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[Joint Statement] Ensure civil society participation for a people-centred ASEAN
26 June 2020 12:07 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 26 June 2020) ‒ The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has failed to hold its Member States accountable for the spike in human rights violations and erosion of fundamental freedoms across the region over the past six months, rights groups said today. The failure of ASEAN as an institution to protect Southeast Asia’s [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement]ASEAN Must Ensure Protection for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Region
19 June 2020 7:54 pm

ASEAN Must Ensure Protection for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Region Bangkok, 20 June 2020: On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2020, and ahead of the 36th ASEAN Virtual Summit on 26 June, we, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Progressive Voice [ Read more ]

Children and Youth must be at the Centre of the Policy-Making Process for COVID-19 Response in ASEAN
29 April 2020 8:23 pm

Children and Youth must be at the Centre of the Policy-Making Process for COVID-19 Response in ASEAN (Bangkok/Jakarta/Manila, 29 April 2020) – ASEAN Governments have yet to demonstrate a strong commitment towards protecting children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. As the most vulnerable groups, they may be often missed as countries struggle [ Read more ]

ASEAN must not compromise freedom of expression in response to COVID-19
21 April 2020 11:31 am

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 21 April 2020) — ASEAN Member States banding together to combat misinformation and fake news during the COVID-19 pandemic spells grave concern, given the atrocious track record of the freedom of expression by its Governments. ‘Since the pandemic began, we have seen laws tighten to stifle free expression and dozens arrested, charged or brought to [ Read more ]