Monthly Archives: February 2021

New year in Asia-Pacific: Crackdown, state of emergency, and harsh prison convictions

Positive developments in the region such as prison releases and the outlawing of the “virginity test” were overshadowed by mass arrests in Hong Kong, an absurdly long prison term handed out to a Thai elderly woman for “insulting” the king, the silencing of journalists in Vietnam ahead of the Communist Party Congress, and the shocking