CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE Week of 12 – 18 of September 2017

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CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Week of 12 – 18 of September 2017

Cambodia Says Opposition Party could be Barred from Election

Cambodia — Kem Sokha, the leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (C.N.R.P.), was arrested during the early hours of Sept. 3, reportedly without a warrant and in violation of his parliamentary immunity. Dozens of police officers surrounded his home in Phnom Penh, while a group of armed men forced their way inside.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/opinion/cambodia-kem-sokha-hun-sen.html

The huge exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and the brutal tactics of the security forces, have stirred up strong condemnations of the Nobel Laureate and de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has defended her government’s actions as a legitimate response to terrorism. As it emerges Ms Suu Kyi will miss next week’s UN General Assembly debate, how much power does she really have inside her country?
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-41243635?SThisFB
The Liberal Party of the Philippines on Wednesday commended the 32 lawmakers who voted against giving the Commission on Human Right a  P1,000 budget for 2018.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines
/2017/09/13/1738731/lp-lauds-32-who-voted-vs-chrs-p1000-budget
Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy announced yesterday that he plans to create a France-based NGO called the Association for Democracy in Cambodia, though he declined to give a detailed account of the structure and goals of the organisation.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/
national/rainsy-announces-plan-create-overseas-ngo
Congress should not abuse its powers of impeachment to scare and intimidate the voices of the opposition, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Thursday.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/930967/philippine-news-updates-vice-president-leni-robredo-impeachment
Cambodia’s leader has escalated his feud with the United States, calling Friday for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers doing development work to be withdrawn.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/
cambodian-leader-angry-us-peace-corps-49866801
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “a last chance” to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head has said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41297145
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) were barred from visiting detained Senator Leila de Lima despite having complied with the 10-day visit notice.
https://www.rappler.com/nation/182677-asean-delegates-barred-visiting-leila-de-lima
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has filed a lawsuit in the High Court to get the Govern- ment to call a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sdp-files-suit-seeking-marsiling-yew-tee-grc-by-election
CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE
Week of  12 – 18 of September 2017

CALD
7 Facts You Need to Know About the Cambodian Commune Election
September 18 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFw7YkzWpns

CALD Women’s Caucus Visit to Senator Leila de Lima
September 18 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmYpF3Nzd8

BURMA
Rohingya crisis: Cambodian opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy calls for ‘restraint’

September 15 2017
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/09
/rohingya-crisis-cambodian-opposition-leader-
exile-sam-rainsy-calls-restraint
/#x23ChUDyrWIi11Xy.97

CAMBODIA
Democracy in Cambodia Did Not Die – It Has Yet to Exist

September 17 2017
http://thediplomat.com/2017/09/democracy-in-
cambodia-did-not-die-it-has-yet-to-exist/

Cambodian opposition blocked from holding memorial service
September 13 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/
cambodian-opposition-blocked-from-holding-
memorial-service-idUSKCN1BO0GX

INDONESIA
Indonesian police uncover ‘fake news factory’

September 17 2017
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/
indonesian-police-uncover-fake-news-factory

Widodo’s battle with radical Islam hangs in balance
September 15 2017
https://asia.nikkei.com/Viewpoints/Ken-Ward/Widodo-
s-battle-with-radical-Islam-hangs-in-balance

PHILIPPINES
LP honors senators who kicked out US bases

September 17 2017
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/931151/liberal-party-us
-military-bases-in-the-philippines-jovito-salonga

VP Robredo lauds people’s reactions on CHR budget cut
September 16 2017
http://www.canadianinquirer.net/
2017/09/16/vp-robredo-lauds-peoples-reactions-on-chr-budget-cut/

Philippines’ Duterte asks head of human rights agency: ‘Are you a pedophile?’
September 16 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-
duterte/philippines-duterte-asks-head-of-human-rights-
agency-are-you-a-pedophile-idUSKCN1BR0IX

THAILAND
Abhisit pours cold water on plan for national government 
September 17 2017
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/
politics/1325635/abhisit-pours-cold-water-on-plan-for-national-government

INTERNATIONAL
German election: Trouble for Merkel as Chancellor faces populist RESURGENCE ahead of vote

September 18 2017
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/855182/German-election-Angela-Merkel-AfD-Alexander-Gauland-boost-Nazi

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