Democracy in Southeast Asia: Fighting For Freedom
On this International Day of Democracy, we shed the light on the rise of authoritarianism and the attacks on civil and political rights in Southeast Asia. Human rights abuses are common in the region, with governments violating freedom of expression, press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of assembly and association.
Crackdowns on dissents and political opponents are on the rise, with governments violating their freedoms and rights to assert their authority and control. The Covid-19 crisis has also been an opportunity for these governments to use militarised approaches to manage the pandemic and further strengthen their control.
To learn more about the demands of Thailand’s Youth for a real democracy, check our spotlight here.