The Submission was prepared through a series of consultations among civil society organizations, including the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN Peoples Forum 2015 held in Malaysia this year. A series of research, workshops, and consultations among SAPA WGA members and partners were also conducted. The Submission aims to reaffirm human rights as core ASEAN values and principles, and thus should be considered a main component of the ASEAN Community .
In Malaysia’s term as the chair of ASEAN, civil society organizations in the ASEAN regionmet for the 8th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights, in Kuala Lumpur on 17 & 18 August 2015. At least 60 participants from civil society organizations from national, regional, and international organizations met to discuss a specific topic, dedicated this year to Migration and Human Rights in ASEAN.
The AICHR is pleased to submit the Annual Report 2015 for the consideration of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in accordance with the Terms of Reference of the AICHR (Article 6.6). This reporting period (July 2014 - 2015) is marked by three special occasions for the AICHR. First and foremost is the upcoming commencement of the ASEAN Community at the end of 2015, which highlights the growing importance of Community - building efforts by various organs and bodies of ASEAN including those pertaining to human rights which are a fundamental principle of the ASEAN Community by the AICHR.
Asean leaders are urged to take proactive measures to prevent religion from being used to cause dissent among the communities in the region.
Most countries in Southeast Asia do not have a transparent budget process, according to a global survey conducted by International Budget Partnership.
The plight of Cambodian migrant maids who suffer abuse by employers in Malaysia is well documented. Less so is the mental damage caused by the overseas trauma, which has led to some returned migrants being chained up by their desperate families
Cambodian authorities should end the prosecution of an opposition senator who has been wrongfully charged with forgery and incitement for posting online an inaccurate version of a 1979 Cambodia-Vietnam treaty, Human Rights Watch said today. The next hearing in the case against Senator Hong Sok Hour is scheduled for October 2.
Thai authorities should investigate and appropriately prosecute a junior officer implicated in the torture and killing of a Muslim cleric in 2008, Human Rights Watch said today. The case is a major test of the Thai government’s commitment to justice for military abuses in embattled southern Thailand.
Wednesday night, 50 years ago, history changed in such a way that few want to talk about it. In Indonesia, radical officers supported by the leader of the Communist Party (but not the party), attempted to arrest prominent pro-US generals to account for their conspiracy against anti-imperialist president Sukarno.
Singapore respects Indonesia's sovereignty with regard to airspace control, training areas over the South China Sea and even the current haze crisis, which Singapore has offered to help resolve.
The EU said Tuesday it will for the first time deploy observers in Myanmar's upcoming elections when the opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to make significant gains against the military-dominated government.