yollie love each other as much as any other ordinary couple. What makes them different from many others…

Domestic violence in Cambodia

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The country struggles with high rates of gender violence. Activists are turning to technology to help This article was previosuly published in The Diplomat There is a proverb in Cambodia, “Men are gold and women are fabric.”…

Maid in Singapore

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Conditions for domestic workers in Singapore are improving, but many still face abuse and exploitation This article was previously published in The Diplomat The dream of opening a business back in Burma…

The forced pregnancies of the Khmer Rouge

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The reproductive rights of Cambodia’s women are forgotten by the court set up to judge the communist regime’s crimes. This article was previosly published in The Diplomat Souk (not her real name) was forced to marry…

Was Buddha a Feminist?

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The first fully ordained Thai female monk in the Theravada tradition caused a controversy that continues 15 years later. This article was previosly published in The Diplomat   The Venerable Dhammananda likes to say…

Would moving Indonesia's capital work?

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Experts say relocating the seat of government will not solve Jakarta’s overpopulation problem, as many people might not want to leave This article was previously published in South China Morning Post   The Indonesian government…

Why are abuse claims in Cambodia's war on drugs being ignored?

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Hun Sen’s campaign may not feature the violence of Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown in the Philippines, but advocates still warn of ‘gradual but deadly’ rights abuses This article was previously published in South China Morning Post On…

How the murder of a Malaysian transgender woman exposed fears over an islamic penal code

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The brutal killing of a florist in Malaysia shocks activists who say it must be seen against a backdrop of rising conservatism – including a plan to ease restrictions on sharia law This articule was previously published in South China Morning…

Forced seduction: problematic rape scenes persist in Thai soap operas

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In Thai soap operas, rape is routinely depicted as a precursor to romance, with female protagonists shown falling in love with their rapists. But, led by an outraged viewer, the country’s television industry is starting to examine its normalisation…