Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal – Victims’ “Right to a Remedy”

February 7, 2012 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #129 – Case 002 of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is underway, more than three decades after the genocide that killed 1.7 million Cambodians. On trial before a hybrid United Nations/Cambodian judiciary are the three alleged most senior remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. They face charges of crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, genocide, homicide, torture, and religious persecution. […]

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Asia Pacific Policy Studies (Special Edition)

November 29, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #124 – Our Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) is a boutique program offering training focused on the Asia Pacific to prepare graduates for professional careers in policy-analysis and policy-making. MAAPPS gives you the opportunity to focus on topics ranging from international relations and Asia’s place in the world, to human security and human rights, governance, international development and more. MAAPPS is an innovative and flexible program that can be tailored to suit you and your goals. […]

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Livelihood Clashes in Inner Mongolia and Mongolia

June 9, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #87 – The Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center, a U.S.-based group, has been reporting on protests in cities along the central-northeastern border between the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) in China and Mongolia. These reports raise the spectre of ethnic conflict between Han Chinese and Mongolians. In fact, the origins of conflict are less ethnic in nature and more of a clash between traditional pastoral livelihoods and mining operations. […]

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Is China the Next Domino?

February 25, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #59 (Part 2) – Authoritarian regimes seem to be crumbling almost daily. Will China go the way of Middle Eastern dictatorships?

The similarities are obvious. China relies on harsh measures to put down calls for democratic reform. And it is plagued by a huge gap between rich and poor, rampant corruption, rising prices of basic food stuffs, and high unemployment among recent university graduates. […]

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Examining North Korean Foreign Policy (Video Interview with Dr. Kyung-Ae Park)

February 8, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #54 – We are witnessing rapid changes in the foreign policy environment of North Korea. These changes have serious regional and global implications. Nuclear weapons, famine, refugees, human rights, and regional security, are issues that, according to Professor Kyung-Ae Park, require a thorough understanding of the domestic and external forces behind North Korea’s foreign policy. Her book, New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy brings together 10 of the world’s leading experts to examine the challenges facing North Korea in the foreign policy arena today. […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia and the Sidelining of Corruption and Human Rights Issues

October 6, 2010 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #26 – Last month over four hundred members of Asia’s business community converged on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for a four-day conference dedicated to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The CSR Asia Summit organized by Hong Kong-based CSR Asia has become one of the region’s most dynamic conferences, bringing together a wide range of corporate stakeholders. Based on this year’s theme, ‘Strategic Solutions for Sustainability,’ the Summit aimed to highlight the close relationship between the social, environmental, and economic risk factors of doing business in Asia. […]

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Canadian Mining and Human Rights in Asia: Building an Advantage or Dismantling Competitiveness?

September 1, 2010 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #16 – On September 20, 2010, Canada’s House of Commons will give third reading to the Private Members Bill, C-300. If passed, it will have significant implications for the Canadian extractive industry’s nearly $9 billion worth of mining assets throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It is expected to draw fierce opposition from the Conservative side of the House. Although the proposed law has sparked a much-needed debate on mining and human rights, it is deeply flawed. […]