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Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 2:39PM UTC Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo with members of his campaign team, including Hendropriyono, far right. Pic: AP.

During this year’s presidential contest, the electability of Indonesia’s Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo hinged on a promise of hope and change; a promise to deliver a new kind of politics based on ideals of openness and accountability. Jokowi’s supporters looked to him as an exemplary leader; an upright reformer who could help put an end to corruption and elite impunity. But was it all just wishful thinking?

HRW: Migrant children in Thailand ‘suffer in filthy, overcrowded cells’

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 1:44PM UTC Women hide their faces as children sleep after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand earlier this year. Pic: AP.

Thousands of children across Southeast Asia have fled war, poverty and other dangers, hoping to find brighter prospects in neighbouring Thailand. But a new report from non-government organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the famed tourist hub is no safe haven for those marginalised youth.

Filipino forces in Golan Heights defied UN commander

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:35AM UTC Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday. Pic: AP

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief says a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who attacked their camp.

1 of 2 Italian marines held in India falls ill

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:27AM UTC Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre, left, and Salvatore Girone pictured in Rome last year. Pic: AP.

ROME (AP) — Italy’s defense minister has rushed to India after one of two Italian marines, held there for 2 ½ years without charges, was hospitalized.

British rights activist Andy Hall goes on trial in Thai court

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 11:21AM UTC Labor activist Andy Hall, center.

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a fruit processing factory in Thailand in the first in a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the Thai company.

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