Venue: Room 109, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Salaya Campus.
Date: Friday June 10, 2016: 1.00 -4.30
Cost: The seminar is free. Refreshments will be provided.
This seminar examines the question: Is it worth advocating for treaty ratification?
Advocating for ratification is a part of many international advocacy programs, yet the effectiveness is unclear. This seminar will discuss efforts made towards ratification, and consider the impact of ratification on human rights standards.
The questions covered by the speakers include:
The seminar will bring together people from the civil society sector, international organizations, and Government, to discuss these questions. The seminar is open to the public. Please RSVP to the email address below.
Session One: 1.00-2.30 pm. Government and International Organizations:
The session will overview Thailand’s ratification procedures, and consider how and why States may be influenced to ratify treaties.
Session Two: 3.00-4.30 pm: The Civil society and cases studies of treaties.
This session speakers will address the challenges of getting treaties ratified. It will examine the choices organizations make whether to advocate for ratification, and also to examine efforts towards ratifying the Refugee and Migrant worker treaties.
Ms Chutharat Ratchapaksee
(MA Program Coordinator)
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP)
Panyaphiphat Building, Mahidol University (Salaya Campus)
Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND
Tel. +66 2 4410813 ext. 1114
Fax. +66 2 4410872-3
Progress of Combating Trafficking in Persons of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Survivors in Thailand
The Sub-Committee on Civil Rights of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT), chaired by Ms. Angkhana Neelapaijit, a National Human Right's Commissioner, co-hosted by by the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons (CRSP), Migrant Working Group (MWG), Asylum Access Thailand (ATT), Fortify Rights, Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF), and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies invites you to attend the:"Public Forum: on Anniversary of Andaman Sea Refugee Crisis and Progress of Combating Trafficking in Persons towards Rohingya and Bangladeshi Survivors."
The Forum is aimed at reviewing the situation of Rohingya and Bangladeshi survivors of human trafficking from 2015. The review will be conducted from different dimensions comprising of the NHRCT, academics, activities, and legal groups whom have extensively followed the issue. The presentations and discussions will address various topics, such as regional action and initiatives on trafficking; the situation of survivors in Thailand; the progress and challenges facing the judiciaries; and the role and work of NHRCT towards survivors of human trafficking in Thailand.
The event will take place at:
When: Wednesday June 8, 2016, 13:00 – 16:00
Where: Royal Benja Hotel
Benjaporn Room at Sukhumvit 5, Bangkok
SDGs - The Future
Global Future is convening an event on May 24, 2016, 13.00-14.15
WMO Building, Avenue de la Paix 7bis, 1211 Geneva
Register online to secure your seat.
Speakers will include:
Global Future is a non-profit Geneva-based NGO. Global Future promotes futures-oriented dialogue and scenarios on critical and urgent topics with a view to transforming structures, systems, decisions and policies for a better and sustainable future.
The Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 have been adopted by all countries; yet what the world will look like in 2030 is fundamentally uncertain. How to achieve the SDGs and implement Agenda 2030 is also uncertain. We need to transform our aptitude towards a future-oriented perspective to master this uncertainty.
Despite this asymmetry of certainty there is an urgent need to understand the best ways to implement Agenda 2030. Is information of the past and present suitable to to shape policy and programmes for the future? What will determine the future and our success? What do we need to know? What are the long- and short-term challenges?
The event SDGs – The Future is being convened to begin a dialogue about what is needed today to shape a future that meets Agenda 2030. Speakers will reflect on how they see the world change and what this means for the SDGs; what are the critical trends they observe and what may be the most important assumptions of the future we may have to revisit.
The session will be moderated by Global Future and the format will be innovative and interactive, offering ample opportunity for constructive and engaging dialogue. A short report will be distributed to all attendees a few days following the event.
Speakers will include:
Register online or by email at: email@example.com providing your name, contact details and affiliation.
If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward this to interested colleagues.
AICHR Regional Forum on Media and Human Rights in ASEAN
Posted on: 9 February, 2016
When: 16 May, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 17 May, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysi
Greetings, people of ASEAN!
We are happy to invite all NGOs and CSOs to join us for the 2nd Regional Consultation Meeting of ACSC/APF2016. Details of the meeting are as follows:
The organizing of ACSC/APF2016 is underway, as the committees have been formed and working progress has been made since the 1st Regional Consultation Meeting in Bangkok.
Please find attached the tentative programme of the meeting. We will be happy to have you join us in this meeting.
There will be a registration fee of USD40 for this consultation meeting in Vientiane which you would need to pay during the registration on 10th May 2016. This fee is to cover the cost of the 2 tea breaks and lunch provided during the 2 days meeting. The rental of the conference hall is supported by Forum-Asia.
