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Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the ‘AICHR High Level Dialogue on Managing Freedom of Expression in the Information Age’

Medan, 12 April 2018   We, the undersigned civil society organisations with a consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), welcome the initiative of the representatives of the AICHR from Indonesia and Malaysia on organising the ‘AICHR High Level Dialogue on Managing Freedom of Expression in the...

New Perspectives on Civil Society Engagement with ASEAN

The year 2017 marks the fiftieth year of ASEAN’S founding with the Philippines serving as the host country. For over a decade, civil society organizations (CSOs) and people’s organizations across the region have been challenging the regional organization to address issues and concerns that affect the citizens of Southeast...

SUARAM Human Rights Report Overview 2016

SUARAM calls upon the Government of Malaysia to cease its violations of human rights and adopt laws which are compliant with recognized international human rights standards and practice an inclusive and fair enforcement of the law to safeguard the rights of the people of Malaysia. Acknowledging the growing security...

Civil society groups want human rights on ASEAN Summit agenda

By Rex Remitio, CNN Philippines Updated 17:58 PM PHT Sat, January 14, 2017 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte, who is this year's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman, may not like the issue of human rights, but civil society organizations (CSOs) are determined to put it in...

UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups

A United Nations initiative reviewing human rights records of countries around the world is indirectly strengthening civil society organisations in Southeast Asia by allowing them to participate in the process. But the groups are still blocked from ensuring human rights are meaningfully protected in their countries. A United Nations initiative...

The Asean People’s Forum needs a rethink

The problem with these organisations is that they never offer any constructive solutions, or thoughts, but attend and speak at the APF with one intention, that of attempting to destroy the image the image of their targets by creating division among the participants. By The Independent - October 20, 2016 KUALA...

Human Rights Report 2015 Overview: Civil and Political Rights [SUARAM]

The human rights situation for Malaysia in 2015 can be gleaned from the data and statistics for the violations of fundamental liberties documented and monitored by SUARAM. Once again, we can see that the promises of reform made by Prime Minister Najib Razak when he took over the office...

[ACSC/APF 2016 CSO Statement] Expanding Peoples’ Solidarity For a Just and Inclusive ASEAN Community

ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) marks a new history in this region by holding it in Timor Leste. The ACSC/APF 2016 will not take place in Lao PDR, due to concerns over possible restrictions and limited freedom of expression on key issues of concerns of ASEAN which...

ACSC/APF 2015 Conference: “A People Centered ASEAN Community: Making It Happen”

This ACSC/APF conference is the second CSO forum held in parallel to the ASEAN Summits in 2015. This gathering provides another opportunity and platform for CSOs to engage with ASEAN and its member States. This ACSC/APF conference is the second CSO forum held in parallel to the ASEAN Summits in...

Timeline of harassment of opposition MPs, members, and supporters

Over the past nine months, members, supporters, and elected representatives of Cambodia’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), as well as the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), have faced increasing harassment, attacks, arbitrary arrests, and imprisonment. Released in April 2016 Over the past nine months, members, supporters, and elected...