ISIS recruits from the Asia-Pacific

The biggest threat to national security, involving migrants, is the ISIS’ reach to vulnerable migrant groups to recruit them. ISIS is known to be actively recruiting fighters and families from wider Asia, including Rohingya fleeing Myanmar and seeking asylum in Indonesia and Malaysia, Uighurs in Xinjiang, Tajik migrants in Russia and even migrant Indonesian domestic…

North Korean Kidnapping in Southeast Asia

Among many issues that the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (UN COI) on the human rights situations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) covered in their 2014 report was the kidnapping of foreign nationals by North Korean spies under the direct order by Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader Kim…

What is life like for North Koreans in Britain?

Some 700 North Koreans now live in the United Kingdom. So why do they leave South Korea, and what role could they have when the peninsula is unified? By Jiyoung Song   More and more North Koreans are living in Britain, with the number seeing a steep hike between 2006 and 2009, although many North…

Karen Refugees and Education at the Thai-Burma Borderlands

Given the diversion of the international funds into Burma, community-based education across the Thai-Burma border is the solution for relieving human insecurity of this vulnerable migrant group at the borderlands.   Mobility, only a halfway through human right  Mobility gives freedom for human beings. However, it is not a human right. Article 13 of the…

In the Making of North Korean Defector-Activists

Introduction In March 2013, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights in North Korea and appointed Michael Kirby, a retired Australian judge as the chairperson of the COI and two other commissioners. The COI report in February 2014 accused the North Korean leader, Kim Jong…