Laignee Barron,

Laignee Barron

Hong Kong

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  • Unknown
  • The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)
  • The Diplomat
  • The Myanmar Times

Past articles by Laignee:

Thai Activist in the Crosshairs of Feared Lesè-Majesté Law

“We must fight for oppressed," vows Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, 23 → Read More

Bangladesh Begins to Relocate Rohingya Refugees to Flood-Prone Island

Despite safety concerns and objections, Bangladeshi authorities are preparing to imminently transport Rohingya refugees to the island → Read More

Jailed Joshua Wong Vows Hong Kong's Struggle Will Continue

The prominent democracy activist was handed a sentence of 13.5 months but shouted “We will hang in there" as he was whisked away. → Read More

What Is the Future of Hong Kong's Democracy Movement?

The exit of opposition lawmakers from the legislature deepens anxieties about the territory's political future. → Read More

Top Poll Monitor Is an Optimist About Future U.S. Elections

Dame Audrey Glover, the prominent human rights lawyer and seasoned election monitor, remains optimistic about America's body politic. → Read More

The U.S. Has Supported Democracy Around the Globe. Now Election Observers Overseas Have Advice for Americans

The U.S. has long played a vital role supporting elections in fragile and fledgling democracies. What could it learn from them now? → Read More

'We Share the Ideals of Democracy.' How the Milk Tea Alliance Is Brewing Solidarity Among Activists in Asia and Beyond

Starting life as a humorous hashtag, the Milk Tea Alliance is becoming a cohesive movement uniting activists in Asia and beyond. Here's how. → Read More

'I Think Our Goal Is Worthy for Everyone in Thailand.' Meet the Lawyer Trying to Reform the Thai Monarchy

Lawyer Arnon Nampa is at the forefront of a movement that wants to curb the Thai king’s powers, breaking the country’s biggest taboo. → Read More

Why Are Thai Protesters Risking Jail to Criticize the King?

A new wave of Thai activists is airing frustrations with the existing system of governance, including the king's role. → Read More

Lessons From Hong Kong's Decision to Postpone Elections

Amid the pandemic, regions big and small have struggled with the challenge of balancing the right to vote with public health precautions. → Read More

Hong Kong's First Month Under the National Security Law

July has been a tumultuous month for the territory. Here's a timeline. → Read More

‘It’s So Much Worse Than Anyone Expected.’ Why Hong Kong’s National Security Law Is Having Such a Chilling Effect

In the three and a half weeks since the enactment of the law at the end of June, a sense of fear and uncertainty has taken hold in Hong Kong. → Read More

It's Not Just Maria Ressa's Arrest. Coronavirus Is Accelerating Crackdowns on Press Freedom Across Asia

Press freedom was already under attack. Then came the pandemic → Read More

Hong Kong Is Caught in the Middle of the Great U.S.-China Power Struggle

In the past few months, tensions between China and the U.S. have worsened. Hong Kong is left stuck in the middle. → Read More

Coronavirus Poses Fears for Hong Kong's Sanitation Workers

Discarded masks, wipes and other disposables are piling up amid the health crisis, potentially exposing trash haulers to infectious waste. → Read More

Coronavirus Lessons From Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong

All three territories have kept their COVID-19 cases low despite strong links to China. What lessons can the rest of the world learn? → Read More

Malaysia's 94-Year-Old Prime Minister Is Out. The New Leader Is Likely to Inflame Racial Tensions

“He is likely to steer the country in a more conservative, and a more Malay, Islamic way." → Read More

Experts Fear Coronavirus Going Undetected in Southeast Asia

Researchers say it is virtually impossible that Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, hasn't reported a single COVID-19 case. → Read More

The Coronavirus Has Brought Out the Ugly Side of Hong Kong's Protest Movement

Calls to close Hong Kong's border with China say as much about the resentment of mainland Chinese as they do about coronavirus fears. → Read More

Hong Kong Medics Demand Border Closure Against Coronavirus

Hong Kong’s medical system under strain as thousands of hospital staff join strike aimed at closing the border with mainland China. → Read More