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Myanmar’s Rohingya: ‘At a Certain Point You Can’t Treat Hopelessness’

Having no agency in life and feeling entirely abandoned add to the already health-and-life threatening situation of the Rohingya in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Without a clear regional response and international attention shifting elsewhere, minimum standards of living in the contained settlements are deteriorating, Doctors Without Borders’ Paul McPhun says in this conversation.

In COVID-19, The ‘We’ Needs to Include Migrant Workers

COVID-19 may have forced Singapore and Malaysia to address the appalling living conditions of migrant workers they host. But larger and wider problems such as the lack of social protection, as well as discrimination that has become worse during the pandemic, persist.

เอเชียอาคเนย์สู้โควิด: คำว่า “พวกเรา” ต้องรวมถึงแรงงานข้ามชาติด้วย

สถานการณ์โควิด-19 ทำให้สิงคโปร์และมาเลเซียจำต้องหันมาดูแลสภาพความเป็นอยู่ที่น่าอนาถของแรงงานข้ามชาติในประเทศ แต่ปัญหาที่ใหญ่และหนักกว่านั้นก็ยังคงอยู่ เช่นไม่มีการปกป้องทางสังคม และมีการกีดกันเพิ่มขึ้นในช่วงโรคระบาดนี้

IN NUMBERS: COVID-19 Vaccination in Southeast Asia

Check out our charts to know how the vaccination drive is playing out: How many vaccine doses have been administered in the region? What’s the share of their population that has been fully vaccinated? How willing are people to be vaccinated? Which vaccines are which countries using?

To Mediate In Myanmar, ASEAN Needs A New Template

Asean has been pooh-poohed by many, but it is still the most pragmatic bet for talking  to Myanmar’s military. But can it convene a coordinated international response, with the west as bad cop and it as the negotiator, under heightened expectations about its doing ‘the right thing’ in our digitally connected world?

สัมภาษณ์ แรงงานอพยพในอาเซียน: โควิด-19 ทำให้เราเหลือศูนย์

แรงงานอพยพถูกมองอย่างไม่เป็นมิตรอีกครั้งหลังเกิดวิกฤติโควิด-19 ซึ่งทำให้เกิดคำถามที่ว่า การรณรงค์นานหลายสิบปีให้คนเข้าใจชีวิตและบทบาทของผู้ใช้แรงงานกลุ่มนี้ ไม่ได้ช่วยอะไรเลยเหรอ?

IN NUMBERS: COVID-19 Cases in Southeast Asia

Numbers are important, but so is context. Click here to view data visualisation charts around trends in the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. A Reporting ASEAN collaboration with Yvonne Chua. 

Already Low in Numbers, Nurses Take Tough Hit from COVID-19

COVID-19 has stirred an outpouring of support for nurses, who are often the first responders in public health emergencies. But it has also shown up the looming shortage of nurses worldwide, and the costs of outmigration of health professionals from  developing countries that need them. Yvonne T Chua tells us more in this Reporting ASEAN article.

Strict, Stricter, Strictest? ASEAN Countries’ Restrictions Amid COVID-19

As of 30 March, the three ASEAN countries that have the highest level of stringency are: Vietnam (100), Laos (95.24), the Philippines (90.48). When, and which restrictions the region’s governments took, are captured in this  infographic that draws out data from the Stringency Index of the Government Response Tracker of  Oxford University, UK.

MAP: Filipino Voices in the time of COVID-19

Click on the location points in this map to read thoughts from Filipinos, probably the world’s most globalized nations with over 10 million people overseas. Their thoughts provide a good lens through which to see how different, yet the same, our situations are during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Disrupts the Philippines’ Migration Story

The Philippines, the world’s top exporter of labour, is seeing group after group of overseas workers return after losing their jobs in the wake of the economic shock dealt by the COVID-19 crisis. The country has never seen anything like this in its 50 years of experience in labour exports. How will the pandemic change migration? Johanna Son of Reporting ASEAN reports in this Q&A chat.

Life In The Time of COVID-19: Spaces

A series of photos, this one themed around how our living spaces in Southeast Asia look and feel like, as we struggle to cope with the #COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to our contributors, and we’re open to more.

Download: Reportage Around ASEAN-Related Issues: A Tip Sheet

BANGKOK, Jan 18 (Reporting ASEAN) – ASEAN. Whether you love reporting on it, or would rather flee from it, the ASEAN Community will continue to stay within the news radar of Southeast Asia’s media and journalists. This handy booklet takes not only journalists but students and followers of foreign policy, media and development, or anyone […]

Vietnam: Think Green, Act Green 

Young people can do a lot to clean up their communities, reports Hoa Hoc Tro’s Trang Thuc Van. She  lists some initiatives that Vietnamese can sign up for – and take action themselves. After all, youngsters around the world are much more environmentally aware and even ASEAN, which Vietnam chairs in 2020, is discussing this shared problem, she explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.

In Challenging Waters, Vietnam to Steer ASEAN as Mediator

Vietnam wants to be a bridge builder for ASEAN as Chair for 2020, using its skills in staying multilateral politically and economically -– and looks far beyond the headline-grabbing South China  issue and its giant neighbor to the north. Du Nhat Dang explains in this Reporting ASEAN feature.

‘You Can Save Two-Thirds of the Earth!’

Don’t wait for a superhero to come save the Earth, when you can be that superhero to save two-thirds of the Earth!  Trang Thuc Van of Hoa Hoc Tro urges Gen Z to take green matters into their hands in this article for the Reporting ASEAN series.

SURVEY REPORT: How Do Newsrooms Cover ASEAN-related Issues?

Click to download the report on the results of Reporting ASEAN’s survey among editors in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, The gems in this in formation-gathering exercise lie in the editors’ evaluations of how familiar their organizations and journalists are with ASEAN issues, what news priority they give to ASEAN- related coverage, their assessments of the strengths, weaknesses and needs of their journalists, as well as what they identify as the toughest reporting challenges in covering ASEAN’s role, relevance and impact.

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