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…

Death sentence for Artur Segarra unlikely to end in execution, experts say why

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This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok Spaniard Artur Segarra, accused of the murder of compatriot David Bernat, was sentenced to death by a Bangkok court on April 21 and transferred to Bangkwang Prison, better known…

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…

Atrapadas en Singapur

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Muchas mujeres que llegan a Singapur para trabajar como empleadas domésticas acaban atrapadas por las retenciones de las empresas de trabajo. Sus condiciones mejoran, pero siguen enfrentándose a abusos Este artículo fue previamente publicado…

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…

Desperate times for Cambodia's farmers

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After facing a long drought, Cambodian farmers now fear the arrival of La Niña and possible floods This article was previously published in The Diplomat The first rainfall this year did not arrive until early June to Pursat,…

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…