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Pan-Asian Alliance Needed to Strengthen Democracy in Asia

As democratic values face escalating challenges globally, civil society organisations (CSOs), diaspora communities and political parties with shared values must unite in a Pan-Asian alliance to defend and uphold fundamental democratic principles. The imperative for such collaboration has never been more apparent, given the alarming trend of shrinking democratic spaces across the region.
Cambodia and Singapore serve as cautionary tales, highlighting how some governments intervene to depoliticise civic spaces and build-in legal measures to induce self-restrictions over collaborations between civic and political actors.