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· March, 2021

Stories about East Asia from March, 2021

LIVE on April 7: The other health crisis—breaking the taboo on abortion

Unsafe abortions result in 30,000 deaths each year. Join us to hear women from Uganda, Thailand, Brazil, Pakistan and Poland talk about the reproductive rights situation in their countries.

The price of dissent: Women and political activism in Vietnam

Women "should think that our fight is not only against dictatorship ... It is also a fight to free ourselves from our own ideological constraints, from the prejudice that we...

How Hong Kong lost its academic freedom in 2020

Since the enactment of the national security law, professors have had contracts terminated, student protests were repressed, and a new curriculum will be implemented in all schools starting September 2021.

Timeline of the second month of military coup and terror in Myanmar

Images and videos of the brutality unleashed by Myanmar's military are widely shared on social media. Despite the terror tactics, pro-democracy forces are fighting back.

Chinese patriotic YouTuber apologizes after criticizing propaganda and corruption

"In our village, the forest land has not been distributed. It is so full of corruption!"

After pineapple ban, Taiwan calls Beijing’s new agricultural investment offer ‘an old trick’

Weeks after the pineapple ban, China offered incentives to Taiwanese agriculture and forestry sector to invest in rural tourism and plant high-end commercial crops in China.

Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ ordinance takes effect amid continuing concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency

"This ordinance strengthens the perception that the state of emergency we are currently in is a smokescreen to curb any form of criticism towards the government of the day."

Biru Terong Initiative: Using the power of video for social change in Indonesia

"We use video to capture the social-economic reality of marginalised groups of society and use that footage to stimulate dialogue and learning."

Myanmar's anti-coup protesters include DIY shields, women’s sarongs in their defensive arsenal

Myanmar's security forces have become more brutal in suppressing the anti-coup movement but protesters have devised creative and unusual tactics to survive and avoid the riot police.

Exiled activists launch the ‘2021 Hong Kong Charter,’ a vision for the future of the pro-democracy movement

"Hongkongers, whether in Hong Kong or overseas, are capable of overriding the script written by the state and instead write their own story."

An interview with a blogger who connects Myanmar and Hong Kong's dream for democracy

"Exchanges among activists could help reflect on the inadequacy of local protests and develop a wider horizon in understanding the significance of the pro-democracy movement in Asia."

Sunday's death toll rises to 71 in crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar

"These shooting[s] are totally unacceptable. They are not dispersing the protests. They are just murdering the people with violence."

‘This goes way beyond brutality': Myanmar coup and the military's violent suppression of democracy

Myanmar protesters are being killed for resisting the military government. As violence continues to worsen, many are appealing for urgent UN intervention.

In the streets and online, Myanmar's citizens unite in creative opposition to the military junta

"The protests have also been highly inclusive, welcoming people representing a diversity of professions and identities, including people from a range of religious faiths and from the LGBTQ community."

What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021

"Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women."

How COVID-19 ramped up a simmering hostility between Brazil and China

While governments around the world scrambled to secure vials of the COVID-19 vaccine, Bolsonaro refused to negotiate with drug companies, especially the Chinese ones.

Scenes from Myanmar’s deadliest week as coup enters second month

"They are so determined to see the death of the military dictatorship, there is simply no way their movement can die."

How human voice matters in the Chinese political discussion on Clubhouse

The voices that Zhang treasured was the shocking utterance of ordinary people when they first heard about what happened in Xinjiang and in Tiananmen Square.

For this Filipina journalist, every day is a battle with fear

Rampant impunity means that accountability for attacks against activists and journalists is virtually non-existent.

Cambodia’s internet gateway could intensify surveillance and censorship

"Government surveillance cultivates an environment of fear, creating incentives for self-censorship and directly undermining the ability of journalists and human rights defenders to undertake their work."

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