This report, based on a survey of the human rights commitments of Burma's political parties, found that parties generally favored actions aimed at tackling critical issues that gave a negative impacts on human rights. However, in several of those instances, the report shows that parties failed to identify and proritize the spesific measures that would adress key human rights concerns in a direct and effective way.
This legal analysis considers whether the ongoing attacks on and persecution of the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar constitute genocide, as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention).
This legal analysis prepared for Fortify Rights.
The Ministers reviewed the progress of the implementation of cooperation programmes and activities under the purview of the ASEAN Law Ministers Meeting (ALAWMM) since their last meeting on 4-5 November 2011 in Cambodia.
This report describes and assesses the performance of ASEAN’s two main human rights mechanisms, 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) during 2014.
This report finds that ethnic political parties and ethnic civil society broadly agree on fundamental issues: the need for peace, ethnic equality, self-determination, and a federal system of governance. Given the centralized governance structure and the over - bearing presence and power of the Burma Army, an institution that has been at war with ethnic nationality actors for over 65 years, it is fundamental structural changes in the way that Burma is governed that will address peace, ethnic equality, self-determination and federalism, not the 2015 elections
The new report, Crackdown at Letpadan: Excessive Use of Force and Violations of the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Expression in Letpadan, Bago Region, Myanmar also details how not all police officers at the scene participated in violence during the crackdown. Some police officers used riot shields or their own bodies to protect protesters from attacks by other police officers, providing further evidence of the unjustified use of force by some officers.
The Submission was prepared through a series of consultations among civil society organizations, including the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN Peoples Forum 2015 held in Malaysia this year. A series of research, workshops, and consultations among SAPA WGA members and partners were also conducted. The Submission aims to reaffirm human rights as core ASEAN values and principles, and thus should be considered a main component of the ASEAN Community .
In Malaysia’s term as the chair of ASEAN, civil society organizations in the ASEAN regionmet for the 8th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights, in Kuala Lumpur on 17 & 18 August 2015. At least 60 participants from civil society organizations from national, regional, and international organizations met to discuss a specific topic, dedicated this year to Migration and Human Rights in ASEAN.
The AICHR is pleased to submit the Annual Report 2015 for the consideration of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in accordance with the Terms of Reference of the AICHR (Article 6.6). This reporting period (July 2014 - 2015) is marked by three special occasions for the AICHR. First and foremost is the upcoming commencement of the ASEAN Community at the end of 2015, which highlights the growing importance of Community - building efforts by various organs and bodies of ASEAN including those pertaining to human rights which are a fundamental principle of the ASEAN Community by the AICHR.
The 14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights held in December 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam was timely and relevant. The results reflected in this publication serve to deepen the understanding of the linkage between human rights and business in Asia and Europe. On behalf of the organisers, I would like to acknowledge all those whose efforts ade this dialogue possible and fruitful.
This report documents the presentations and discussions made during the Workshop on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Promoting and Protecting the Rights, including Health, of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People in Asia and the Pacific held from 24-25 February 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
The report represents an opportunity for the World Bank to provide policy guidance to governments in the digital age and ensure that investments in Internet technologies promote social and economic opportunity, civic participation, and good governance.
The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea since the U.S. war in Vietnam. Human rights violations against Rohingya have resulted in a regional human trafficking epidemic, and there have been further abuses against Rohingya upon their arrival in other Southeast Asian countries.
On 26 August 2015, it will be three years since the Shi’a community from Sampang district in East Java, Indonesia, was attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes by anti-Shi’a mobs. At least 168 people, including 51 children, were attacked by around 500 people with sharp weapons and stones. One person was killed and several injured, whilst several homes were also destroyed. Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian authorities to take considerable steps on behalf of the forcibly evicted Shi’a community.
We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 4 August 2015 at the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (48th AMM) in Kuala Lumpur. His Excellency Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia chaired the meeting.
This publication contains the struggles of four cases presented by the aggrieved communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and deliberated by an international panel of experts during the Asian People's Land Rights Tribunal. These cases have all exhausted various grievance mechanisms, seeking justice for the violations committed on people's land and human rights. A set of recommendations for the communities as well as national government and international organizations, are addresses in this publication.
The briefing paper looks into how these national laws and measures are impacting the indigenous peoples in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and the Philippines.
Although all states in the ASEAN voted for the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007, most of them still refuse to respect and implement the indigenous peoples’ collective rights, especially to their lands, territories and resources and to self-determination. Several ASEAN states, underpinned by legal systems inherited from colonial times, have arrogated to themselves the right to allocate, regulate and determine ownership, use, control and development of land and resources.
The immediate objective of the report is to provide a comprehensive picture of the current situation of Human Rights Defenders (“HRDs”) in Burma, including the threats and risks that they face. The report also provides concrete, practical, research-based, solution-oriented policy recommendations for HRDs, the Burma authorities, and any other relevant actors, to enhance HRDs’ access to adequate and realistic protection programs, and to strengthen legislative and judicial protection mechanisms for HRDs in Burma.
The Jakarta Recommendations are the outcome of discussions at a regional consultation on “Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia”, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3 - 5 June 2015. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, as well as human rights defenders and civil society activists from across Asia, participated in the regional consultation.