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Undermining Democracy: The Election Commission of Thailand in the 2019 Election

The Thai Social Science Seminar Series, a joint initiative between the University of Sydney's Southeast Asia Centre, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), will host a webinar titled 'Undermining Democracy: The Election Commission of Thailand in the 2019 Election' on...

[JOINT ANALYSIS] Refusing Silence: A joint analysis on the situation of Human Rights Defenders

Over the past two years, human rights defenders (HRDs) have faced unprecedented challenges in Asia, where existing risks were exacerbated, while new threats have emerged. Governments enacted and used repressive laws, online harassment became widespread, and Asian HRDs have seen their families and loved ones increasingly subjected to harassment...

Call for Submissions: Human Rights Defenders Poetry Challenge

To honour the human rights defenders that have suffered, succeeded, fought and fallen, Protection International, ProtectDefenders.eu and the Centre for Applied Human Rights of the University of York are launching a poetry challenge for all creatives, activists and advocates for human rights. This past year has been a difficult...

Press in Distress: Will Independent Journalism Survive in Southeast Asia?

The Centre for Independent Journalism will organize a webinar entitled "Press in Distress: Will Independent Journalism Survive in Southeast Asia?" on October 8, 2021, at 4:00 pm (Kuala Lumpur/Manila Time). The forum will feature leaders of media organisations fighting for press freedom in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. To register...
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Indonesia: Government should end the judicial harassment and immediately withdraw arbitrary charges against defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar

(Bangkok, 23 September 2021) ‒ The Indonesian government should put an end to the judicial harassment against human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, and uphold the right to freedom of expression, a group of human rights organisations said. ‘The Government of Indonesia must uphold its international human rights...

[PUBLIC REPORT] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on...

[PUBLICATION] Outcome Document from the Virtual Conference on ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia. The health crisis has also catalysed the rise of authoritarianism, the over-securitisation of societies, and systemic efforts to suppress democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in the region. Hence, it is critical to activate, strengthen and protect spaces and mechanisms for...

COVID-19 and the Southeast Asian Media Landscape

The Asia Democracy Network, with support from the UNESCO Bangkok and the International Programme for the Development of Communications (IPDC), will conduct a webinar titled "COVID-19 and the Southeast Asian Media Landscape" on October 5, 2021, 8:00 am to 9:30 am (United Kingdom Time) or 2:00 pm to 3:30...

Asia-Pacific Environmental Defenders Forum

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (OHCHR) Southeast Asia will organize the Asia Pacific Environmental Defenders Forum on November 17 to 19, 2021. The forum aims to discuss challenges that environmental human rights defenders are facing in Asia Pacific despite their vital role in protecting...

Media Ethics and Journalism in Malaysia

The Asia Centre will host a webinar “Media Ethics and Journalism in Malaysia” co-convened with the School of Media and Communication, Taylor’s University Malaysia, on October 12, 2021, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm (Kuala Lumpur/Manila/Singapore Time GMT+8). The event will focus on the state of media ethics and journalisms in...