Category: South Asia

Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Cultural Context or a Devastating Step Backwards

The Bangladeshi government recently passed a law described by Human Rights Watch as a “devastating step backward,” that would allow child marriage to occur under “special circumstances.” The law still requires the approval of Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid, but that is “largely…

Hong Kong 2017 Chief Executive Elections: A Dwindling Promise for Universal Suffrage?

Hong Kong’s chief executive elections, one of the city’s most anticipated political events, are scheduled to take place shortly on March 26 2017. Recently, several influential figures have been vying to secure nominations in order to formally qualify as candidates…

Duterte’s Fight for Reproductive Health Could Alter His Legacy

In an ongoing polemic against the Catholic Church, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently issued an executive order to strengthen the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law. The RPRH was a 14-year contentious battle before its hard-fought…

Hallmarks of Genocide: The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

In Majority-Buddhist Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim minority, comprising of roughly one-million people, reside mainly in the Rakhine State on the country’s west coast. Myanmar has a long history of the repression and persecution of the Rohingya, to whom it denies…

The Precarious Position of Hong Kong’s Sovereignty

On October 12, two young legislators from Hong Kong, Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, used their Legislative Council oath-taking ceremony as an opportunity to denounce China and promote their pro-independent Hong Kong sentiments. During the mandatory ceremony before sitting on…

The Passing of the King: Thailand’s New Era

The recent passing of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has thrust the country into a period of mourning, leaving its people shocked and uncertain about the future lying ahead. King Bhumibol died at the age of 88 on October 14. His was…

Flight of the International Students’ Trend

Getting an education abroad is an increasingly likely prospect for students across the globe, especially for those living in the Global South. In the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the world’s stock of internationally mobile students grew to approximately 5 million. Advocates of globalisation tend…