This Week’s Social Change News from Asia – Week of December 17, 2012

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This post puts a spotlight on two important Asian NPTech issues: human rights and Asian self reliance. Find below stories on the status of human rights in China and Southeast Asia as well as how richer Asian countries are reaching out to help their developing neighbors.


Guest Post by Tiffany Pintor

Typhoon Bopha Disaster Relief in the Philippines


December 2012

Category five typhoon, Bopha (also called Pablo) has now left more than 1,000 people dead or missing in the Philippines. Devastation has mainly been across the southern island of Mindanao. ACT Alliance and other NGOs are doing massive disaster relief.


Activists urge focus on China rights violations

Taipei Times

Dec 2012

Speaking at the International Human Rights Day organized by the New School for Democracy in Taipei. Chinese democracy advocate Wang Dan called for support for Liu Xiaobo and the more than 4,000 people who have been locked up without a proper trial in China.


States and human rights in Southeast Asia

The Jakarta Post

December 11 2012

Thnis is an overview of human rights in Southeast Asia. This story also highlights the role of civil society and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting policies in the region.


Taiwanese NGO opens Kyrgyzstan branch

Focus Taiwan

 November 2012

Chairman Lin Po-rung, the chairman of Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) has opened a branch in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia, which is one poorest countries in Asia.



Japanese NGO gives exploited Asian kids fresh start

Japan Times

Nov. 2012

This is a profile of Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders), a Tokyo-based nonprofit group is working to help street children providing job training to street children in Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Palestinian territories.



Tiffany Echavez Pintor was born in Cebu, Philippines but grew up in South California.  After studying International Relations and Finance at Stanford and Oxford Universities, she worked in various writing and analytical roles in politics, venture capital and nonprofits.


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