AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community
Posted on: 21 August, 2015
1 December, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 3 December, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Special Meeting of the AICHR
27 November, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 29 November, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Regional Steering Committee
ASEAN PEOPLES' FORUM 2015
Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2015
This event follows on from our event in Yangon in January 2015, where we invited leading companies operating in Myanmar to discuss ways to invest in returning refugees and migrant workers.
With the upcoming establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), trade and investment in Myanmar and Thailand will only grow. As both economies face labor shortages in key sectors, it is crucial that businesses tap into the potential of refugees and migrants in Thailand – a huge proportion of the Myanmar Diaspora – for dynamic and sustainable growth. There are around 110,000 Myanmar refugees and between 2-3 million Myanmar migrants currently living in Thailand, many of whom are skilled and motivated, but who have not had the opportunity to be formally trained or employed. At the same time, with ongoing political reforms and economic developments in Myanmar, businesses operating in Myanmar and across the border also need to be ready and open to receive an influx of the returning Myanmar Diaspora over the coming years, in order to fill rising capacity gaps and ensure the future progress of the country. Working effectively with refugees and migrants in both Thailand and Myanmar can only serve to strengthen economic ties between the two countries as the Myanmar peace process moves forward. Through the International Rescue Committee’s Invest to Excel project, businesses can engage with the refugee and migrant population impactfully, responsibly, and sustainably.
At the half-day event, our speakers will share their knowledge and expertise:
This event is organized by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CSR Asia and is free of charge.
Registration: Please write to Vicky at email@example.com.
After almost two months of election campaigning by Burma’s political parties, what do we know about their human rights agenda? FIDH investigated and the results are out. Find out what political parties plan to do with regard to religious discrimination, media freedom, accountability for past crimes, domestic and international law, the death penalty, the role of the military, and much more.
WHAT: Press conference to launch “Half Empty: Burma’s political parties and their human rights commitments,” a report by FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights). Translation will be provided at the event.
WHEN: 10:30 am, Tuesday, 3 November 2015
WHERE: Parkroyal Hotel, 33 Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar
WHO: Mr. Andrea Giorgetta - FIDH Director of Asia Desk - Southeast Asia
Ms. Debbie Stothard - FIDH Secretary-General and ALTSEAN-Burma Coordinator
CONTACT: Mr. Arthur Manet: firstname.lastname@example.org or +33143552518
Ms. Audrey Couprie: email@example.com or +33143552518
The International Federation for Human Rights, known by its French acronym FIDH, is an international human rights NGO representing 178 organizations from close to 120 countries. Since 1922, FIDH has been defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.
ASEAN Responsible Business Forum: Promoting Responsible Business practise in ASEAN Economic Community (27 - 29 October 2015)
Royale Chulan Damansara Hotel, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Join us at The ASEAN Responsible Business Forum, a high-level regional platform that brings together government officials, civil society and businesses in a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the burning issues of the day and share best practices of responsible business or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The theme of the conference is “Promoting responsible business practice in the ASEAN Economic Community”
Areas of discussion include:
What to expect?
Who should attend?
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at asean-csr-network.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ( email@example.com) or MS. Chutamas Wangklon (firstname.lastname@example.org)