The Ateneo Human Rights Center and the Ateneo School of Law, in partnership with the ASEAN Corporate Social Responsibility network would like to invite you to participate in a Foundational Course on Business and Human Rights that we are organizing on 19-23 October 2015 at the Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Drive, Makati City.
The course aims to capacitate participants with basic knowledge, and a gender perspective of Business and Human Rights principles using a multi-sectoral approach to mainstream human rights, gender equality, sustainable development and environmental protection in their line of work. It also aims to contextualize the discussions, both in the national and regional setting, especially in light of the ASEAN integration. It will use a multi-sectoral approach, engaging participants from different sectors, namely: the government, private sector, civil society, and the academe.
The application form for the course is available at: http://goo.gl/forms/7EvQIbYM6X . Limited scholarships are available. Deadline for submission of applications is on October 12, 2015.
Should you have any questions regarding the course, you may contact Atty. Veronica Mae C. Yan or Ms. Claire Laison through phone at (632) 899 3633 or (632) 899 7691 loc. 2109/2117; fax at (632) 899 4342; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A new report by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), Disenfranchisement and Desperation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State: Drivers of a Regional Crisis, details how political exclusion is exacerbating the already intense sense of desperation among Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and driving a regional crisis that ASEAN leaders are ill prepared to confront.
The report is based on findings from two research missions to Myanmar by parliamentarians from Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia as well as APHR researchers, in April and August/September 2015.
Amidst a backdrop of rising anti-Muslim sentiment, dozens of Muslim and Rohingya candidates have been deliberately excluded from Myanmar’s November elections and hundreds of thousands stripped of voting rights, leaving them with little hope of any positive future in Myanmar.
Since May 2015, when Rohingya asylum seekers were stranded in the Andaman Sea, making international headlines, what steps have ASEAN leaders taken to address the root causes of the exodus? Is the region better prepared to respond to another exodus?
APHR will be holding a press conference to present the findings of the report and answer questions, beginning at 10:30 A.M. on 16 October at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Presenting the report will be:
Speaking in her personal capacity will be Rohingya humanitarian worker Htike Htike, from Myanmar.
For more information or to request an embargoed copy of the report, please contact Oren Samet at firstname.lastname@example.org or +66992787334
Date: 15-16 October 2015
Venue: Quezon City, Philippines
The topics of violence against children and increased investment in children are very much related. Violence against children has immense social and individual cost. According to the 2014 study of UNICEF, the estimated economic burden due to child maltreatment in East Asia and the Pacific is $194 billion or 1.36% to 2.52% of the gross domestic product. On the other hand, increased investment in children can prevent and help protect children from violence. Efforts to combat violence on children need social and state investments.
At the regional level, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) will meet on 18-20 October 2015 in Manila, Philippines to discuss the Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children, and the Commission’s five-year work plan. At the international level, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) is drafting General Comment No. 19 on Public Spending and the Rights of Children. The General Comment is being developed by the Committee through a transparent and consultative process, which involves a wide range of state and non-state actors at the national, regional, and international levels.
Local participation for these regional and international initiatives will be highlighted during the Regional Consultation on the Elimination of Violence against Children and Improved Public Investment on Children organized by Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia) and Philippine NGO Coalition on United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, through the support of Save the Children, UNICEF, and Plan International.
The consultation has the following objectives:
The consultation is open to members of civil society organizations and the academe that are actively advocating for children’s rights and social budgeting in Asia-Pacific. Representatives of government agencies focusing on social welfare, children’s rights, and public finance will also attend the consultation. Children will have a separate session, but will also be invited as observers during the consultation.
The first day of the consultation will include presentations on violence against children by ACWC commissioners, and country sharing of experiences on budgeting for children by selected civil society organizations. The second day of the consultation will be composed of workshops facilitated by UN CRC to get inputs on the contents of the draft General Comment No. 19.
For more information, please contact Hazel Bitaña at email@example.com.
Launching of the Annual Performance Report on the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism in 2014
Thailand, 14 October 2015
Organized by FORUM-ASIA and PEF
FORUM-ASIA and SAPA Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (TFAHR) have been producing its monitoring and assessment report on the performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, particularly the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) annually. Five reports have been produced since 2010. The annual report aim to contribute in strengthening the work of the AICHR and the ACWC through civil society participation. This year, 2015, SAPA TFAHR has produced its fifth report, entitled “Future of Human Rights in ASEAN: Calling for Independence and Protection Mandates”.
In order to share this report to wider civil society, and also to use the report as a platform for dialogue and consultation between CSOs with the AICHR and the ACWC, FORUM-ASIA with People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF), will organize a meeting to present the report to both civil society, and the AICHR & the ACWC representatives in Thailand.
