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The Philippines: For women and kids

It was a clarion call for human rights in Southeast Asia—and its sounding was most timely. At the 23rd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations last week in Brunei, the leaders of the 10-member bloc adopted declarations calling for the elimination of violence against women and children...

Abbott Urged to Focus on Asia Human Rights

Sydney - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said it was concerned Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott failed to discuss rights with Asian leaders, saying he shouldn't give them a "free pass" on the issue. In a letter to the new conservative leader, the group said Australia could make a significant...

ASEAN drives a ‘not so obvious conversation’ with Persons with Disabilities

Bangkok, 12 October 2013 - Disasters impact everyone, but in different degrees. This year, the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) celebrates the resilience and role of people with disabilities before, during and after disasters. “Innovating Together Towards a Safe ASEAN Community” is this year’s theme for ADDM with...

Post ASEAN Summit Highlights- ASEAN Leaders to intensify efforts towards ASEAN Community 2015

JAKARTA, 16 October 2013 – At the heels of the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Nyan Lynn, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN told members of the diplomatic community that “the Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to intensify efforts towards realizing the ASEAN Community 2015.” In a post-summit briefing...

Efforts toward the abolition of death penalty in South East Asia welcomed

Prominent international experts and representatives from several governments have joined a Bangkok seminar on moving away from the death penalty in South East Asia. The seminar was held on Tuesday and Wednesday by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in cooperation with the Thai Justice Ministry. Apart...

Civil Society raises concerns over Myanmar’s chairship of ASEAN in 2014

Two years after its controversial and some say ambiguous march towards reform and democratization, Myanmar now seeks to prove to the world that it is ready to take the spotlight in the international stage when it assumes the Chairship of ASEAN in 2014. This is the first time that Myanmar...

Speed up integration, ASEAN urged

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN—The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must speed up its community building and integration processes amid rapid developments in the region and the world caused by globalization, said the Asean-Korea Centre’s secretary-general on Monday. In a speech delivered at the opening of the inaugural Asean Connectivity Forum...

ASEAN: Lost In the Lack Of Translation – Analysis

By Felix Sharief* Coinciding with the 46th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), along with ASEAN Country Permanent Representatives (CPRs), convened a joint event in late August focused on the strengthening of ASEAN Community building through the implementation of...

High expectations as Myanmar takes ASEAN helm

Hotels and restaurants are springing up in Myanmar’s capital, barely eight years old, to cater to visitors from nine other Asean countries in what officials see as a test run for Myanmar’s debut chairmanship of the regional grouping from January 2014. But Nay Pyi Taw lacks direct international flights,...

ASEAN Leaders to intensify efforts towards ASEAN Community 2015

JAKARTA, Oct. 18 -- At the heels of the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Nyan Lynn, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN told members of the diplomatic community that "the Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to intensify efforts towards realizing the ASEAN Community 2015." In a statement, Lynn spoke on...