Category: Opinion

The latest opinion from those committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.


FORSEA’s Maung Zarni speaks to Anadolu Agency on wide ranging issues in Southeast Asia

The Burmese public has been made ignorant of the facts about Islam and Muslims Zarni explains. There is no reason for the Burmese government to target Rohingya as they do not demand secession, independence, or even a regional autonomy.

/ June 28, 2020

Does Real Democracy Stand a Chance in Thailand? | Inside Story

It's eighty eight years since the revolution in Thailand which was the end of the absolute monarchy and the start of democracy. But it's the army and the Royal palace which today define much of Thai politics.

/ June 27, 2020

FORSEA Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter from Southeast Asia

We call on activists, irrespective of ethnic identities, dominant or subjugated conditions, nationality or legal status within Southeast Asia to embark on political, educational and activist programs aimed at de-colonising popular consciousness and transforming internally colonial institutions and practices.

/ June 20, 2020

FORSEA Condemns the Conviction of Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa who is the founder and executive editor of the online news site, Rappler, is facing up to six years in prison. She has been charged of violating the 2012 Cyber Crime Law of the Philippines. FORSEA condemns the questionable charges against Masia Ressa.

/ June 17, 2020

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights Breaks its Silence of Thai Abduction

APHR calls on parliamentarians in Thailand and Cambodia to hold their governments to account by asking for regular reports on their respective efforts and progress in finding the whereabouts of Wanchalearm Satsakit.

/ June 11, 2020
King Vajiralongkorn change in the use of lèse-majesté law

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch

From the judges and the police, to the army and officials in the ICT, they all serve as defenders of the monarchy, thus making the Computer Crime Act as effective as the lèse-majesté law in purging dissent from Thai society.

/ June 6, 2020

Interview: Paul Chambers on Democracy in Thailand

As Thailand commemorates the 10th anniversary of the deadly crackdowns against a red-shirted pro-democracy group, Chambers discusses problems with Thai democracy, the Thai army, social and political movements, and finally Thailand with King Vajiralongkorn at the helm.

/ May 23, 2020

The Trouble of the Palm Oil Business in Southeast Asia

With name-calling and scapegoating over the polluted haze, governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore engage in a rhetorical exercise. In reality, all parties are skating around the real issues.

/ May 21, 2020
Forest burning indonesia

Indonesia: The Fires Next Time

It’s surprising that while demand hits have caused factory closures, falling coal consumption and less auto traffic, leading to blue skies the world over, the palm oil industry continues its environmentally damaging practices unabatedly.

/ May 14, 2020

The Royalists Marketplace: The Supply and Demand for Dissent in Thailand

The Royalists Marketplace elevates political criticism, bringing it from underground to a screen, from gossip and rumour to open debate.

/ May 4, 2020