“Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised”

On 31 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Oxfam in Asia’s Mustafa Talpur’s oped “Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised” was published by Bangkok Post. In the op-ed, the authors highlight that the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened inequality among marginalised communities in Asia. The oped is based on the entries of the top ten finalists in the 2020-2021 Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award.

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“Lawlessness threatens to plunge Myanmar into protracted civil war”

On 23 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. Robin Ramcharan penned an op-ed for the East Asia Forum. In the oped, he discusses the issue of lawlessness of the military junta in Myanmar. Dr. Ramcharan outlines the solutions and approach needed to address the situation and to avoid the risk of the country plunging into civil war.

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“Myanmar’s digital regime foreshadows SE Asia”

On 15 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung penned an op-ed for Bangkok Post. In the op-ed, the authors discuss how the Junta’s blocking of the internet and media holds consequences for Southeast Asia. The authors argue that the tactics deployed by the junta during the coup do not bode well for the region.

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“Myanmar’s troubles signal erosion of democracy in Southeast Asia”

On 3 February 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung penned an op-ed for the Jakarta Post. In the op-ed, the authors argue that the coup in Myanmar is a sign of democracy’s regression in Southeast Asia. COVID-19 is increasingly being used by authoritarian regimes as an excuse to move against democratic gains acquired by political opponents.

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“COVID-19 eroding electoral democracy in Southeast Asia”

On 10 January, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung wrote an oped for Mizzima News on COVID-19’s impact on Southeast Asia’s electoral democracy. They noted that governments across the region have used the pandemic as an excuse to call off parliament sittings, manipulate the timing of elections to their advantage or declare emergency rule. The article was published in Myanmar 3 weeks before the coup.

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