Given the apathetic and dismal response by ASEAN to the interventions and recommendations of the ASEAN civil society in the last 10 years of engagement, we are compelled to question the meaningfulness of the rhetoric on people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN. The impunity of recalcitrant ASEAN member states compound the escalation of violations and prevent the idea of regionalism as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter.
Our ASEAN Political-Security Community by 2025 shall be a united, inclusive and resilient community. Our peoples shall live in a safe, harmonious and secure environment, embrace the values of tolerance and moderation as well as uphold ASEAN fundamental principles, shared values and norms. ASEAN shall remain cohesive, responsive and relevant in addressing challenges to regional peace and security as well as play a central role in shaping the evolving regional architecture, while deepening our engagement with external parties and contributing collectively to global peace, security and stability.
ISIC’s report analyses the persecution of the Rohingya against the six stages of genocide outlined by Daniel Feierstein: stigmatisation (and dehumanisation); harassment, violence and terror; isolation and segregation; systematic weakening; mass annihilation; and finally symbolic enactment involving the removal of the victim group from the collective history. The report concludes that the Rohingya have suffered the first four of the six stages of genocide.
Development partners must hold the government of Laos accountable to commitments it has made at a recurring dialogue on aid strategy to ensure the meetings produce results, an international nongovernmental organization said ahead of a new round of talks scheduled for next week.
Myanmar's newly elected government said on Tuesday it planned to tighten control over the country's poorly regulated jade mines after a landslide swept through a mining encampment, resulting in at least 113 deaths and 100 people still missing.
Migrant workers toiling in Thailand’s seafood industry to supply Nestle SA and other global companies are subjected to hazardous, exploitative and degrading conditions in which some fishermen are even sold to other boat captains, a report commissioned by the company found.
Group seeks freer movement of trade and capital in SE Asia and to create the world's seventh-largest economy.
The impending launch of the ASEAN Economic Community is being marked this week at a summit in Kuala Lumpur. It is a time to showcase ASEAN’s commitment to a region made prosperous through economic cooperation and integration.
Vietnam is using vague national security laws to stifle dissent and arrest critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should press Vietnam to drop proposed legislation that would add even more rights-abusing penalties to its already draconian criminal code.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, along with other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), signed the ASEAN Convention Against Human Trafficking in Person (ACTIP), especially children and women here Saturday.
Singapore has announced that this year’s haze – the air pollution crisis caused by forest fires in Indonesia – is likely to be over. This year has been particularly bad, and future years may be worse.