Trump: My Hopes, Fears, Prayers And Reflections

The immediate consequences of the US election result have been chilling. In Moscow, Beijing and Pyongyang, as well as among Islamic extremists and Burma's Buddhist nationalists, and in almost every authoritarian regime in the world, there have been celebrations. May President-elect Trump prove us all wrong...
11/11/2016 17:11 GMT

China Is Today's Goliath, And It Needs the Courage of David to Stand Up to It

China's belligerence is making it look increasingly like the Old Testament warrior Goliath, not only in its size and power, but in its attitude to the rest of the world. But there the parallel ends, because among the international community - governments, corporations, international institutions - no David has yet appeared. On the contrary, the Goliath that is China today is holding everyone else to ransom.
14/06/2016 12:01 BST

Shahbaz Bhatti: My Hero, My Colleague, My Friend and Brother

Let us all, in our own ways, continue to work to ensure that the values for which Shahbaz lived, and died, did not die with him but live on, in all of us, and that those values - freedom of religion or belief for all; peace, harmony and respect between people of different faiths...
02/03/2016 12:47 GMT

Kim Jong-Un - See You in Court

Yesterday Australian judge Michael Kirby, who chaired the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea, delivered a blisteringly brilliant presentation of his report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva...
18/03/2014 10:36 GMT

Indonesia: Pluralism in Peril

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democracy, fourth most populous country and sixteenth largest economy is at a crossroads: politically, economically and socially...
17/03/2014 11:34 GMT

My 14 Priorities for 2014

Admittedly, my direct involvement is in Asia and so I draw heavily on my experiences there. But the principles hold, wherever they arise - for the values in contention are universal.
23/12/2013 11:07 GMT

My Human Rights Wish-List

In his superb article '<a href="" target="_hplink">A Human Rights Wish-list for 2013</a>', Jack Healey encouraged us to chose our own wish-list. I have taken up that suggestion.
13/01/2013 15:38 GMT

As a friend, Britain Should Warn Indonesia That Its Pluralism Is in Peril

It is right to invite President Yudhoyono to Britain, it is right to seek to deepen our friendship, and it is right to applaud Indonesia's achievements. But in a spirit of friendship, David Cameron and the British Government should not shy away from addressing the challenges as well as lauding the accomplishments.
15/10/2012 10:19 BST

Hu and Wen, Why?

Even if prisoners are not actually executed, life in North Korea's gulags is virtually a death sentence. Over 200,000 people are incarcerated in labour camps reminiscent of those set up by Stalin, where every day is a struggle for survival.
12/03/2012 21:55 GMT

Burma Should Honour Freedom's Martyrs and Revive the Spirit of Panglong

Four years ago today, gunmen under orders from Burma's dictatorship came to a house in Thailand in broad daylight and shot dead a man as he sat on his veranda. The man who was assassinated was the General Secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, one of the most prominent spokesmen for Burma's ethnic nationalities.
14/02/2012 14:44 GMT