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By Leilani S. Junio
8 March 2017 | ILOILO CITY

ASCC Ministers with DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh at the 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Council Meeting, March 8, Iloilo City


PARIS, 7 March 2017 (VCHR) – As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March under the theme “Be Bold for Change”, women in Vietnam are paying a high price for standing up for their rights.


by Aliran admin - 22 Feb 2017

The UN Human Rights Office for South East Asia is concerned by a Malaysian court’s conviction of human rights activist Lena Hendry over a private screening of a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war, and the chilling effect on the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly.


by Sek Odom | February 23, 2017

Tep Vanny, one of the country’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday over charges related to a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh mansion in 2013.


by Social Marketing | Feb 22, 2017 | News | 0 comments

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Judy M. Taguiwalo this morning delivered a keynote speech at the Regional Workshop to Promote Family Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Persons in the ASEAN activity led by  the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC).


y LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT on February 16, 2017 Top Stories

THE revival of capital punishment will be an embarrassment for the Philippines and a setback for the rest of Southeast Asia, a number of lawmakers from the region said on Wednesday.


By Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK (IDN) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signaled his intention to push harder for the adoption of a binding regional treaty to protect the human rights of migrant workers during his chairmanship of ASEAN (Association of South east Asian Nations) this year.


By onlinecitizen on February 21, 2017 Civil Society

Public statement from Amnesty International


by Nhan Quyen • [Human Rights]

Vatican Radio, February 24, 2017


February 26, 2017 17:28
By Pratch Rujivanarom
The Nation
Dawei, Myanmar

COMMUNITY groups in Thailand and Myanmar have urged protection of human rights and prevention of environmental impacts – after Thai entrepreneurs were reported to have carried out abusive and environmentally damaging acts in neighbouring countries.


Mon, 20 February 2017
Niem Chheng and Leonie Kijewski

Political analyst Kim Sok was charged, arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on Friday afternoon after showing up for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, according to court spokesman Ly Sophana.



Published: 6/02/2017 at 04:30 AM
Newspaper section: Asia focus

Two recent incidents in Southeast Asia have caught the attention of international human rights activists. Indeed, they should concern anyone who cares about the rule of law.

By Rex Remitio, CNN Philippines
Updated 17:58 PM PHT Sat, January 14, 2017

Rabu, 18 Januari 2017 09:02 WIB | 1.082 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Commissioner of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Dinna Wisnu calls on more womens participation in the politics and public policy to address a very diverse issues of human rights in the region.

Thu Feb 2, 2017 | 5:53am EST
By Enrico Dela Cruz and Manolo Serapio Jr | MANILA

By Victoria Wah

Mother Nature, an environmental non-governmental organization, recently hired a Singaporean law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP to investigate irregularities in sand imports from Cambodia to Singapore.


Published 7 Feb 2017, 3:33 pm     Updated 7 Feb 2017, 3:36 pm

US President Donald J Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked reactions in USA and worldwide, not least in Malaysia.

While the debate on border control is still hot, I want to bring our attention to the immigration question in Malaysia.


With regard to the news release issued by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression voicing concerns over the use of the lèse-majesté law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to clarify as follows: