This Annual Report covers the period between July 2015 and June 2016.
Hun Sen’s family have been key to the longevity of his political career. They hold key posts across the state apparatus - in politics, the military, police, media, and charities - sectors that prop up the premier’s ruling party through propaganda, political donations or brute force.
Our new exposé, Hostile Takeover, reveals the economic dimensions of this regime, shedding light on a huge network of secret deal-making and nepotism that emanates from the Hun family and underpins the Cambodian economy.
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.
This ACSC/APF conference is the second CSO forum held in parallel to the ASEAN Summits in 2015. This gathering provides another opportunity and platform for CSOs to engage with ASEAN and its member States.
Thailand’s refugee rights crisis continues to be a problem. As of 2015, Thailand is not a State Party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and does not have domestic laws on asylum.
Thailand operates under the 1979 Immigration Act, which considers asylum seekers and refugees as illegal immigrants and subjects them to arbitrary arrest, detention and deportation.
While refugees live across the country, the majority reside within nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar Border and in Bangkok. Refugees and asylum-seekers include stateless persons such as the Rohingya and Uighur, those fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar, religious persecution in Pakistan and war in Syria.
In 2016, Thai society is more concerned with addressing exploitation, reducing corruption and honouring the rights of the child than punishing the buying and selling sex. Most of Thai society may well consider exchanging sex for money to be immoral. However, we propose that the breach of some of society’s moral beliefs no longer carries an imperative strong enough to criminally punish those involved. The outdated legal framework around sex work needs to be reformed to reflect the modern concerns of society. The Suppression and Prevention of Prostitution Act 1996 is in danger of becoming an orphan law divorced from society’s support.
The new list of AICHR Representatives for 2016 - 2018. Dr. Seree Nontashoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR will continue his serving to the AICHR for 2nd term.
The ICJ and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights provided a joint submission to the UN Human Rights Committee for its consideration during the adoption of a list of issues for the examination of the Second Periodic Report of Thailand under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Maritime movements of the Rohingya and recommendations to improve human rights protection for Rohingya refugees
An analysis of the situation of maritime movements of Rohingya refugees in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea
In partnership with ALTSEAN Burma, Burma Partnership, FORUM-Asia, and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, APRRN has submitted to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) an analysis of the situation of maritime movements of Rohingya refugees in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, including recommendations to improve human rights protection for Rohingya refugees in the ASEAN region.
The Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015 aims to document current alarming trends of racial discrimination in Malaysia. This annual report will compile, highlight and show the severity of racial discrimination incidents in the nation.
The year 2015 will be remembered as a momentous year for Burma/Myanmar as the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, clinched an emphatic victory in the 8 November polls. However, the main challenges that impede a full and genuine democratic transition remain.
This briefing paper published by FORUM-ASIA and Burma Partnership provides an update on the current situation of human rights in Burma/Myanmar for the consideration of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council. It presents critical recommendations that will need to be implemented if the country is to look forward to a new and progressive era of democracy.
A recent surge in the number of people being arrested for expressing themselves online, along with related threats by senior government officials, threatens freedom of expression in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”).
This Fact Sheet is written by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights – primarily civil and political rights – throughout Cambodia. The views expressed by the internet users in the cases discussed here are not necessarily endorsed by CCHR
The abuse of Thailand’s draconian Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté) has reached alarming levels following the country’s latest military coup d’état on 22 May 2014.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals have been sentenced to prison terms under Article 112. At the time of the military takeover, six people were behind bars for lèse majesté violations. As of 20 February 2016, there were 53 - a nearly nine-fold increase.
The report includes the profiles of six individuals - three men and three women - who have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 30 years for lèse-majesté and lèsemajesté- related violation of the Computer Crimes Act. Their stories exemplify the range of human rights violations that authorities have committed as a result of the overzealous enforcement of Article 112.
AIPP [Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact] conducted an investigation into the status of trafficking of indigenous women in the Mekong region. The results served as a preliminary analysis of current government and non-government policies and the responses of the affected communities.
ASEAN 2025 promises that the human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity of its peoples, and social justice will be promoted and protected, among a long list of promises. It also promises "greater prosperity through increased economic opportunities, enhanced regional connectivity, ease of intra-ASEAN travel and doing business as well as a resilient regional economy". Unfortunately, for many indigenous peoples, even before this ASEAN Community, their human rights and fundamental freedoms have already been severely violated and they have been left behind and even sacrificed for what is called 'greater prosperity'. This publication strives to present the perception of indigenous peoples on the ASEAN Community, especially its integration aspects.
Given the apathetic and dismal response by ASEAN to the interventions and recommendations of the ASEAN civil society in the last 10 years of engagement, we are compelled to question the meaningfulness of the rhetoric on people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN. The impunity of recalcitrant ASEAN member states compound the escalation of violations and prevent the idea of regionalism as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter.
Our ASEAN Political-Security Community by 2025 shall be a united, inclusive and resilient community. Our peoples shall live in a safe, harmonious and secure environment, embrace the values of tolerance and moderation as well as uphold ASEAN fundamental principles, shared values and norms. ASEAN shall remain cohesive, responsive and relevant in addressing challenges to regional peace and security as well as play a central role in shaping the evolving regional architecture, while deepening our engagement with external parties and contributing collectively to global peace, security and stability.
ISIC’s report analyses the persecution of the Rohingya against the six stages of genocide outlined by Daniel Feierstein: stigmatisation (and dehumanisation); harassment, violence and terror; isolation and segregation; systematic weakening; mass annihilation; and finally symbolic enactment involving the removal of the victim group from the collective history. The report concludes that the Rohingya have suffered the first four of the six stages of genocide.