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Indonesia : No ‘magic bullet’

Vannessa Hearman 19/02/16

It has been a strange year for human rights under the Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, administration. Human rights activists were among those who invested a great deal of energy in Jokowi’s election campaign. They volunteered individually, as well as (...)

Burma : Ethnic groups, the military and ‘the Lady’

Ashley South 28/01/16

As anticipated, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in the 2015 Burma elections. This is a massive and historic achievement. Nothing will be the same again in Burmese politics. Over the past couple of days, a number (...)

La démocratie burundaise au risque des élections de 2015

Camille Lafont, Justine Hirschy 17/06/15

Entre mai et août 2015 se tiendront au Burundi des élections générales, les troisièmes depuis la signature de l’accord d’Arusha pour la paix et la réconciliation en 2000. À la veille de ces scrutins, dont l’un des enjeux centraux est la pérennisation du (...)

Burundi : au delà du débat constitutionnel

Colette Braeckman 15/05/15

Sourd aux avertissements émanant aussi bien de la société civile, de ses collègues ex-présidents, de l’Eglise catholique, d’une partie de l’armée et des services de renseignements, le président Nkurunziza est allé de l’avant, habité par la foi selon ses (...)

Philippines : Missing the peace in Muslim Mindanao

Patricio Abinales 08/05/15

There is still no peace in Muslim Mindanao. A recent agreement to grant the region autonomy had support but is now in limbo after 44 policemen were killed in the region on 25 January 2015. So why has peace eluded Mindanao for so long ? And how (...)

Burundi on the brink

Jean Claude Nkundwa , Jonathan W. Rosen 05/05/15

Burundi is burning. If the UN, the international community and the African Union don’t act quickly, and prepare to intervene if necessary, the small East African nation could explode into a full-scale civil war that will destabilize the entire (...)

Compromise essential to resolve Myanmar’s minority conundrum

Nicholas Farrelly 27/04/15

Four decades civil wars have raged along Myanmar’s ethnic fault lines. In the official count the country tallies up 135 different ‘national races’. The majority Bamar people, who drive national expectations of language, culture and politics, make (...)

Burma : Battlefield to marketplace and back

David Brenner 15/04/15

In the 2008 film Rambo, a well-aged Sylvester Stallone gasped his way up the Salween River and through the thick jungle between Burma and Thailand. With the help of Karen freedom fighters, Stallone’s character, the redoubtable John Rambo, was (...)

Philippines : the peace process should not be derailed

Father Joel Tabora, SJ 04/02/15

The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on Friday, and call upon the God whom we know to be merciful and compassionate, I shall be mourning the deaths of the (...)

Limits of power-sharing in the Philippines

Noel Tarrazona 07/01/14

Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government announced on Sunday that it had reached a tentative power-sharing deal with the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over contested territories on the southern island of Mindanao. Whether the (...)

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