Media Advisory- Press Conference: ASEAN Summit, Human Rights and COVID-19

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Protecting Human Rights and Democracy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speakers

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Cornelius Hanung
Human Rights Defender
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Racehl Arinii Judhistari
Gender, Youth Empowerment, Human Rights & Govt partnership Specialist
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Hon. Charles Santiago
APHR Chairperson
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Lini Zurlia
Advocacy Officer
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Phil Robertson
Deputy Director

Start

June 26, 2020

End

June 26, 2020

Address

Online Event   View map

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed major weaknesses in ASEAN’s capacity to respond to a global pandemic. ASEAN failed to take measures to protect those in the most vulnerable situations and to prevent a surge in restrictions on freedom of expression and in hateful rhetoric against marginalized groups. Despite the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN’s principle of non-interference remained a major obstacle to effectively address human rights violations.

At the press conference human rights organizations working in the region will present their demands and recommendations to ASEAN on how to place human rights at the center of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will focus on issues around restrictions on civic space and democracy, protection of those in most vulnerable situations, and the situation of Rohingya refugees at sea.

Speakers;

  • MP Charles Santiago (MP Malaysia)
  • Lini Zurlia (ASEAN SOGIE Caucus)
  • Phil Robertson (Human Rights Watch)
  • Rachel Arinii Judhistari (FORUM-ASIA)

Moderator:

  • Cornelius Hanung (FORUM-ASIA)
  • Collaborating Organisations:
  • FORUM-ASIA, APHR, CSIS, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus,HRW.