The refugee problem in South- East Asia is enormous, and calls for bold measures from governments and Asean are more needed than ever.
This century, though new, has nevertheless seen scientific and technological progress beyond imagination. Today, information is transferred at lightning speed, instantaneously connecting billions of people to each other through a myriad of mobile gadgets. We have even landed a robot in Mars and recently discovered evidence of water on the Red Planet. With human landings being planned, the colonisation of space no longer seems like a sci-fi fantasy.
Yet, before we get carried away by a utopian vision about the final frontier, the dystopian reality here on Earth is that despite thousands of years of human civilisation, we have yet to learn to live together without violating each other’s fundamental civil liberties and human rights.
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