Blog Posts: Southeast Asia

Filipino fisherman file claim against China for denying "any port in a storm"

Sixteen Filipino fishermen are asking the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights to intervene, alleging that Chinese mariners denied them entry to calm waters during harsh weather, shot at them with water cannons, rammed their boats, and even chased them with machine guns.

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No Comments | Posted by Bethany A. Boring on Tue. October 6, 2015 12:23 AM
Categories: China, Customary International Law, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Territorial disputes

Lѐse Majesté: Antiquated Law or Dictatorial Power?

Lѐse majesté laws, which criminalize an offense against the dignity of a reigning monarch or head of state, are certainly not new laws. The question here, however, is what place these laws have in the current world regime. Thailand has some of the most strict lѐse majesté laws in the world, and it is not one of the antiquated laws that the government has simply forgotten about. The lѐse majesté laws of Thailand carry a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of fifteen years.

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Posted by Christopher A. Byrd on Fri. March 27, 2015 10:16 AM
Categories: Southeast Asia, Thailand

Philippines v. China and the Failure to Appear

On 22 January 2013, the Republic of the Philippines sued the People’s Republic of China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“Convention”) over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea, a portion of the South China Sea that falls within the Philippines’s exclusive economic zone.

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Posted by William R. Hartzell (Will) on Wed. January 21, 2015 11:03 AM
Categories: China, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Territorial disputes, United Nations

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