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Podcast: Watching Human Rights in Southeast Asia

As Southeast Asian leaders were gathering in Melbourne for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch spoke with The Diplomat’s Luke Hunt about elections and the deteriorating freedoms in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam over the last decade. Listen here.

In his role as Deputy Director for Asia at New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), Phil Robertson has spearheaded investigations into human rights violations across Southeast Asia for the past 15 years, calling out and upsetting governments of all stripes.

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Rapid decline in workers’ rights globally

Each year, the ITUC Global Rights Index rates countries depending on their compliance with collective labour rights and documents the violations of internationally recognised rights by governments and employers. In

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