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Democracy Under Siege

As a lethal pandemic, economic and physical insecurity, and violent conflict ravaged the world in 2020, democracy’s defenders sustained heavy new losses in their struggle against authoritarian foes, shifting the international balance in favor of tyranny. Incumbent leaders increasingly used force to crush opponents and settle scores, sometimes in...

Press Statement for Immediate Release: End the Military Coup and Restore Democracy in Myanmar

The lapsing of Myanmar’s direct military rule in 2011 after 26 years of tyranny heralded a new, positive political phase for the peoples of Myanmar. Through democratic consciousness transcending courage and extraordinary struggles, the peoples of Myanmar laboured to achieve a transition from military rule into a democratic nation...

ASEAN Notional Calendar 2021

Brunei is the chair of ASEAN this year, with the theme of we care, we prepare, we prosper. The priority of Brunei as chair is mainly on the (digital) economy which can be found on the link below;

Civil Societies and Grassroots Engagement with ASEAN in Policy-Level, Strategic Approach to ASEAN Structure and Policy Bodies

Introduction Being 2019, ASEAN have gone so far to 52th anniversary years with the well-known successful regional cooperation amidst the world. According to ASEANstats by ASEAN Secretariats exposed the progress of ASEAN statistics from last 50 years, 1967-2016, demonstrates an increasing number of population growth from 185 million to 634...

Report on the ACWC+10: Assessing the Commission’s Impact on Protecting Women and Children’s Rights in ASEAN

As part of its advocacy on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) human rights mechanisms, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Solidarity for ASEAN People’s Advocacy (SAPA) produce an annual assessment of the performance of the ASEAN human rights mechanisms: the ASEAN Intergovernmental...

Report from FORUM-ASIA Webinar Series: The Status of Human Rights in ASEAN during COVID-19 Pandemic

  In the ASEAN region as elsewhere in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a genuine health emergency, prompting governments to take extraordinary, unprecedented measures in an effort to curb its lethal impact. While measures were taken by ASEAN Member States to genuinely combat the proliferation of the virus,...

Webinar: Do We Still Have Privacy Rights? The Impact of Contact-Tracing Apps in ASEAN

This is the related materials from the Webinar: Do We Still Have Privacy Rights? The Impact of Contact-Tracing Apps in ASEAN, co-organized by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Southeast Asian Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), and The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM). The...

ASEAN Community Virtual Summit (25 – 26 June 2020)

This is the related materials from the ASEAN Community Virtual Summit, organised by FORUM-ASIA, ASEAN Parliamentarian for Human Rights (APHR), SHAPE-SEA, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Networks (APRRN), Progressive Voice, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC), and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 25-26 June 2020.

Webinar II: The ASEAN Community and COVID-19 – An Assessment of an Infected Region’s Present and Future Conditions

This is the related materials from Webinar II: The ASEAN Community and COVID-19 – An Assessment of an Infected Region’s Present and Future Conditions, organised by FORUM-ASIA and SHAPE-SEA on 14 April 2020. List of speakers: Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Former Thai Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)...