Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan has been an advocate of human rights and the rule of law for more than two decades. She was part of the Institutional Reforms Committee which was set up under the Council of Eminent Persons in May 2018 to advise the government on reforms needed to key institutions such as Parliament, the Election Commission, the Judiciary and the police.

Ambiga has led several organisations in the past decade. She was president of the Bar Council (2007-2009), former chairperson and co-chairperson of Bersih 2.0 (2010 to 2013) and former president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) (2014 to 2018). She is currently a Commissioner of the International Commissioner of Jurists, the first Malaysian woman to be appointed to this position.

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The Appeal of the Southeast Asian Strongman

Black Box

What explains the persistent popularity of strongman figures in Southeast Asia? Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen rules with an iron thumb. Thailand’s military junta is here to stay. Duterte was Trumpian before Trump was. And Mahathir is back! Throughout the region, there are persistent conditions – economic inequality, social malaise, and schoolyard patriotism – that […]