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COVID-19, a litmus test for ASEAN

By: Eunice Barbara C. Novio - @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net / 09:53 PM April 13, 2020 BANGKOK – With over 13,000 cases of COVID-19 in the ASEAN Region, many countries are still treating the pandemic as a security issue rather than a health and medical issue. This was an observation shared by the...

Group slams rollback of human rights in Asia

MANILA, Philippines — Governments in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, have used the COVID-19 pandemic to impose measures that have rolled back human rights in the region, according to Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia). Under the pretext of public safety and national security, these governments have either...

ASEAN MPs urge governments to put human rights at centre of COVID-19 response

JAKARTA – As governments in Southeast Asia increase measures in response to the spread of coronavirus, regional lawmakers have today urged authorities to ensure that human rights are at the forefront of their responses. “Now is a particularly challenging time for governments around the world to combat the virus, but...

ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID‐19 pandemic, says FORUM-ASIA

In a joint statement earlier today (20 March), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with the Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy and the undersigned organisations, expressed grave concerns with the lack of a human rights focus in the current response to the ongoing COVID‐19 pandemic...

ASEAN Must Do More to Help the Rohingyas

The deaths of more than a dozen Rohingyas on an overcrowded boat that was bound for Malaysia but capsized in the Bay of Bengal in early February highlighted the desperation that about a million refugees continue to face in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. While the refugees’ plight...

Keynote Speech on Viet Nam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship By H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Viet Nam (Hanoi, 6 January 2020) Distinguished guests, Fellow citizens of the ASEAN Community, 1. Along with the rest of the world, the ASEAN Community is celebrating the New Year 2020 amidst blooming spring with...

Lao Woman Gets Five Years for Criticizing Government on Facebook

Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also known by her nickname Mouay, was arrested Sept. 12 after she voiced her concern about the government response to flooding in the country’s southern Champassak and Salavan provinces in her Sept. 5 Facebook Live video.

Human Rights Talks Absent from ASEAN Summit

HO CHI MINH CITY - Much of the recent ASEAN summit was focused on political snubbing between Donald Trump and the region, an Asian trade agreement, and the South China Sea dispute, but one topic was not a priority: human rights.