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  • North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More

    Burma’s Release of Child Soldiers: Promising, but Not Enough

    This past week, Burma announced the release of 68 child soldiers from its ranks. This latest action is promising, but progress toward ridding the army of its estimated 5,000 child soldiers is likely to be a long and arduous process. The U.S. should maintain pressure on Burma to ensure that … More

    Cambodia's Flawed Elections

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has once again been returned to power in Cambodia. Election results are hotly contested by the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and allegations of voter fraud are being levied against the ruling party. The party’s leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been in … More

    Zero Troops in Afghanistan: The Taliban Dream Option

    “The zero option is the Taliban dream option. An abrupt drawdown would pave the way for the Taliban to regain influence and cripple the U.S. ability to conduct counter-terrorism missions in the region,” Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation stated in recent remarks at a conference on Afghanistan on Capitol … More

    Enhanced Military Cooperation: U.S. and Philippines Should Seize the Day

    According to press reports, the U.S. and the Philippines have floated the possibility of building joint storage facilities for U.S. humanitarian and disaster relief equipment on Filipino territory. Military cooperation between the two nations is already strong, but greater U.S. presence in the region would help the Philippines counter an … More

    Burma: Neighbors Call Out Regime on Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

    Burma’s neighbors are finally speaking out about the ethnic cleansing occurring at their doorsteps. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have made public statements asking Burma to revisit its policy toward the Muslim minority Rohingya as violence continues to escalate in the nation. Earlier this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa called … More

    American Pastor Languishing in North Korea Labor Camp

    In a newly released video interview, Kenneth Bae, a Christian pastor and Korean-American imprisoned in a North Korean labor camp, pleads for the U.S. government to take up his case and advocate for his freedom. Bae has been sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean prison camp, where he … More

    Include Taiwan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    “We do hope to [get] into TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as early as possible,” said Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, former senior adviser to the President on Taiwan, at a recent event at The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Chan’s statement reflects the opinion of the Taiwanese government and key analysts who echo the sentiment … More

    Human Trafficking Still a Major Concern in Asia

    The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking. China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human … More

    Opposition to Burma’s “Two-Child Policy” Mounting

    Burma’s political icon, Aung san Suu Kyi, is finally speaking out about the plight of ethnic populations in Burma, and the U.S. State Department seems to be listening. Burma is facing opposition from the U.S. for its “two-child policy” targeting the Muslim minority Rohingya. Recent enforcement of the 1994 two-child … More