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ASEAN MPs urge governments to put human rights at centre of COVID-19 response

JAKARTA – As governments in Southeast Asia increase measures in response to the spread of coronavirus, regional lawmakers have today urged authorities to ensure that human rights are at the forefront of their responses. “Now is a particularly challenging time for governments around the world to combat the virus, but...

ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID‐19 pandemic, says FORUM-ASIA

In a joint statement earlier today (20 March), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with the Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy and the undersigned organisations, expressed grave concerns with the lack of a human rights focus in the current response to the ongoing COVID‐19 pandemic...

ASEAN Must Do More to Help the Rohingyas

The deaths of more than a dozen Rohingyas on an overcrowded boat that was bound for Malaysia but capsized in the Bay of Bengal in early February highlighted the desperation that about a million refugees continue to face in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. While the refugees’ plight...

Keynote Speech on Viet Nam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship By H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Viet Nam (Hanoi, 6 January 2020) Distinguished guests, Fellow citizens of the ASEAN Community, 1. Along with the rest of the world, the ASEAN Community is celebrating the New Year 2020 amidst blooming spring with...

Lao Woman Gets Five Years for Criticizing Government on Facebook

Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also known by her nickname Mouay, was arrested Sept. 12 after she voiced her concern about the government response to flooding in the country’s southern Champassak and Salavan provinces in her Sept. 5 Facebook Live video.

Human Rights Talks Absent from ASEAN Summit

HO CHI MINH CITY - Much of the recent ASEAN summit was focused on political snubbing between Donald Trump and the region, an Asian trade agreement, and the South China Sea dispute, but one topic was not a priority: human rights.

Thai party that nominated a princess for PM has been dissolved

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)A Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate in upcoming elections has been dissolved by the country's Constitutional Court, in what could prove to be a blow for the pro-democracy movement. The court ruled Thursday that by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, the elder sister of...

Trade wars and human rights violations

The world’s eyes are fixated on Myanmar. Numerous online petitions have been set up among the international community to voice concerns for the Rohingya Muslims. At the same time, there are also online campaigns being run by people in Myanmar speaking out against the international media’s reports about the...

US-ASEAN Forum shows the need for concrete plans on economic integration and human rights

Last week in Jakarta, the US-ASEAN Partnership Forum brought policy experts, young leaders, and ASEAN and government representatives together to discuss the future of US-ASEAN relations. The forum focused on shared challenges, economic integration, development, and generating policy recommendations for both ASEAN and the US. The event was organized by...

‘Clock’s ticking,’ EU tells Cambodia as trade scheme under threat

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The European Union has warned Cambodia that the "clock is ticking" after it officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over rights concerns, paving the way for a move that analysts warn would be "catastrophic" to its economy. The so-called Everything But...