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APHR's new podcast channel discusses the most important human rights developments across Southeast Asia.
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Welcome to the final episode in our series, Myanmar: Anatomy of a Coup - Looking Ahead. Throughout the series, we've had one eye on this final episode, which aims to use much of what we've discussed in earlier episodes to provide solid recommendations to international actors - including governments, but also humanitarian actors, think-tanks, and anyone with an interest in Myanmar - about what measures can be taken to support the brave efforts being made by the people on the ground in Myanmar, and help bring an end to the military's rule. If you'd like to support the efforts for democracy in Myanmar, please visit the pages below: ISupportMyanmar - https://www.isupportmyanmar.com/ Frontier Myanmar membership - https://www.frontiermyanmar.net/en/membership/Myanmar Now donation - https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/donate
In Episode 4 of our podcast series, Myanmar: Anatomy of a Coup, we'll step outside Myanmar's borders, and analyze the country's international relations, both before and after the coup took place. We'll look at those dynamics close to home, notably with China and neighbors in Southeast Asia, as well as further afield to countries with significant interests in Myanmar, including Japan, Russia, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. If you'd like to support the efforts for democracy in Myanmar, please visit the pages below: ISupportMyanmar - https://www.isupportmyanmar.com/ Frontier Myanmar membership - https://www.frontiermyanmar.net/en/membership/Myanmar Now donation - https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/donate
In Episode 3 of our podcast series, Myanmar: Anatomy of a Coup, we'll hear from the many people up and down the country who have risen up against the military since its February 1 coup. This includes human rights defenders, journalists, politicians, and members of the Civil Disobedience Movement, to better understand why so many people across Myanmar are willing to risk their lives to bring and end to military rule in the country.If you'd like to support the efforts for democracy in Myanmar, please visit the pages below: ISupportMyanmar - https://www.isupportmyanmar.com/ Frontier Myanmar membership - https://www.frontiermyanmar.net/en/membership/Myanmar Now donation - https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/donate
In episode two of our 5-part series, Anatomy of a Coup, we'll delve into the historic pattern of violence Myanmar's military, the Tatmadaw, has used in all corners of the country, and how the brutality we are witnessing today is just the latest in a long history of oppression and state-terror it has meted out against the Myanmar people. For more information about APHR's work, please check out our website, aseanmp.org. 
On the 1st of February 2021, Myanmar’s military grabbed power in a coup d’etat, and declared a state of emergency with all legislative, executive and judicial powers handed to Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Within a day of the military's power grab, government workers launched a Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), in order to make the country ungovernable for the junta, while younger generations who'd sampled a taste of democracy have also organised mass nationwide protests. Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, has responded to the protests and CDM with their stock standard response of devastating violence, killing hundreds and arresting thousands. In APHR’s new 5-part series, Anatomy of a Coup, we’ll be taking a close look at the major players in Myanmar’s current environment: the coup maker, those resisting the coup, and the external influencers. We'll be speaking with a range of people, both inside and outside of Myanmar, to try to better understand these players’ mindsets, interests and motivations, with a view to identifying measures to put an end to the military's chaotic rule and ensure that democracy and the will of the people prevail. Episode 1 looks at the country’s most powerful institution, the Tatmadaw. Running over two episodes, the first part unpacks the Tatmadaw: how big it is, how it views itself and how it funds itself. In the second episode we will delve into its historic pattern of violence, and how the brutality we are currently seeing is just the latest in a long history of oppression and state-terror it has meted out against the Myanmar people.For more information about APHR's work, please check out our website aseanmp.org. 
Episode one in a two-part series that assesses the response of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State, following the devastating military-led crackdown on the Rohingya population that began on the 25th of August 2017. "Believe me, as a young man in the camps, it is like hell for me. And I believe it is the same for everyone here in the camps." 
Our final episode in this series, "'Excluded and undermined': Female MPs targeted" looks at the threats and harassment against women lawmakers who as well as the reprisals faced by their male counterparts, are also targeted with campaigns of sexist vilification. In this episode, we'll be interviewing Pannika Wanich, a former Thai MP for the Future Forward Party, Senator Risa Hontiveros, as well as Brigitte Fillion, from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)."When I entered politics boldly and confidently, like I am, it made people displeased with me. They are accustomed to a modest, sweet, obedient woman. I am nothing like that. I think that's why I have faced many criticisms in politics. "
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has become notorious for his so-called war on drugs, which has seen thousands killed since he took office. In addition to this, he has also deliberately undermined the political opposition, particularly those who have been critical of his drugs war, and other controversial policies. President Duterte has resorted to filing trumped-up lawsuits and other forms of harassment to target opposition lawmakers, the media and human rights activists. As this episode explores, he has also used more subtle tactics to undermine parliamentary democracy. "This is political harassment; part of the President's project of shock and awe against the Flilipino public. Instilling fear, especially in the communities that have borne the brunt of the extrajudicial killings, but also towards political society, to demobilise Filipinos."  
Episode two in a two-part series that assesses the response of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State, following the devastating military-led crackdown on the Rohingya population that began on the 25th of August 2017."To be completely candid, I think ASEAN has been pathetic in its handling of the crisis in Rakhine, going back to even the time before Burma was allowed to join ASEAN." 
The human rights situation today in Cambodia is dire, and rapidly deteriorating under Prime Minister Hun Sen's single-party state. In 2017, Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the only viable opposition party in the country. In this episode, we interview exiled CNRP vice president Mu Sochua, as well as academics, journalists and labour activists, about the impact the dissolution has had on the human rights situation in the country. "Corruption and violence and violation of human rights are part of life in Cambodia, and people at the grassroots level, people even at the top-level of government, are aware of the level of corruption, are aware of the level of injustice." 
In February 2020, Thailand's Constitutional Court dissolved the Future Forward Party, which was the third most popular party in the country's general election a year earlier, and stripped 12 of its MPs of their parliamentary status. In this episode, we interview Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, founder of the Future Forward Party, about why he believes his party was targeted, and the impact of the dissolution. That decision has been a contributing factor to the pro-democracy demonstrations currently sweeping across the country, and we'll also be speaking with human rights groups, as well as figures involved in the protest movement. "Our existence in the long run would jeopardise their stronghold on power. So I think it's a distraction, it's a leverage, and it's an attempt to destroy us." 
An introduction to APHR's new podcast series, Parliamentarians at Risk, which discusses the reprisals faced by opposition MPs in Southeast Asia, and the rise of authoritarianism. 
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