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    UN's next human security challenge

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 30/05/2016

    » The security of the human person -- "human security" -- is of paramount concern whether in war or peace. As a notion to guiding international and national development since the 1990s, it has gained traction in underlining freedom from want, freedom from fear and freedom to live in dignity. It is thus auspicious that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising a key international conference tomorrow on human security and sustainable development, sharing and learning between international, regional and national experiences.

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    Human rights still in second place to 'Asian values'

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 22/11/2015

    » Earlier this year, a famous global weekly published an article titled “Asian Values”. Basically, it was delving into the longevity of various successful dynasties in the Asian region. Such is the debate in 2015.

  • OPINION

    Is Asean reeling in stormy economic waters?

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 19/07/2015

    » This is a catalytic year for Asean, the 10-country organisation born in 1967 to drive regional integration in Southeast Asia. It is the year when Asean will become entrenched in the form of three interconnected communities: The Asean Political Security Community (APSC), the Asean Economic Community and the Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). These are all underpinned by blueprints to be put into action by the end of the year.

  • OPINION

    UN must be resolute on Syria

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 20/10/2014

    » The war in Syria is deteriorating by the day and wreaks havoc on the daily lives of the population. In its destructive path, there is a vortex of bloody violations enmeshed with increasing extremism. The underlying challenge is this: What is the role of the UN Security Council in tackling this devastating mess?

  • OPINION

    Shining moment for civil society

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 16/09/2014

    » The role of civil society has come to the fore increasingly in recent years as part of the nation-building process in Asia. The term "civil society" itself can cover a range of actors, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), informal groups, media personnel and individuals.

  • OPINION

    Justice for children in detention

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 08/09/2014

    » It is now globally recognised that due to their evolving physical and psychological development, children should be treated differently from adults; they deserve to be given a second chance if they have done wrong. It is the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the work of the Child Rights Committee (established to monitor its implementation) which help to guide the global community on the current state of affairs and the good practices needed on this matter. The convention defines a child as a person under 18 years of age.

  • OPINION

    Asean must boost protection work

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 01/07/2014

    » A key achievement of the Charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2007 was to open the door to the establishment of a regional human rights body — an Asean human rights mechanism. Subsequently, the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was set up pursuant to the Terms of Reference (TOR), adopted by Asean in 2009.

  • OPINION

    How to tackle extremism across Asian communities

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 18/07/2014

    » The tide of religious extremism in the Asian region invites immediate attention. While there has been much recent coverage of extremist groups in Syria and Iraq which aim for an Islamic caliphate in their arc of radicalisation, other forms of religious extremism, including Buddhist extremists, have also emerged in South and Southeast Asia. The latter have attacked, as their target, minorities in their midst, particularly Muslim populations, such as Rohingya and other ethnic or religious groups.

  • OPINION

    Lessons of ‘Black May’ 1992 and the 2006 coup

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 23/05/2014

    » The month of May is at times an ominous month for Thailand. In 1991, the military staged a coup against a civilian government, arguing it was corrupt.

  • OPINION

    Time for action over North Korea

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 22/04/2014

    » Last week, for the first time, the UN Security Council held a special session on the situation of human rights in North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK). While the range of human rights abuses there are well-known to the international community, the Security Council took years before opting to discuss the issue. It was the voluminous findings of a UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in North Korea, published recently, which propelled it to the top of the UN agenda.

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