Category: Opinion

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


Russia’s War Against Ukraine & Its Global Consequences: Views from Asia

In Southeast Asia, a region of nearly 600-million, neither the citizens nor the states seem to share the kind of popular official outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, or the fear of immediate impact on their lives, which one sees in the West such as in the United States, Canada, the UK and European Union.  

/ March 22, 2022

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Through My Burmese Eyes

None of the leading liberal democracies of the West really honours the principles they loudly espouse such as non-violence, popular and state sovereignty, human rights, or democracy, nor do they support democratic resistance, armed or non-violent, unless such support serves their hidden interests, whether those interests are commercial or geostrategic.

/ March 13, 2022

ICJ’s Mishandling of The Gambia v Myanmar undermines confidence in the Court

On 21 February, FORSEA hosted an international law roundtable with three Canadian and American legal scholars and practitioners immediately after the court’s completion of the first of the 4-public hearings on Myanmar’s preliminary objections to the court’s jurisdictions and Gambia’s legal standing with the court in The Gambia v Myanmar.

/ February 23, 2022

The Gambia v. Myanmar will decide whether the Genocide Convention is international law

Enforcement is one of the primary attributes that constitute law. If a law cannot be enforced, it can no longer be considered law. It is crucial that the ICJ's judgment in The Gambia v. Myanmar be used to correct the ICJ's erroneous requirement that genocide be the only intent of a State to prove its special intent to commit genocide.

/ February 21, 2022

The ICJ and the Issue of Lawful Representation in The Gambia v Myanmar

Ahead of the scheduled public hearings in The Gambia v Myanmar (the Rohingya genocide case) at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Canada, the Genocide Watch of USA and FORSEA release a comprehensive legal analysis. It focuses on the crucial question of who should lawfully speak for Myanmar before the ICJ as Myanmar's coup resulted in an unprecedented situation with...

/ February 18, 2022

Legal and Holistic Perspectives on The Gambia v Myanmar at ICJ

"These processes do not automatically improve humanitarian responses, amend the Myanmar Constitution, eliminate discriminatory laws, support restorative justice among divided communities, or directly build rule of law in Myanmar. They are complementary to and not a substitute for long-term solutions."

/ February 11, 2022

The Gambia vs Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ): The Uncertainties and Limits

FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Asia. On 10 February 2022, FORSEA will host the second roundtable with two well-known American legal scholars, namely Michael A. Becker, who served as Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice at the Hague from 2010-2014 and Dr Katherine Southwick, formerly with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and now an engaged scholar on the...

/ February 9, 2022

The addresses from Tapan Kumar Bose and Barbara Harriss-White at FORSEA’s global civil society gathering

In increasing frequency and ferocity, Muslims are threatened, lynched, beaten, raped, and murdered, and their homes, businesses, and mosques vandalized and attacked. Disturbingly, there’s been little action taken against the perpetrators. Lynching of Muslims by Hindu nationalists are so commonplace today that the attacks are often organized on social media.

/ February 9, 2022

Professor Noam Chomsky’s address at the FORSEA event: A Scream from Global Civil Society: India Genocide Warning

The world-renowned activist and intellectual offers his words of concern and solidarity for the persecuted minorities of India while touching on other issues of global importance.

/ February 5, 2022

A Scream from Global Civil Society: India Genocide Warning

Fifty-four renowned intellectuals, musicians, scholars, and activists from 24 countries will gather in a live YouTube public event which is billed “A Scream from Global Civil Society: India Genocide Warning!” View LIVE on Friday 4th February, 12:00PM - 5:00PM GMT/LONDON | 5:30PM - 10:30PM NEW DELHI | 07:00AM -12 NOON CANADA/US EASTERN.

/ February 3, 2022