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.
Thailand’s refugee rights crisis continues to be a problem. As of 2015, Thailand is not a State Party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and does not have domestic laws on asylum.
Thailand operates under the 1979 Immigration Act, which considers asylum seekers and refugees as illegal immigrants and subjects them to arbitrary arrest, detention and deportation.
While refugees live across the country, the majority reside within nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar Border and in Bangkok. Refugees and asylum-seekers include stateless persons such as the Rohingya and Uighur, those fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar, religious persecution in Pakistan and war in Syria.
The new list of AICHR Representatives for 2016 - 2018. Dr. Seree Nontashoot, Thailand Representative to the AICHR will continue his serving to the AICHR for 2nd term.
No one in Southeast Asia should expect their civil rights to be protected by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Six years since it was launched, the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has yet to take any action to safeguard the most basic freedoms of citizens it supposedly represents.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), together with a group of experienced media professionals, are in the midst of developing a code of ethics to guide media practitioners on human rights issues.
Earlier this week, the Administration took steps to support private sector interest in Burma and help the new democratically-elected government.
Myanmar’s parliament has voted down a powerful nationalist ethnic party’s proposal for an urgent citizenship verification process for Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, state media reported Saturday.
“Being part of ASEAN will further safeguard Timor Leste’s own independence and sovereignty, and of course, peace and stability in our region.”
On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised this southern city's suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill.
A Law to protect religious harmony is being considered by the new government following failed attempts to pass such a bill in the previous parliament, which instead enacted controversial legislation seen as undermining religious freedoms.
Cambodia's next election will be in July 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday, as leaders of the opposition face legal charges they say are politically motivated to stop them challenging the veteran premier in the vote.