At this point, we have yet to have any confirmed funding for this event. If and when the funding for this event is confirmed, the fee will be cancelled.
Looking forward to your participation and kindly fill up the registration form attached and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jasmine Choo). Registration closes on the 5th May 2016.
21st Meeting of the AICHR
Posted on: 9 February, 2016
When: 5 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 9 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Where: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta
Greetings, people of ASEAN!
We are happy to invite all NGOs and CSOs to join us for the ACSC/APF2016 1st Regional Consultation Meeting. Details of the meeting are as follows:
Both Co-chairs Fernando Antonio da Costa and Jerald Joseph met together with Timor Leste NOC to start the preparations for ACSC/APF2016. There were also engagements with Timor-Leste government, CSOs and prospective funders.
The outlook is positive and the organizing of ACSC/APF2016 is underway.
Please find attached the draft programme of the meeting, logistic note, and the registration form. We will be happy to have you join us in this meeting.
The organisers will only cover the 2 tea-breaks and lunch during the duration of 2 days meeting. All other cost is to be borne by the organisations individually.
There are some rooms available at the venue for 800 baht per night. As there are not many rooms, the rooms will be available on the first come first serve basis. If you are keen to stay at the venue, please indicate in your registration form and we will make the booking for you. Upon check in, you would need to pay for the accommodation by yourself. There are also many other hotels in the vicinity of the meeting venue.
If you are interested please fill up the registration form attached and email it to : email@example.com (Jasmine Choo). Registration closes on the 18th March 2016.
Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has been continuously governed by the People's Action Party (PAP) as it won every General Election. In the 2011 General Election, the PAP won 60.1% of the valid votes the lowest in its entire election history fueling discussion of political change in the city-state. But in the 2015 General Election, the PAP dramatically increased their vote share to 69.9% of the valid ballots cast, surprising even some of its own party candidates. Is the PAP's landslide victory at the recent polls irrefutable proof that Singaporeans still want the PAP to stay in power indefinitely? Has the PAP won elections fair and square? Jeannette, an opposition politician who contested against the PAP candidate in both the 2011 and 2015 General Election, offers her perspective of politics in Singapore.
Jeannette Aruldoss is a lawyer and opposition politician from Singapore. She entered politics in 2009 when she joined an opposition political party. She subsequently ran at the 2011 General Election as a candidate of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) against the incumbent PAP Member of Parliament at the Single Member Constituency seat of Mountbatten (Mountbatten SMC).
Jeannette served as NSP’s Vice-President from July 2011 to October 2013 and as NSP’s Secretary General from October 2013 to January 2015. At the 2015 General Election, Jeannette returned to contest the seat at Mountbatten SMC, this time as a candidate of the Singapore People’s Party.
Jeannette, 52 is a full-time practising lawyer of 27 years' standing. She is happily married to a non-lawyer and has four children aged 18 to 26. She shares her socio-political views at her blog at http://jeannettechongaruldoss.blogspot.sg/
ASIA Center (Bangkok)
128/183, Phayathai Plaza Building, 17th Floor, Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi Bangkok, Thailand
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Pusat KOMAS will be organizing a report launch of “Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015”.
The launch event will be in a forum panel method, where the esteemed speakers will be sharing their insights on the topic of “The Current State of Racial Discrimination in Malaysia”. The details of the Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015 launch is as below:
The speakers for the launch and forum are as below:
Speakers for Forum:
Source : www.komas.org
9 March 2016 – 9:00-12:00 at FCCT Bangkok (www.fccthai.com)
Organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT), the Community Resource Center, Amnesty International Thailand and Focus on the Global South
Many human rights defenders in Thailand are systematically targeted. They are persecuted, attacked and, in extreme cases, even killed and made to disappear, because of their peaceful human rights work. It is dangerous to work on the community-level particularly on issues like land rights and environment.
Attacks faced by defenders highlight the lack of effective mechanisms to protect human rights defenders, particularly those operating in rural areas with limited access to resources and remedies. The killing of Mr. Chai in 2015 and other attacks on members of the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT), are not isolated incidents, they are part of a broader patterns of grave human rights violations in the country. These violations are an indicator of the increasing tensions and confrontations between corporations and communities affected by business activities.
In the lead up to the verdict in Mr Chai’s case in mid-March, a panel discussion is being organized on 9 March 2016 to deliberate on the current challenges being faced by land rights defenders in Thailand, and recommend more effective ways to ensure their safety. This event is being co-organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), SPFT, the Community Resource Center (CRC), Amnesty International Thailand and Focus on the Global South.
Contact person: Marte Hellema, FORUM-ASIA, firstname.lastname@example.org