The deadline to adhere to UN sanctions on North Korean businesses passed in late-2019, with notable efforts made to close ventures across Southeast Asia. But with attention elsewhere and the pressure off, sanctions adherence may fall on the backburner.
The global tourism industry has largely collapsed in the pandemic era. Now, internal migrants in Indonesia, drawn to their country’s most popular tourist destination Bali before the virus struck, are now in limbo waiting for their ticket home.
As Phnom Penh’s landscape has changed beyond recognition in recent years, one hotel has remained a constant feature. As Le Royal traverses its 90th year, Jonathan Evans looks back over the rich but turbulent history of this iconic colonial structure.
Singapore’s partial lockdown under “circuit breaker” mode has made the simple act of leaving the house a luxury for its citizens. For writer Toh Ee Ming, her long-ignored bicycle has become her lifeline, casting the city-state in a new light on her night-time rides.
As Southeast Asia remains locked down, efforts to prevent human trafficking are slowing. But the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic poses particular threats to vulnerable communities across the region, as it heightens the appeal of a better life elsewhere.
Art is so often regarded as non-essential and frivolous, an indulgence reserved for times of ease and comfort. But for Singaporean student Ashley Tan, this global pandemic has highlighted the importance and centrality of the medium in all of our lives.
Indonesia’s sizeable population of refugees – living in limbo awaiting resettlement without healthcare, employment, nutrition and social distancing – now fear what effect Covid-19 could have on their community following a confirmed case in mid-May.
A course based in the city of Vinh aims to give Vietnamese students who want to change the way animals are treated in Vietnam a chance to make a difference.
Indonesia is among the world’s most heavily plastic polluted nations. To tackle this, the National Plastic Action Partnership is the country’s most radical plan to date, but can it be effectively implemented and at what human cost?