Various processes have swept over Southeast Asia in the last four decades, producing pressures not only in the economic but also in the political and social milieus. When these processes congealed, transnational social movements (TSMs), which earlier had not paid much attention to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), began to give it more serious attention. This paper examines two TSMs, Migrant Forum in Asia, which already engages in international processes while also focusing on ASEAN, and the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers, which was formed to respond specifically to newly opened regional spaces.
These refugees’ voices of concern are based on real fears, as the ongoing conflict threatens peoples’ lives and the situation on the ground in Burma indicates increased militarization by Burma Army as human rights violations continue with impunity, while a fragile peace process threatens the sustainable return of refugees with dignity and in safety. Furthermore, over 643,000 people remain internally displaced in Burma, some living in potential refugee return areas and the country’s so-called reform continues to backslide.
Do Hereby Agree to:
Strengthen ASEAN unity and solidarity and its central role in maintaining and promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region;
Enhance ASEAN's common agenda for peace and prosperity, which promotes political and social stability, inclusive political processes; sustainable growth which provides opportunities for all and upholds dignity; and social justice with emphasis on mutual respect, balance and moderation;
Authorities in Vietnam briefly detained a prominent blogger shortly after his return to the capital Hanoi from Singapore, where he had attended a workshop on the use of a new mobile tool to promote citizen journalism, his daughter said Monday.
WE, AT Maruah, a human rights group, read with dismay the reports about Singapore and other Asean countries turning away refugees from Myanmar ("'Boat people' crisis a test for Asean"; yesterday).
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Indonesia says it is protecting the country’s sovereignty in turning away boat people in its waters, though it will help such migrants with emergency aid.
Government in Manila becomes first in the region to offer safe haven to thousands of refugees and migrants stranded on Asia’s seas
His competence and no-nonsense style as mayor may have earned him acclaim, but to the international watchdog Human Rights Watch, the Philippine government should investigate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's possible role in summary executions in the city over the past decade.
Institutions grounded in sense and equality would never employ such a ghastly procedure, say activists
"President Joko Widodo should set the military straight and immediately abolish the requirement and prevent all military hospitals from administering it," Varia said in a statement.