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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to the alarming rise in the irregular movement of persons in the Indian Ocean, the Royal Thai Government organized the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok.
There are at least nine reported cases of forced disappearances in Laos. The disappearance of the civil society activist Mr Sombath Somphone is one of the most internationally renowned cases. Mr Sombath was last seen at a police checkpoint on 15 December 2012 and his whereabouts are still unknown. The government issued a statement that the disappearance of Mr Sombath would be thoroughly investigated. No results of the investigation have been publicly disclosed.
Sweden recommends that Laos intensify the investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath and accepts external assistance in the investigation and make the results publicly known, and that Laos investigates in a transparent and credible manner all cases of enforced disappearances.
Although Southeast Asian economies rely on international labour as a key element of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the progress of labour liberalisation has been disappointing. It is obstructed by domestic laws and regulations due to differing concerns of labour-exporting and labour-importing countries.
I was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2009, and by April this year I will have had the privilege of serving as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia for the maximum term of six years. Over this time, I submitted five substantive reports to the Human Rights Council, each with a thorough analysis of the situation of human rights at each juncture, and taking a macro approach with particular focus on judicial, parliamentary, electoral and land reform.
The 25th ASEAN Summit, under Myanmar's Chairmanship theme, "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community", was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from 12 to 13 November 2014. The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Excellency U Thein Sein chaired the Summit.