Human Rights Situation of the COVID-19 Response in ASEAN

April 7, 2020
CSO Event

This is the first webinar from the FA-SHAPE-SEA-Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy webinar series “The Status of Human Rights in the time of COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia”.


  • Dr. Nymia Pimentel Simbulan (Executive Director, The Philippine Human Rights Information Center)
  • Asfinawati (Executive Director, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation)
  • Themba Lewis (Secretary General, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network)
  • Shamini Darshni (Executive Director, FORUM-ASIA)

Moderated by Cornelius Hanung (FORUM-ASIA)

Special closing remarks by Clément Nyaletsossi Voule – United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.

Declared a global pandemic, COVID-19 threatens already-strained healthcare systems and adversely affects almost all aspects of human life. In the ASEAN region, confirmed cases have surpassed 10,260. As the spread of the virus increases exponentially, there is no available cure in sight.

To effectively respond to the pandemic in a way that respects human dignity, swift and effective government action to upholds human rights is imperative. Alarmingly, ASEAN Member States have used the crisis as a pretext to violate fundamental rights and freedoms.

With speakers from human rights organisations in the region, the first of a six-part webinar series provides an overview of government responses to COVID-19, and discuss how ‘emergency decree’ and lock-downs in ASEAN countries violate international standards of human rights.

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm (GMT +7)

Date: Tuesday 7 April 2020

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A link to the webinar will be emailed to registered participants ahead of the discussion.

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