Last year was not just a disappointment in the tough battle to provide protection for human rights. In fact, 2013 and the early days of this year have seen little but setbacks. Asean citizens have watched many of their rights actually erode. In country after country, governments in the area have taken both public and secretive steps that were detrimental to their own people.
A new report from the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) details the excesses and threats of governments over the past year.
HRW's ''World Report 2014'' is sobering reading. So too is the Freedom in the World assessment published by Freedom House. These two book-length views of today's world have no connection. It is all the more sobering, then, that they have reached such similar conclusions.
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