A research report published by CIVICUS highlights the action of the Perikatan Nasional government in Malaysia, which the report says has violated the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. The use of oppressive law, amidst the time of the pandemic, has negative impact on the ability of civil society and press to share reliable information.
Since the coup in Myanmar in February, many activists have been arrested and sued, and the press has been suppressed. An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations published by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development presents the summary and analysis of how each ASEAN country has responded to the coup. An alternative step should be considered from other regional experiences as well.
Terror from the Skies, published by Karen Peace Support Network, focuses on the Myanmar military regime’s troops in Mutraw district of northern Karen State, that severely affect the lives of people whether it be causing mortality or displacement, which poses a serious humanitarian crisis. This briefing paper provides background as well as recommendations for the readers to understand the incidents in the area.
Sexual exploitation can affect boys as well as girls. The global understanding of this issue is still limited, and the data produced usually focuses merely on girls. ECPAT Thailand has published this Global Initiative to Explore the Sexual Exploitation of Boys to present vulnerabilities facing boys, particular in Thailand.
Plan International has published Effects of Forced Labor and Trafficking in Persons on Female Relatives of Male Fishers which is the study on women relatives of fishers' awareness of forced labor and trafficking in persons relating to the fishing industry and how they cope with it. The result of this research can inform policymakers and relevant stakeholders on how to improve the lives of affected communities.
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has published a data snapshots and a call to action on funding towards feminist organizations. The organization presents the challenges and statistics of that feminist organizations which still do not receive enough fund, particularly the organizations in the Global South even though gender equality has become the priority in many countries.