Human rights

9. Aug 2013

On Testimonial Therapy & the Life Project

cambodia, conflict studies, Human rights, InFocus, Therapy, Trauma, Vietnam

INTERVIEW What testimonial therapy does is try & bring private suffering into public & political spheres.   Inger Agger (IA) is a psychologist, currently working with the Danish Institution Against Torture,(DIGNITY) and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. She visited Hong Kong in early March to conduct a workshop on Testimonial Therapy, which is her […]

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12. Mar 2013

Another China – other inequalities

China, gender, Human rights, InFocus

By Mai Corlin, Ph.D. student, Aarhus University Gender inequality is not simply the unfair treatment of men and women. It is a complex issue tied to a whole range of disparities in society at large, argues Professor Min Dongchao, who has just been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and will be a guest […]

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24. Jan 2013

The gunslinger state of Laos

development, economy, environment, Human rights, InFocus, Laos

On December 15, on his way back from work, the Laotian director, activist and award winner, Sombath Somphone, mysteriously disappeared. The last people to see him, according to leaked surveillance footage, were the Laotian authorities at a police control post, where he was pulled over, and then driven away in a different car. Despite that, […]

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21. Dec 2012

Myanmar – a country opening up?

Burma, democracy, development, Field work, Human rights, InFocus, Myanmar, politics

After 50 years of isolation Myanmar, formerly named Burma, is finally opening up to the outside world. According to the media the country is now welcoming tourists, foreign investment and development aid. But exactly what does the picture of openness look like in reality?   Photo taken in a small village in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta: […]

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20. Nov 2012

Pakistan: a consolidated democracy?

democracy, Elections, government, Human rights, InFocus, Islam, Pakistan, terrorism

Intervention at a conference arranged by South Asia Democratic Forum on the occasion of the UN Human Rights Council’s periodic review of  “Pakistan”, Palais des Nations, Geneva, October 30, 2012. by Stig Toft Madsen Senior Research Fellow NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies This intervention will cover the period from the return of Benazir […]

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15. Oct 2012

Mo Yan på tryggt avstånd från politiken av Johan Lagerkvist

China, culture, democracy, government, Human rights, InFocus, International relations, literature, politics

Svenska Akademiens beslut att 2012 års Nobelpris i litteratur går till den kinesiske författaren Mo Yan är ett val som får enorm uppmärksamhet i Kina. Det är svårt att överskatta Nobelprisernas betydelse i ett land och en kultur där dessa utmärkelser – i synnerhet de naturvetenskapliga – varit stora nyheter alltsedan reformpolitiken inleddes 1978. I en […]

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19. Jul 2012

So..what is the definition of Genocide, again?

Burma, genocide, Human rights, InFocus, minorities, Myanmar, politics, refugees

Rohingya: Rohingya is an ethnic minority with dark skin, Muslim beliefs and, for the most part, no citizenship anywhere. Some groups live as sea nomads.  Others live as illegal immigrants in Thailand, India or Bangladesh. Some live in refugee camps different places. Most live in poverty and most live in Burma.   Nobody likes the […]

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13. Mar 2012

A brief report from a Burma visit 13-21 February 2012

Burma, democracy, government, Human rights, InFocus, Karen, minorities, Myanmar, politics

Mikael Gravers, Aarhus University The situation: On the surface there is a more relaxed mood in Rangoon when I visited Burma. However, all agree that the old totalitarian system is still working. People are still arrested during the night. Thus, we are cautioned that the situation could change rapidly again after the by-elections. There is […]

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1. Mar 2012

A little tale about lies by Anya Palm

cambodia, corruption, democracy, Human rights, InFocus, politics, poverty, refugees, urban development

“The neighborhood of Dey Krahorm has never received a social land concession.” This was the words of Cambodian Information Minister His Excellency Khieu Kanharith when I last visited him for an interview. About a week ago. But let´s go back a little. Let´s go back to May 2003. Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech […]

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3. Oct 2011

A Dane in distress

Human rights, India, InFocus, Law, terrorism

By Stig Toft Madsen Research Associate, NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies The Purulia Arms drop in 1995 was a rare example of a private team of white criminals delivering weapons to an oppositional group in India. The main organizer of the arms drop was a Dane inter alia named Niels Holck. This blog discusses various […]

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