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  • Indonesia Continues to Disappoint on Religious Freedom

    The United States Commission on Individual Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has again rated Indonesia as a Tier 2 country. The Tier 2 designation indicates that “violations engaged in or tolerated by the government are particularly severe.” It means that the country is on the threshold of joining Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, … More

    India On Path to Property Rights

    The right to own property is a given in much of the world. Although Indian citizens can own property, that right is limited and legally tenuous. In fact, the vast majority of the land is owned by the state. Barun Mitra of the Liberty Institute in India is doing everything … More

    Asia’s Persistent Drug Problem Could Hit Home

    Drug wars have plagued Asia for decades, and the drug problem continues to stem the tide of economic growth and development in the region. A recent study released by the United Nations noted that Afghanistan, the number one opium producer in the world, may soon be producing over 90 percent … More

    Asia: Kerry’s Missing Puzzle Piece

    “[T]his budget isn’t just a collection of numbers; it’s an illustration of our values and priorities,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in his testimony before the House Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed State Department budget. It’s not clear from his testimony today that one of those priorities is … More

    China’s Egregious Human Rights Record

    Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a renowned human rights advocate and former prisoner in China, told Congress the … More

    State of Emergency Declared in Burma

    Burma’s president, Thein Sein, has declared a state of emergency in the town of Meikhtila and the surrounding region due to ongoing violence between the Muslim and Buddhist population in central Burma. The violence allegedly began when a Muslim owner of a gold shop got into a dispute with his … More

    North Korea: A Neglected Human Rights Crisis

    North Korea has been making headlines for its threats of preemptive nuclear attacks on the United States. In addition to North Korea’s belligerent military actions, the international community cannot turn a blind eye to the regime’s appalling record of human rights violations and its economic stagnation resulting from three generations … More

    Pakistan: Religious Intolerance Mounts with Christian Home Burnings

    More than 3,000 Muslims stormed a Christian enclave in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, and proceeded to burn down an estimated 100 to 160 homes, marking a peak in violence toward religious groups. The Muslim group was looking for a 28-year-old Christian man who is accused of blaspheming the Islamic … More

    Sri Lanka: Calling Attention to Human Rights

    The United States recently introduced its second United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka, calling attention to the government’s alleged violations of international human rights law. The resolution supports reconciliation efforts and requires government investigation into allegations of human rights abuses and indiscriminate killings of Tamil civilians … More

    Taiwan Needs Japan as Much as It Needs the U.S.

    Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and will prove profitable for U.S. security and economic interests. The Heritage Foundation recently hosted a discussion on the future of U.S. relations with Taiwan. Randy Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State … More