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.
In 2016, Thai society is more concerned with addressing exploitation, reducing corruption and honouring the rights of the child than punishing the buying and selling sex. Most of Thai society may well consider exchanging sex for money to be immoral. However, we propose that the breach of some of society’s moral beliefs no longer carries an imperative strong enough to criminally punish those involved. The outdated legal framework around sex work needs to be reformed to reflect the modern concerns of society. The Suppression and Prevention of Prostitution Act 1996 is in danger of becoming an orphan law divorced from society’s support.
The Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015 aims to document current alarming trends of racial discrimination in Malaysia. This annual report will compile, highlight and show the severity of racial discrimination incidents in the nation.
The year 2015 will be remembered as a momentous year for Burma/Myanmar as the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, clinched an emphatic victory in the 8 November polls. However, the main challenges that impede a full and genuine democratic transition remain.
This briefing paper published by FORUM-ASIA and Burma Partnership provides an update on the current situation of human rights in Burma/Myanmar for the consideration of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council. It presents critical recommendations that will need to be implemented if the country is to look forward to a new and progressive era of democracy.
The abuse of Thailand’s draconian Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté) has reached alarming levels following the country’s latest military coup d’état on 22 May 2014.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals have been sentenced to prison terms under Article 112. At the time of the military takeover, six people were behind bars for lèse majesté violations. As of 20 February 2016, there were 53 - a nearly nine-fold increase.
The report includes the profiles of six individuals - three men and three women - who have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 30 years for lèse-majesté and lèsemajesté- related violation of the Computer Crimes Act. Their stories exemplify the range of human rights violations that authorities have committed as a result of the overzealous enforcement of Article 112.
AIPP [Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact] conducted an investigation into the status of trafficking of indigenous women in the Mekong region. The results served as a preliminary analysis of current government and non-government policies and the responses of the affected communities.
ASEAN 2025 promises that the human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity of its peoples, and social justice will be promoted and protected, among a long list of promises. It also promises "greater prosperity through increased economic opportunities, enhanced regional connectivity, ease of intra-ASEAN travel and doing business as well as a resilient regional economy". Unfortunately, for many indigenous peoples, even before this ASEAN Community, their human rights and fundamental freedoms have already been severely violated and they have been left behind and even sacrificed for what is called 'greater prosperity'. This publication strives to present the perception of indigenous peoples on the ASEAN Community, especially its integration aspects.
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.
This report, based on a survey of the human rights commitments of Burma's political parties, found that parties generally favored actions aimed at tackling critical issues that gave a negative impacts on human rights. However, in several of those instances, the report shows that parties failed to identify and proritize the spesific measures that would adress key human rights concerns in a direct and effective way.
This report describes and assesses the performance of ASEAN’s two main human rights mechanisms, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) during 2014.
This report finds that ethnic political parties and ethnic civil society broadly agree on fundamental issues: the need for peace, ethnic equality, self-determination, and a federal system of governance. Given the centralized governance structure and the over - bearing presence and power of the Burma Army, an institution that has been at war with ethnic nationality actors for over 65 years, it is fundamental structural changes in the way that Burma is governed that will address peace, ethnic equality, self-determination and federalism, not the 2015 elections
The new report, Crackdown at Letpadan: Excessive Use of Force and Violations of the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Expression in Letpadan, Bago Region, Myanmar also details how not all police officers at the scene participated in violence during the crackdown. Some police officers used riot shields or their own bodies to protect protesters from attacks by other police officers, providing further evidence of the unjustified use of force by some officers.
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.
The 14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights held in December 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam was timely and relevant. The results reflected in this publication serve to deepen the understanding of the linkage between human rights and business in Asia and Europe. On behalf of the organisers, I would like to acknowledge all those whose efforts ade this dialogue possible and fruitful.
This report documents the presentations and discussions made during the Workshop on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Promoting and Protecting the Rights, including Health, of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People in Asia and the Pacific held from 24-25 February 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea since the U.S. war in Vietnam. Human rights violations against Rohingya have resulted in a regional human trafficking epidemic, and there have been further abuses against Rohingya upon their arrival in other Southeast Asian countries.
This publication contains the struggles of four cases presented by the aggrieved communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and deliberated by an international panel of experts during the Asian People's Land Rights Tribunal. These cases have all exhausted various grievance mechanisms, seeking justice for the violations committed on people's land and human rights. A set of recommendations for the communities as well as national government and international organizations, are addresses in this publication.
The briefing paper looks into how these national laws and measures are impacting the indigenous peoples in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and the Philippines.
Although all states in the ASEAN voted for the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007, most of them still refuse to respect and implement the indigenous peoples’ collective rights, especially to their lands, territories and resources and to self-determination. Several ASEAN states, underpinned by legal systems inherited from colonial times, have arrogated to themselves the right to allocate, regulate and determine ownership, use, control and development of land and resources.
The immediate objective of the report is to provide a comprehensive picture of the current situation of Human Rights Defenders (“HRDs”) in Burma, including the threats and risks that they face. The report also provides concrete, practical, research-based, solution-oriented policy recommendations for HRDs, the Burma authorities, and any other relevant actors, to enhance HRDs’ access to adequate and realistic protection programs, and to strengthen legislative and judicial protection mechanisms for HRDs in Burma.