CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE Week of 19 – 25 of September 2017

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CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Week of 19 – 25 of September 2017

Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe’s most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election/merkel-hangs-on-to-power-but-bleeds-support-to-surging-far-right-idUSKCN1BY0ZV

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) set the stage for tough coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens, saying they would not agree to a deal that did not promise a change in the German government’s direction.
https://www.reuters.com/article/germany-election-fdp-coalition/germanys-fdp-says-wont-agree-to-jamaica-coalition-at-any-price-idUSB4N1JX00B
The news coverage of Myanmar over the past several months has led many people to conclude that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the country, has abandoned her responsibility to protect human rights. Hundreds of thousands of people from the Rohingya ethnic minority are being expelled by the military from lands in western Myanmar, where they have lived for centuries. By any standard, we are witnessing the most fundamental violations of human rights.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09
/21/opinion/myanmar-rohingya-aung-san-suu-kyi.html
A hearing to determine the legality of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s pre-trial detention is scheduled to proceed on Tuesday, though it will likely take place without him in court due to “security concerns”, Prison Department officials confirmed yesterday.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national
/sokha-may-miss-bail-hearing-due-security-concerns
Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy, who has been forced to live in exile since 2015 in the face of questionable defamation charges made against him, spoke with Vuthy Huot of Radio Free Asia’s Khmer Service from New Zealand on Sept. 20 about the recently formed Association for Democracy in Cambodia and other recent political developments.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/rainsy-09212017162930.html
The Lower House’s decision to restore the Commission on Human Rights’ proposed P649.484-million budget was brought about by People Power through social media.
http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/
147902/lp-online-people-power-restored-chrs-budget
As anticipated, Angela Merkel’s party came in first in the German national election on Sunday, assuring her of a fourth term as chancellor. That much was foreordained, even if Ms. Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies came in slightly below expectations, with roughly a third of the vote.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/
opinion/editorials/merkel-victory-election-populism.html
CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE
Week of  19 – 25 2017
BURMA
UNHCR chief meets with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp

September 24 2017
http://www.reuters.com/article/
us-myanmar-rohingya-un/unhc
r-chief-meets-with-rohingya-
refugees-in-bangladesh-camp-idUSKCN1BY0XC?il=0
Myanmar’s military: The power Aung San Suu Kyi can’t control
September 24 2017
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/21/asia/
myanmar-military-the-real-power/index.html

CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s opposition puts out banners calling for leader’s release

September 25 2017
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/
cambodias-opposition-puts-out-banners-calling-for-
leaders-release-idUSKCN1C00AO?il=0

Cambodia: Switching off independent radio stations
September 22 2017
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/cambodia-
switching-independent-radio-stations-
170922010517451.html

HONG KONG
9 Umbrella Movement leaders appear in court over public nuisance charges
September 20 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/20/9
-umbrella-movement-leaders-appear-court
-public-nuisance-charges/

PHILIPPINES
Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

September 21 2017
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-
protest/thousands-rally-in-philippines-warn-of-
duterte-dictatorship-idUSKCN1BW0YA

Remember, prevent return of ‘dark times’ under Martial Law – Robredo
September 21 2017
https://www.rappler.com/nation/182867-
remember-dark-times-robredo-martial-law-45th-anniversary

SINGAPORE
Singapore DPM: Public concerns over election understandable

September 21 2017
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/
singapore-dpm-public-concerns-over-election-
understandable#0UstqLL6f9u6cJY9.97

INTERNATIONAL
In Germany, a Victory for Angela Merkel and Populism
September 25 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/
24/opinion/editorials/merkel-victory-election-populism.html

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls snap election
September 25 2017
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/25/asia/japan-snap-election/index.html

German vote could doom Merkel-Macron deal on Europe
September 25 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election-
europe-analysis/german-vote-could-doom-merkel-macron
-deal-on-europe-idUSKCN1BZ0VY

Ex-Belgian PM is a key player in Brussels
September 21 2017
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-
ireland/exbelgian-pm-is-a-key-player-in-brussels-36153588.html

 

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