EMPHASISING our commitments to the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response, ASEAN Climate Change Initiative, ASEAN Action Plan on Joint Response to Climate Change, ASEAN Declaration on Environmental Sustainability as well as agreements, action plans and work programmes of relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies
We, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, gathered in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia for the 26th ASEAN Summit on 26-27 April 2015, had productive discussions under the theme ‘Our People, Our Community, Our Vision’ which reflects the overarching spirit of Malaysia’s Chairmanship, namely to create a truly people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN comprising all areas of political and security cooperation, economic growth and socio-cultural development.
This Human Rights and Business Country Guide contains information regarding the potential and actual human rights impacts of businesses operating in Myanmar. The information in this Guide is gathered from publicly available sources and is intended to help companies respect human rights and contribute to development in their own operations and those of their suppliers and business partners.
By conducting this study, RWI aimed to shed light on the current situation on juvenile justice throughout ASEAN in hopes of contributing to bringing domestic norms and implementation in the region into compliance with international human rights standards. Increased regional cooperation and coordination on key cross-cutting issues can increase the potential to address urgent needs to reducethe number of children in conflict with the law and decrease the number of children deprived of liberty.
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.
This publication is a compilation of studies on the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. It aims to assist indigenous peoples’ communities, organisations and advocates in establishing a better understanding of how these specific NHRIs operate and to seek opportunities for the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights in the work of these NHRIs.
The AICHR recognises that the Guidelines on Accreditation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) adopted by the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) provide an overall framework for the engagement between ASEAN and CSOs.
The engagement between the AICHR and CSOs shall be conducted in adherence to the principles set out in the ASEAN Charter as well as the TOR of the AICHR.
This publication of the OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia comes at a very important juncture where there is a sense that the entire region is ‘moving away’ from capital punishment. Some States are fully abolitionist (Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines), others are abolitionist in practice (Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Myanmar), while others have an unofficial moratorium in place (Thailand). Some are undertaking important reductions in numbers of executions and other reforms (Singapore, Malaysia), while in others, the direction seems more uncertain (Indonesia, Vietnam). Fundamentally, it is a positive picture of progress and one consistent with the worldwide trend. The continuation of this trajectory should be encouraged so this region may eventually be free of capital punishment.
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.
This report is based on an analysis of relevant provisions of the 2012 law and their application. It draws from interviews and focus group discussions conducted by Fortify Rights from October 2013 and March 2015 with 90 Myanmar residents living in Yangon and Bago Regions and Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states.
Workers in Cambodia’s garment factories—frequently producing name-brand clothing sold mainly in the United States, the European Union, and Canada—often experience discriminatory and exploitative labor conditions. The combination of short-term contracts that make it easier to fire and control workers, poor government labor inspection and enforcement, and aggressive tactics against independent unions make it difficult for workers, the vast majority of whom are young women, to assert their rights.
RECOGNIZING the significant insights and gains generated by the first and second Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Chief Justices' Meeting (ACJM) which provided a suitable venue to address highlevel policy matters affecting our legal systems, share best practices, and assess legal trends among the ASEAN Member States;
This report on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples of Cambodia was prepared mainly from the contributions of indigenous peoples human rights defenders (IPHRDs) and NGOs in the country. This is an update to the AIPP publication Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Report in Asia – Cambodia, Thailand and Nepal: Towards Social Justice and Sustainable Peace published in 2006.
The assessment of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) is that protection of the right to a fair trial is key to ensuring justice. If the military judges and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) intend to dismiss the principle, it indicates that the judges are willing to adjudicate based on unjust, rather than just, laws.
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 continuing abuses against Thai agricultural workers documented in this report are a disturbing signal of the state’s failure to enforce its own laws, which among other things provide for a minimum wage, specify maximum working hours, allow for lawful strike actions and unionization, and outline specific details on worker accommodation.
This publication provides a legal analysis of the AHRD, which is intended to assess the extent to which it is consistent with international law and ASEAN Member States’ existing international legal obligations. It assumes that ASEAN will eventually develop a regional human rights convention similar to the American, African and European Conventions, and that the AHRD will form the basis of such a Convention.
The beginnings of an unprecedented democratic transition in Myanmar have come just as the spread of mobile phones and the internet is opening up massive new opportunities for communication and learning for the country's 50 million people.
Nay Pyi Taw Declaration on the ASEAN Community's Post 2015 Vision. Nay Pyi Taw, 12 November 2014.
The 67-page report, “30 Years of Hun Sen: Violence, Repression, and Corruption in Cambodia,” chronicles Hun Sen’s career from being a Khmer Rouge commander in the 1970s to his present role as prime minister and head of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). The report details the violence, repression, and corruption that have characterized his rule under successive governments since 1985.