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[REPORT] Dictating the Internet: Curtailing Free Expression, Opinion and Information Online in Southeast Asia

In this report, the ICJ focuses its analysis on Thailand. The updated information and analysis show how State authorities have continued abusing laws that in any event are not compliant with human rights law and standards to intensify their arbitrary restrictions on human rights in the digital sphere. The...

[REPORT] Timor Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat

The Asia Centre has recently published a report entitled “Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat”, followed by an op-ed piece entitled “Timor-Leste’s internet freedoms at risk” in the Jakarta Post, and the UPR submission "Internet Freedoms Under Threat in Timor-Leste". There are also links to the event write-up of the...

[BRIEF] One Vision, Different Responses: An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations

Since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, military forces have arbitrarily arrested, charged or sentenced at least 3,331 people and killed at least 739 others, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.1 The military is now increasingly repressing independent media through...

[REPORT] If I Disappear: Global Report on Protecting Young People in Civic Space

The importance of protection in civic space was emphasized in the UN SG’s Call to Action for Human Rights and it was one of the three key priorities in the UN’s Guidance Note on Civic Space. In his first-ever report on YPS, the Secretary-General called for the development of dedicated guidance...

[REPORT] State of Media Freedom: Confronting the Regression of Freedom in Southeast Asia 2021

The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) recently launched an initiative to advocate for media space advancement.  Crucial to this initiative is the process of mapping out the dire press freedom and democracy issues in Southeast Asia to find appropriate solutions in addressing them.  Also, it is the hope of this...

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...