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The 'Visionary' Women Critical to a Unified Myanmar

A Kachin tribe woman listens to Aung San Suu Kyi in the town of Moe Kaung on February 23, 2012. (Soe Than Win/Getty Images)

Asia Society Asia 21 fellow Wenchi Yu argues that formerly-suppressed women's border NGOs should not be excluded from reform in Myanmar.

Video: Photography as a Revolutionary Tool in Bangladesh


Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam talks about the power of photography to promote change.

Chen Guangcheng, Hoping to Return Home, 'Waiting' on China to Enforce Laws

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng listens to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31, 2012 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/GettyImages)

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said during a public appearance today in New York that he hopes China can follow its own laws and that he can return to his native country after studying in the U.S.

In Southeast Asia, U.S. Preaches Human Rights While China Opens Door to Trade

A Cambodian woman washing dishes outside her house on the edge of the Boeung Kak lake (background) in central Phnom Penh as debris from destroyed buildings litter the ground nearby on May 25, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The U.S. needs to tone down its human rights rhetoric with Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar if it intends to compete with China in the region.

What You Need to Know About Myanmar's Upcoming Elections

A Burmese worker hangs up freshly silkscreened National League for Democracy party (NLD) tshirt ahead of the parliamentary elections March 26, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

"The world will be watching to see if the shift toward democracy in Myanmar is real," writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

Interview: Robert Barnett on Why Tibetans Are Setting Themselves on Fire

Tibetans offer prayers near mock coffins to represent the victims self-immolation during a rally in Siliguri, in the Indian state of West Bengal, on February 8, 2012. China said February 7 it would 'resolutely crack down' on any attempts to instigate violence in Tibetan-inhabited areas, where authorities have launched a deadly clampdown on protesters. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

Current tensions — including Tibetan monks and nuns using self-immolation as a form of protest — are not going to disappear without some concession from China's government, says a leading Tibet expert.

Video: Freed AIDS/HIV Doctors Reflect on Iran Captivity


Pioneering Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, discuss their time in captivity in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

Pakistani Activist Honored With Human Rights Award

Asma Jahangir, recipient of the UNA-USA Human Rights Award, in New York City on Nov. 9, 2011. (Joseph Catapano/UNA-USA)

Asma Jahangir, Pakistani human rights activist and outgoing president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association, was awarded the 2011 United Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force award November 9 at a special ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Jahangir spoke about fighting the odds to uphold human rights as a former rapporteur for the UN and the challenges she faced as an international monitor on human rights in Pakistan.

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy


In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.

China Unable to Keep Handle on Ai Weiwei's Twitter

Ai Weiwei's Twitter page shows him to be back in political action.

Chinese dissident artist has broken his government-mandated Twitter silence to speak out against the detainment of his friends.