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ASEAN Foundation Executive Director at the Launching of Human Rights in ASEAN Website

Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono, gave his remarks at the launching of the “Human Rights in ASEAN” website in Jakarta on 1 October 2013. The launching was made part of the 6th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights organised by the Asian Forum for...

Indonesia: Address trafficking for better handling of human rights

Addressing problems of human trafficking and migration within Southeast Asia is a realistic way to improve regional cooperation on human rights despite the principle of non-interference of ASEAN, a leading activist said. Thida Khus, a leader of the Women’s Caucus in Southeast Asia, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that...

Myanmar: Rights groups urge tough line on new UN resolution

International rights groups are calling for the European Union to take a hard line against Myanmar’s human rights violations in a new United Nations resolution that the 27-member bloc is drafting. As The Myanmar Times has previously reported, in the first week of September the EU received a démarche from...

ASEAN SOGIE Caucus highlights exclusion of LGBTs from ASEAN anti-violence declaration

Asian LGBT rights coalition the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGIE Caucus have expressed their disappointment that LGBT people were left out of two recently passed anti-violence declarations for the region. Activists hoped that the ASEAN Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence...

Malaysia: Govt’s Human Rights Report to UN ‘Less Than Truthful’

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (Comango) has slammed the government for being "less than truthful" in its report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the Human Rights Council's mechanism to promote and protect human rights through peer review process...

Cambodia: NGOs see gap in rights record

A group of NGOs condemned rampant abuses of sexual and reproductive health rights in Cambodia last week, just days before the government submitted a human rights progress report to the United Nations. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS...

Press Release: Civil Society Prepare for Open and Inclusive ASEAN Civil Society Conference

Civil society organizations called for open and inclusive ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC) / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (APF) to be held next year ahead of the Summit, and presented their action plan for organizing the conference. “Myanmar has now taken up its responsibility as the chair of ASEAN. We hope...

Shaping Human Rights Policy in ASEAN

Bandar Seri Begawan: A group of civil society organisations, think-tanks and government representatives gathered in Jakarta from October 31 to November 3 for a back-to-back programme to discuss on human rights issues pertaining to the Asean region. Representing Brunei Darussalam were Hj Awang Hasbollah bin Haji Awang Damit, Vice-President III...

Regional conference on policing in Southeast Asia calls for human rights-based policing

Civil society activists and human rights lawyers from Indonesia, Malaysia , the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste are demanding effective accountability mechanisms to deal with police abuse in their countries. The weaknesses of current mechanisms have contributed to a culture of impunity allowing for human rights violations by law enforcement...

A Consultation on ‘the AICHR’s Thematic Study on Migration’

A consultation on ‘the AICHR’s thematic study on Migration’ was organised by H.E. Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand representative to the AICHR, on 17 October 2013, at Institute of Research and Development for Public Enterprises in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants of this consultation included experts in the field of migration, who...