The WEL Project is a three-year partnership between International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), Oxfam and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The idea for the Framework was first discussed during the inception meeting launching the Women’s Economic Leadership and Empowerment in ASEAN Project (WEL Project).
For 2015, AIPP achieved significant achievements in the expanded implementation of its programmes at all levels—local, national, regional and global. These achievements include the widening reach of AIPP’s information dissemination, increased skills and capacities of individuals including women and IP organizations, and significant contribution to positive policies and guidelines relating to indigenous peoples. It has further strengthened the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples at the regional level, while increasing the support at the local level. AIPP has expanded its regional staff and strengthened its management and staff capacities. Likewise, the Executive Council continued to provide guidance through its regular meetings and as convenors of the programmed committees; and represented AIPP in its advocacy engagements.
The human rights situation for Malaysia in 2015 can be gleaned from the data and statistics for the violations of fundamental liberties documented and monitored by SUARAM. Once again, we can see that the promises of reform made by Prime Minister Najib Razak when he took over the office in 2009 have not been kept. Worse, his recent tribulations arising from the expose of the unaccounted RM2.6 billion in his personal account and mismanagement of 1MDB have led to desperate measures by the state to silence critics and stifle civil and political rights in Malaysia.
Indonesia has expressed its commitment to staying in ASEAN and contributing more to Southeast Asia’s growth and unity amid current regional challenges and concerns about Indonesia's focus on other international cooperation.
The Philippine Senate has ousted the chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights in an apparent reprisal for her inquiry into the surge in killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said today.
Indonesia is experiencing major challenges in consolidating national plans at provincial and regional levels in order to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the ASEAN Vision 2025, an official has said.
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been hosting a gathering of world leaders this week as the region faces a raft of democratic, human rights and good governance challenges.
The ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) was first proposed by Indonesia in 2003 to balance the Singapore-proposed ASEAN Economic Community. However, it remains lagged more than a decade later as it still struggles to achieve any balance.
Jakarta-based think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has highlighted the need for ASEAN to refrain from its old ways and be more progressive in its efforts to overcome regional challenges.
Vientiane will host the 28th ASEAN Summit this week, with the summit documents rotating around the same themes that ASEAN has been promoting for decades: unity and centrality. The worry, both at the upcoming summit and beyond, is that there is little effort to put substance into these goals.
Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said the Indonesian government will always support East Timor to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).