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  • Empire of delusion: the sun sets on British imperial credibility0

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    • February 28, 2018

    Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale. Reuters Michael Wesley, Australian National University This piece is republished with permission from Commonwealth Now, the 59th edition of Griffith Review. Articles are a little longer than most published on The Conversation, presenting an in-depth analysis on the relevance of the Commonwealth of

  • Rohingya genocide; We’ll fight for you – 2 Nobel Peace laureates tell Rohingyas0

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    • February 27, 2018

    Nobel Peace laureates Tawakkol Karman of Yemen and Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland cannot hold back tears as they comfort Rohingya refugees near the border in Ghundhum of Bandarban’s Naikkhangchhari upazila yesterday. Photo: Star Staff Correspondent The visiting Nobel Peace laureates have promised Rohingya women to be their voice and pursue justice on their behalf.

  • Government failures characterize human rights situation in Asia0

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    • February 26, 2018

    Amnesty International report cites growing movements of human rights activists A resident of an urban poor community in Manila joins a protest rally to demand respect for human rights during the observance of International Human Rights Day in December. (Photo by Angie de Silva) Joe Torres, Manila  Asia February 23, 2018 The human rights situation

  • Amnesty slams India for increased religion-based violence0

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    • February 26, 2018

    Rights group’s annual report highlights a rise in demonization of minorities by Hindus, media and state officials Amnesty International activists stage a protest in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad in November 2017 against the killings of Rohingya Muslims. (Photo by IANS) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India February 23, 2018 India’s religious minority groups, particularly

  • China demands Malaysia send back Uyghur asylum seekers0

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    • February 26, 2018

    Rights group warn it would contravene international law This picture taken on June 25, 2017 shows police patrolling in a market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly Muslim Uyghur population have stifled life

  • Buddhist body urged to discipline Myanmar’s unruly monks0

    State Sangha hears concerns about an increase in Buddhist nationalism and anti-Muslim rhetoric Ashin Ariya Wun Tha Bhiwun Sa, known as Myawaddy Sayadaw, is seen in Myawaddy Mingyi Monastery in Mandalay on Feb. 23. (ucanews.com photo) John Zaw, Mandalay  Myanmar February 26, 2018 Buddhist monks and laypeople in Myanmar are demanding action against unruly monks who

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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