Cambodia
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Cambodia remains under the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen (in power since 1985), following a military coup orchestrated by Hun Sen in 1997. Hun Sen’s government is regularly accused of neglecting human rights and repressing political opposition. Cambodia is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the […]

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Indonesia
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Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, has in the past had a relatively good reputation for plural religious identity united under a monotheistic state ideology, however, this reputation was largely in decline during the term (2004-2014) of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (“SBY”). Under president Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”), elected 2014, there was […]

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Laos
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Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a landlocked country in which a third of the country’s 6.5 million people live below the international poverty line. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and especially freedom of opinion and expression, are significantly restricted in the single-party Marxist republic of Laos. Constitution and government […]

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Malaysia
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Malaysia is a federal, multi-territory constitutional monarchy, split across two land masses: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. There is a degree of freedom of religion or belief among the significant non-Muslim religious minorities including Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. However, rising attention on the small number (~1%) prepared to identify as […]

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Myanmar (Burma)
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Controversially renamed Myanmar by the military regime, the country otherwise known as Burma is emerging from decades of repressive military rule under emergency powers. Aung San Suu Kyi’s Natinoal League for Democracy won a larger-than-expected, landslide majorioty in the 2015 elections, widely regarded as a representative (though not without electoral […]

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Philippines
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The Philippines is an archipelago of which 7 islands host the majority of the 100 million population, the second largest population of countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Spanish and US influences remain strong, especially in terms of religion (mainly Roman Catholic) and government. Nominally Roman Catholics […]

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Singapore
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Singapore is a wealthy city-state of 5.5 million inhabitants, linked to mainland Malaysia. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963. Today, Singapore is a parliamentary constitutional republic, known for the conservatism of its leaders and its strict social controls. Constitution and government The constitution includes provisions for freedom […]

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Thailand
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After the Constitutional Court ruled the 2014 general elections invalid, and the carteaker Prime Minister and others to leave office, the army seized power in a military coup. In August 2014 the leader of the coup General Prayuth Chan-ocha was sworn in as Prime Minister. Martial law technically ended on […]

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Timor-Leste (East Timor)
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East Timor is a democratic sovereign state in southeast Asia with a population of approximately 1.1 million, of which it is estimated that 96% are Catholic. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of expression, assembly […]

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