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Shui Meng ASEM

Keep Sombath’s Vision Alive

Keynote Speech by Shui Meng Ng at the 10th Asia-Europe People’s Forum “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe-Building States of Citizens for Citizens” Milan, Italy, 10-12 October 2014…

APHR in the News September 2014

Bangkok Post; 30 September 2014; ‘Tanasak the odd man out on world stage’ Prachathai; 29 September 2014; ‘Thai military’s contempt for human rights and the rule of law poses a…

Coup leader and self-appointed Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha must cease absurd claims to be acting in the interests of human rights and democracy, repeal all laws that violate Thailand's international legal obligations and return power to an elected, civilian government.

Thai military’s contempt for human rights and the rule of law poses a threat to democracy across ASEAN

APHR accuses Bangkok’s military government of demonstrating profound contempt for the rule of law and the dignity and rights of its citizens and calls on Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha to immediately repeal all laws that violate Thailand’s international human rights obligations and hand power back to a fully elected, civilian administration.

From left to right: Kanya Khammoungkhoun, Deputy-Director of ASEAN Political and Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR; U Shwe Maung, Chair of APHR Myanmar Caucus; Mr. Phoukhong Sisoulath, Representative of Lao PDR to AICHR; Charles Santiago, Chair of APHR Malaysia Caucus

Lao government’s deceptive game on Sombath investigation must end

BANGKOK — The Lao government should share all information on the investigation into the abduction of Sombath Somphone with family members and independent parties, ending its deceptive game of hiding…

APHR in the News June 2014

The Nation; 26 June 2014; ‘Asean community will be a failure without regional rights protections’ Asia Sentinel; 26 June 2014; ‘Asean Lawmakers Blast Human Rights Commission’Tweet


ASEAN Community will be a failure without regional rights protections: ASEAN MPs call for independence and strengthened mandate for regional human rights commission

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has failed to bring any discernible improvement to or provide any protection for the basic rights of the people of Southeast Asia since its inception in 2009 and must be radically changed in ways that strengthen its independence and mandate if the ASEAN Community is to have any real meaning or impact, Southeast Asian lawmakers said today.