Asia-Pacific

The Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government for withdrawing its recognition of the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal of the Laws of the Sea, leaving East Timor with no legal avenues to assert its rights.

Socialist Alliance supports and campaigns for:
  • The abolition of debts to Australia incurred by poor nations in the South Pacific and south-east Asia;

  • The extension of aid programs, under the democratic control of local communities;

  • An extension of Australian citizenship to Pacific islanders displaced by global warming;

  • The withdrawal of Australian troops and police from countries in the region;

Media reports about a deal being struck this week between the Australian government and Cambodia to resettle refugees from Nauru have been denied by Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison. However the government has confirmed that negotiations towards a memorandum of understanding were continuing.

The people of India have taken to the streets to protest against an act which indirectly discriminates Muslims in India. A wave of protests are underway in India due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), also known as CAB previously.

We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the latest coup d’état staged by Thai military under the leadership of Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Socialist Alliance condemns the racist, anti-Muslim terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, New Zealand. By actively promoting racism and Islamophobia, the Morrison government of Australia and the Trump US administration share responsibility for this atrocity.

Socialist Alliance has joined with regional parties and solidarity groups in a statement to support the people of Venezuela against the ongoing threats, destabilisation and violent attacks, orchestrated by right-wing forces with the backing of the US.

Another round of United Nations climate talks were being negotiated in Warsaw, Poland, this week when the strongest typhoon recorded to hit land swept across the Philippines before moving on to Vietnam.

Joseph Elu, chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, told Radio National’s PM on January 5 that the islands that have been home to Indigenous people for thousands of years are “being inundated”, right now because of climate change.

Indian feminist and socialist Kavita Krishnan was the keynote speaker at the People's Power in the “Asian Century” seminar in Sydney on June 7. The seminar was held as part of the Socialist Alliance’s 10th national conference over the weekend of June 7-9.

On August 17, Indonesian Independence Day, armed Indonesian police, soldiers and radical Islamic militia stormed a student dormitory in the Indonesian city of Surabaya (on the island of Java), which housed West Papuan students, arresting 43.

The attack reportedly took place because the students had allegedly refused to raise the Indonesian flag.

The Australian government is continuing military cooperation with the genocidal Myanmar regime, despite its attacks on Rohingya civilians.

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