January 31, 2022
CSO Event in Indonesia
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), and Progressive Voice would like to invite you to an online press briefing ‘Myanmar Coup One Year On: ASEAN Must Not Fail Its People‘ where the Myanmar National Unity Government Ambassador to ASEAN will be presenting as the opening panel speaker.
As of 24 January 2022, the junta has killed 1,490, arrested 11,711 and systematically committed atrocities such as torture, sexual abuse, arbitrary detention. It has done these despite international condemnation. This violence has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation that has seen hundreds of thousands displaced. One year is more than enough to sit back and expect the dialogue to happen.
ASEAN Member States and its leaders need to step up their efforts and engage with the international community to scrutinise the junta’s action and bring the perpetrators accountable.
This media briefing reminds ASEAN Member States and the whole ASEAN community of the regional bloc’s failure to hold the junta accountable for its grave human rights violations and its lack of commitment to the five-point consensus on Myanmar.
- H.E. Ambassador U Bo Hla Tint, National Unity Government (NUG) Ambassador to ASEAN
- Khin Ohmar, Chairperson, Progressive Voice
- Hannah Mo, Member of Secretariat, Karenni State Consultative Council
- Fatia Maulidiyanti, KontraS
- Eva Sundari, Former Member of Parliaments of Indonesia, Board of APHR
Moderated by Cornelius Hanung, Asia Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, CIVICUS
For more information or to set up an interview with any of the speakers, please contact Melissa Ananthraj, Communication and Media Programme Manager, FORUM-ASIA at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the organisers:
- The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a network of 85 member organisations across 23 countries, mainly in Asia. Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. The FORUM-ASIA Secretariat is based in Bangkok, with offices in Jakarta, Geneva and Kathmandu.www.forum-asia.org
- Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia working to strengthen accountability and respect for human rights in the Asia Pacific region. AJAR focuses its work in countries attempting to build a stable democratic base following prolonged conflict or authoritarian rule. AJAR believes that peace and democracy can only be sustained if impunity, corruption, denial of the truth about past violations are addressed. We aim to equip both local and national actors with the necessary skills, knowledge and resources for their long-term efforts to strengthen accountability. https://asia-ajar.org/
- ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) was founded in June 2013 with the objective of promoting democracy and human rights across Southeast Asia. APHR is a regional network of current and former parliamentarians who use unique positions to advance human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia. APHR seeks to help create a region where people can express themselves without fear, live free from all forms of discrimination and violence, and where development takes place with human rights at the forefront. https://aseanmp.org/
- CIVICUSis a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. www.civicus.org
- Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence – Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS) was established in 1998 with the purpose to establish Indonesia as a just and democratic country where people are free from fear, repression and discrimination. https://kontras.org/
- Progressive Voice is a participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization rooted in civil society, that maintains strong networks and relationships with grassroots organizations and community-based organizations throughout Myanmar. It acts as a bridge to the international community and international policymakers by amplifying voices from the ground, and advocating for a rights-based policy narrative. https://progressivevoicemyanmar.org/