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By: Urmila Pullat & Roohi Huma
The recent behaviour of police in India begs the question: is a punitive approach to a public health crisis necessary and warranted?
By: Shawn Shih-hung Shieh
As foreign funding dries up, Chinese CSOs have quickly adapted and reinvented themselves to mobilize local funding.
By: Christopher W. Bishop
China’s apparent success in tackling COVID-19 will bolster its authoritarian political system—and its restrictive approach to human rights.
By: Erin Thomas
Na Vosa Vakaviti
To advance equity for girls and to improve faith in the justice system, combatting biases that privilege the interests of perpetrators of gender-based violence ...
By: Arpitha Kodiveri
Demonstrators across India protested a new Act that prohibits certain religions from citizenship while fast-tracking others.
By: Deborah Casalin
For the first time, a UN body has decided the case of a climate migrant, and in doing so strengthened the duty on states to address climate change because it poses ...
By: Katrin Kinzelbach & Eva Pils
The Hong Kong protest movement has long given up hope that Hong Kong’s rule of law can be protected with judicial means only.
By: Brian Gorlick
The Rohingya refugees are unlikely to be able to return home anytime soon. We need to look at other options to allow them to rebuild their lives and communities.
By: Beatrice Tulagan
Declaring a climate emergency is not enough, but women activists in Asia are pushing for these declarations to send policy signals across every level of government.
By: Pradeep Baisakh
Social systems in India are crumbling, leading to starvation deaths despite a plethora of food security programs. What is going wrong?
By: Harsh Mander
With the world facing increasing division and hatred, the human rights community must face this lack of compassion with solidarity.
By: Fatima Iakupbaeva
Shifting to a business mindset is hard for non-profit organizations, but with limited opportunities for funding in Central Asia, it is a change worth making.
By: John Packer
The Myanmar state can and must be held accountable for the genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya, a point lost in largely illusory efforts to pursue international ...
By: Tenzin Dolker
Now more than ever, feminist organizations need to deepen the search for autonomous resourcing models that work for our movements, on our own terms.
By: Jayna Kothari
In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation ...
By: Jennifer Easterday & Hana Ivanhoe
In the absence of sufficient monitoring and ameliorative action on the part of the tech companies, fake news in Sri Lanka is provoking non-violent, law-abiding ...
By: Suhrith Parthasarathy
The Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relations shows majoritarian prejudices must ...
By: Yanzi Peng
China’s engagement in UN human rights reviews provides real opportunities to advance protection for LGBT rights, although advocates in China face many obstacles.
By: Robert C. Blitt
Malaysia’s recent caning of a homosexual couple reflects a larger problem with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) continued support for discriminatory ...
By: Liam Mahony
Although UN human rights bodies have criticized the persecution of the Rohingya, UN agencies inside Myanmar have been far too deferential to the authorities.
By: Scott Leckie
Countries exposed to the worst impacts of climate change, like Myanmar, should consider establishing Climate Land Banks to meet the looming problem of massive climate ...
By: Pratima Gurung
Groups in Nepal working at the intersections of different issues such as indigenous women with disabilities, are largely invisible to funders—but cross-movement ...
By: Urantsooj Gombosuren & Marte Hellema
In the volatility in Asia's human rights situations, can rights defenders and organizations stay globally connected while remaining rooted in grassroots efforts?
By: Lorenzo Urbinati & Sejin Kim
Data on human rights violations in Asia proves the need to establish a network of protection mechanisms at the national, regional, and international level.
By: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
To insist on the Rohingya status as a victimized religious minority while ignoring other factors cements their position as outsiders, fueling exclusionary forms ...
By: Hwei Mian Lim
Climate change takes a higher toll on women than on men. Women’s health and well-being, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights are all at stake.
By: Stephen Hopgood
The battle for human rights—as seen in the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar—may be losing ground as populist democracy becomes entrenched.
By: Julius Ibrani & Marte Hellema
Combined with growing fundamentalism and sectarianism, Indonesia once again is in dire need of a human rights movement for change.
By: Sadhana Shrestha
Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising awareness of human rights and social justice.
By: Michael Caster
Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements to control narratives to protect themselves against forced confessions.
By: Michael Caster
When approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behavior.
By: Navaz Kotwal
Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together.
By: Robert Edward Precht
The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they are not following UN principles on corporate social responsibility.
By: Marte Hellema
As online spaces become increasingly restricted, human rights activists must stay aware of the risks and benefits of technological developments.
By: Kiran Grewal
Preventing torture goes beyond understanding individuals—it requires changing an entire system that allows for extreme violence.
By: Rachel Wahl
What is the best way for human rights activists to engage with perpetrators? There are ethical and strategic reasons to focus on accountability over understanding, ...
By: Zahir Janmohamed
Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.
By: Hou Ping
In China, new laws make fundraising even harder, but the LGBTQ community is getting creative.
By: Qian Cheng
To make headway on human rights in China, advocates need to get creative by partnering with state-owned enterprises.
By: Richard J. Rogers
The ICC is now prioritizing crimes involving environmental destruction and land grabbing. How will this change economic development?
By: Jeong-Woo Koo
A recent political uproar in South Korea has exacerbated the public’s diminishing trust in government officials.
By: Henri Tiphagne & Marte Hellema
Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human rights.
By: Peter Jacob
The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t always affect how a society treats religious minorities.
By: Saul J. Takahashi
Japan fails to protect refugees—but arguing it should do so because its aging society needs new immigrants hasn’t worked.
By: Mark Aspinwall
Civil society could have played a key role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership—why were they left out?
By: Mathew Jacob
Volunteers in India are banding together to form a network that protects human rights defenders.
By: Vijay Nagaraj
If the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka ignores the indignities of poverty and everyday precariousness, can we really call it “justice”?
By: Aakar Patel
Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition
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