The objective of the launching and the discussion of the report are:
1. To share the latest development of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism which were monitored and assessed in the report to CSOs in Thailand
2. To provide venue for dialogue and consultation between Thai CSOs with the AICHR and the ACWC
3. To strengthen CSOs advocacy on human rights in ASEAN
Date and Venue
The meeting will be conducted on:
For RSVP and any query, please contact Mr. Daywin Prayogo ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or MS. Chutamas Wangklon (email@example.com)
The Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in cooperation with the Representatives of Indonesia to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
invite you to a Public Debate and Discussion on
Strengthening the Protection Mandate of ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms in Preventing and Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls in ASEAN
The overall objective is to achieve increasing awareness about violence against women and girls in ASEAN and to generate input from different stakeholders for the formulation of a Road Map to strengthen AICHR’s protection mandate for women and girls
Monday, 5 October 2015
Caraka Loka, Jakarta, Jalan Sisingamangaraja No. 73, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 10.00 Opening Remarks
Mr. Rob Swartbol, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia
Ms. Lily Purba/Bapak Taufan Damanik, Representative of Indonesia to ACWC
H.E I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, Chief Executive of the Indonesia National Secretariat of ASEAN
10.00 – 12.30 Panel Discussion followed by Discussion and Debate
Ms Danty Anwar, Expert staff to the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection/Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN Committee on Women
(ACW)/Head of Secretariat for Task Force on Crime Prevention and Handling of Trafficking in Persons
Ms Azriana, Head of Commission on Violence against Women (KOMNAS Perempuan)
Ms. Nurshyahbani Katjasungkana, National Coordinator to the Association LBH-APIK, Indonesia
Ms. Rita Kalibonso, Representative of Indonesia to ACWC (2009-2013)
Facilitator: Ms. Lily Purba, Representative of Indonesia to ACWC
12:30 – 12.45 Wrap-up and Closing
Facilitator: Mr. Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia to AICHR
12.45 –13.30 Lunch
For queries and RSVP, latest 2 October, contact: Ms. Wike Devi Erianti (firstname.lastname@example.org, +62 812-9816-3375) and Mr. Rif’at S. Fachir (email@example.com)
7:30pm, Thursday 1 October, 2015
This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
Across Southeast Asia, recent examples have shown how the right to freedom of religion or belief is increasingly denied and under threat. In some instances, it is the regressive and discriminatory legislation that aims to protect particular groups or to tightly control religion. While in other cases, it is the extreme interpretation of religion or belief, and the targeting of minority populations and religious sects. The denial of this basic right has reportedly taken severe forms that result in death, disappearance, long prison sentences, or in the flight of thousands across borders by land and sea.
In these cases, it is the religious minorities that have disproportionately been affected and should such problematic legislation, policies or extreme interpretations continue to be used, it is believed that this could further perpetuate the climate of religious intolerance in the region. The issue of freedom of religion in Southeast Asia is of critical importance yet it is far too rarely discussed.
Join the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, for an informative overview on the current status of freedom of religion or belief in Southeast Asia and how we could work towards the fuller realization of this right in the region.
Media contacts in Bangkok:
• Leong Tsu Quin, Associate International Legal Adviser of International Commission of Jurists, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. no.: +6681 134 0481
• Ian Stuart, Operations and Partnership Coordinator of BPSOS, email: email@example.com or tel no.: +66 2 116 0405
• Betty Yolanda, Country Programme Manager of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. no.: +66 2 637 9126 ext. 303
When: Back to Calendar 26 September, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 27 September, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Mandalay, Myanmar
“Regional Consultation on the Vision of a People-Centred ASEAN Community”
Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
and the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, have the pleasure to cordially invite you to the “Regional Consultation on the Vision of a People-Centred ASEAN Community” on 24 September 2015 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok.
The Regional Consultation will be attended by representatives from civil society and academics as well as representatives from ASEAN Member States.
ASEAN is in the process of drafting the ASEAN Community Vision for the next ten years. One of the key elements of this Vision is to ensure that ASEAN becomes a truly people-centred Community. The aim of this Regional Consultation is to provide various stakeholders, especially representatives from civil society, with a forum to exchange views on the future of ASEAN for the next decade, ways to realise a people-centred ASEAN Community and the role of civil society in this endeavour.
The tentative programme, together with the administrative arrangements, registration form and hotel reservation form are attached herewith for your information.
We look forward to welcoming you in Bangkok.
Director-General Department of ASEAN Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
All participants are kindly requested to fill in the Registration Form and submit it by 20 September 2015 to:
Khun Maythawee Kruawan (Organizer)
Tel: +66 29501200 – 1
Fax: +66 28827294
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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When: Back to Calendar 16 September, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 17 September, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Manila, Metro Manila
Do Asian LGBTs really need to come out when mothers have excellent LGBT radar? How was your coming out experience?
Join BE peer support web-app in a #BEChat on Coming Out with LGBT groups and advocates in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore on September 15, 2015 at 6.30 BKK/JKT and 7.30 KL/MLA/SG. We are joined by TLZsexperts and TEA Group from Thailand, GWL INA Indonesia, Pink Dot Singapore, Task Force Pride in Manila, and other advocates from the region.
Follow #BEChat and @Beingme_bcf on Twitter to engage in the Twitter convo, and dont forget to check out our discussants on Twitter: @tearongnamcha, @shine1968, @brondongmaniss, @denarachman, @hendriyulius, @MMPride_, and @PinkDotSG.