South East Asia


Philippines extends martial law in Mindanao until 2018 (22.07.2017)

The Congress of the Philippines voted to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte extra time to quell fighters allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group.

Filipino Muslim rebels pin hope on new peace deal (17.07.2017)

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels back new draft law establishing a more powerful autonomous region in Mindanao.

Southeast Asia joint patrols aimed at Islamic militants (04.06.2017)

Joint patrols by three Southeast Asian countries in the Sulu Sea may be the start of a larger regional effort to keep Islamic militants at bay, officials said Sunday. The patrols will be conducted by forces from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, starting with sea operations this month, with...

Duterte’s forces struggle to push back Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines (03.06.2017)

On Monday, armed-forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. told reporters that government troops were in “full control” of the city and that civilians would be safe, but on Friday, bombs continued to fall, the death toll stood at 175 and rebels reportedly still held hostages.

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels (28.05.2017)

Negotiations broke down over rebel order for fighters to step up attacks amid violence and martial law in the south.

Duterte declares martial law on southern Philippine island of Mindanao (23.05.2017)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday on the southern island of Mindanao as security forces battled heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State in a provincial capital.

Philippines and communist rebels agree to a temporary cease-fire (05.04.2017)

Negotiators representing the government of the Philippines and Communist rebels agreed to a temporary cease-fire on Wednesday, moving one step closer to ending one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies.

The Philippines´ firebrand president is caught between Maoists and his own military (12.02.2017)

The longest ceasefire to date in one of the world’s longest-running civil conflicts was set to come to an end on Feb. 10, 2017, in the Philippines. Both sides of the struggle … agreed to the pause in August 2016 after the election of populist Rodrigo Duterte as president.

Communist rebels in Philippines say they’ll end cease-fire (01.02.2017)

Communist rebels engaged in peace talks with the Philippine government said on Wednesday that they were ending a six-month cease-fire, accusing the armed forces of “encroaching” on rebel territory and the government of reneging on a promise to release jailed comrades.

Philippines and communist rebels start peace talks after truce (22.08.2016)

The Philippine government and Maoist-led guerrillas opened peace talks in Oslo on Monday, seeking to end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people. Both sides announced ceasefires at the weekend to buoy the Oslo talks, the first formal meeting in five years in fitful...