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Malaysia PM says ASEAN will avoid confrontation on South China Sea

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 5:59PM UTC 5 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader says Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but will push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea....

ASEAN leaders to push for South China Sea code of conduct

By Fri, Apr 24, 2015 8:52PM UTC 6 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister says Southeast Asian leaders will seek next week to speed up plans for a binding code of conduct with China that would govern behavior in the disputed South China Sea....

Southeast Asian leaders urged to act on Burma’s Rohingya crisis

By Thu, Apr 23, 2015 8:42AM UTC 0 Comment

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian lawmakers are urging their leaders to discuss Burma's Rohingya Muslim crisis at their summit in Malaysia this weekend, saying it has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea in the region since the Vietnam War....

Development for all: Protecting workers as economic integration sweeps Southeast Asia

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:44PM UTC 16 Comments

As corporate executives and political leaders prepare to gather in Jakarta for the World Economic Forum on East Asia focused on 'Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s New Regionalism', both governments and companies need to show they can be trusted to safeguard human rights....

ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC 0 Comment

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People's Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries....