Webinar Session VI: COVID-19, Peace, and Human Security – Seeing the Invisible & forgotten amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Impact on conflict-affected, displaced, and marginalised communities, and on the peace and security, in ASEAN

    May 15, 2020
    CSO Event

    This session is concerned with communities where (direct and structural) violence and political instability are present; where this global health challenge intersects with wars or volatile political conditions such as weak institutions, communal tensions, and lack of trust in political leaders; and where marginalisation of ethnic minorities, indigenous populations and other invisibilized groups such as refugees, undocumented migrants, stateless and displaced peoples may make them more vulnerable to the impact of the outbreak, and possibly exacerbating existing conflicts and insecurity or giving rise to new ones.

    This session aims to discuss and answer the following questions:

    • How are governments and/or ASEAN responding to the pandemic? Are the needs of conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized communities considered in the government/ASEAN responses and programs to the pandemic, and how/how not?
    • What is the impact of the pandemic on conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized, and the response of community actors?
    • What are the needs and concerns that conflict-affected and vulnerable communities have expressed?
    • What are examples of communities demonstrating resilience and exercising positive peace? What are examples of inclusive and conflict-sensitive crisis response by governments and CSOs?
    • How will this pandemic affect existing peace processes and violent conflicts?
    • What are the most critical tasks/roles for peacebuilders and human rights defenders working with conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized communities at this time?


    • Dr. Ayesah Abubakar (University Malaysia Sabah and the ASEAN Womem for Peace Registry)
    • Sam Sai Kham (Former Executive Director of METTA Development Foundation)
    • Sanam Amin ( Programme Officer, Asia Pacific on Women, Law, and Development /APWLD)
    • Rachel Tan (Programme Officer, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network/ APRRN)


    • Gus Miclat and Marc Batac (Initiative for International Dialogue and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)-Southeast Asia)

    Registration: https://bit.ly/IIDwebinar