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RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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 Political Analysis, Vietnam

[Vietnamese only] Some Outstanding Issues of Vietnam in the First Nine Months & Policy Recommendations

800 copies of the book “Some outstanding issues of Vietnam in the first 9 months, and policy recommendations” have been printed and distributed to all National Assembly Members, and other relevant agencies in October and November 2020. The book provides NA members with overall picture of Vietnam situation in the first 9 months of 2020, with critical analysis and assessments from different perspectives. Learning from Dr. Nguyen Van Hien, president of ILS, the book has received positive feedbacks from many National Assembly members. Mr. Luu Binh Nhuong, one of NA member said that it is a valuable reference resource for him and other NA members.

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 Myanmar, Political Analysis

Myanmar’s Election Under the Threat of Right-Wing Populism

The fledgling democracy remains caught between ethnic tensions, military influence, and deep civil mistrust

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 Cambodia, Social Justice

Laborers’ Plight - Cambodia: Stories of the Ordinary Labor 2020

In our collaborative program with Cambodian Center for Independent Media, we illustrate incidents and problems encountered by the workers, by having them speak up for their own. The authority and employers are also interviewed for their sides of the stories, and their responses accordingly.

 

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 Social Justice

Prospects for Social, Ecological, and Economic Transformation in Vietnam: From Practice to Policy

The Institute of Policy and Management (IPAM) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) have cooperated to implement the first research projects on SEET in Vietnam from 2018 up to now. SEET is an interdisciplinary research direction focusing on common interests on a real sustainable development and policy implications for ensuring a balance between social, ecological, and economic factors. The purpose of this interdisciplinary research direction is to create knowledge that allows approach and proposal of practical solutions to ensure a better future for all. The main focus of the social, ecological and economic transformation research is to find ways to change the current production methods and lifestyles by examining and assessing the impact of the current methods on the social and ecologic foundation.

 

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 Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

The Relation Between Health Inequality And Low Health Utilization: The Case Of Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its remarkable economic and human development in the last 30 years. From one of the poorest nations in the world, the country successfully transformed to a lower-to-middle income country in 2010. Besides economic growth, Vietnam has also witnessed impressive human development as the country’s Human Development Index (HDI) value increased by 45.9 percent between 1990 and 2018 (UNDP, 2019). However, despite the huge and stable growth in the economy and human development, the country records low utilization of health services, especially among poor demographics. This study examines the impacts of health inequalities, political, economic, and social determinants on health utilization.

 

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Sexual violence in Vietnam: Issue of the present but rooted from the past

Talking about sexual violence, in general, is always a sensitive and hard-to-say topic. That is especially true in Vietnam. Data about sexual abuse is poor and primarily from qualitative research. The most recent national survey on violence against women reported 13 percent of married women experienced sexual violence from their husbands. A study of 2000 women and girls in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city in 2015 shows that 87 percent of women and girls suffer from sexual harassment in public places.  Starting with an assumption that sexual abuse emerged as a product of socio-cultural and historical progress, we sat down with Dr. Khuat Thu Hong - an expert with 40-year experience in this field, to explore its root causes. The interview also examines the responses of different actors to sexuality-related conflicts and reveals obstacles to the absent widespread of the #Metoo debate in Vietnam.
 

 

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 Social Justice

ASEAN’s Efforts and Limitations on Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights: In Search of Solutions through the Lens of Regulatory Regionalism

The issue of migrant workers’ rights has been a difficult challenge for ASEAN to address. Many commentators have pointed out the inadequacies of ASEAN’s governance on this issue, such as the lack of legally binding regional instruments which are compatible with international labour standards; the absence of an enforcement mechanism; and the poor protection of migrant labourers’ rights in its member states.

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Covid-19 as a Challenge to Vietnam’s Development Strategy: Effects on the Labour Force and Economic Growth

As an effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Vietnamese workers are finding ways to deal with the difficulty of massive layoffs from manufacturers. The pandemic also reveals flaws in the argument in favour of the national economic strategy based on the advantage of a cheap labour force and outsourcing manufacturing.

 

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 Cambodia, Social Justice

Land Privatization and Affordable Housing in Cambodia

Cambodia, with Phnom Penh at the forefront, has one of the fastest rates of urbanization in the world. Sadly, this growth is dominated by speculative, unplanned development that favours wealthy elites to the exclusion of the urban poor. The frenzied pace of construction is leading to a landscape pockmarked by projects in various stages of completion, towers looming over traditional homes, religious sites and colonial-era buildings. The quick pursuit of profit is often too hasty for the developments themselves with many failing to secure funding for completion.

 

 

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 Cambodia, Social Justice

The Conscience of Clothing

It’s a roadtrip about honest encounters and a progressive personal development story, translated through permanent reflexion of our two protagonists Helen Fares and Willy Iffland – taking a deep dive into the heart of Cambodia’s garment industry.

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