ASEAN fails to reach common ground on China row

July 13, 2012 10:10 AM PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Southeast Asian diplomats failed to reach common ground Friday on how to deal with a touchy territorial dispute involving China, as a regional conference ended without a joint statement for the first time in the bloc’s 45-year history. The failure to issue a customary statement following…

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US and EU issue joint statement on Asia-Pacific priorities

Press Releases: U.S.-EU Statement on the Asia-Pacific Region 07/12/2012 08:34 AM EDT U.S.-EU Statement on the Asia-Pacific Region Media Note Office of the Spokesperson US Department of State Washington, DC July 12, 2012 Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the European Union on July 12,…

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ASEAN Summit: Make Rights Central Clinton Message

For Immediate Release US Should Use Influence to Leverage Rights in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam (Bangkok, July 10, 2012) – Human rights should be at the heart of messaging from the United States to regional leaders when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the context of the annual Association of…

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Asean opens up after rights pact secrecy outcry

AFP, July 8, 2012 THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) said Sunday it would release “key elements” of a proposed human rights declaration after international rights watchdogs slammed secrecy surrounding the document. The decision was reached after Asean foreign ministers met with members of the bloc’s human rights commission, which is drafting the declaration,…

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Prominent dissident to Secretary Clinton on eve of Vietnam visit: Do not downplay democracy

In an open letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que calls on the US government to promote the democratization of Vietnam. A former prisoner of conscience who remains under house arrest, Dr. Que is well recognized both inside and outside the country. Since 2007, Vietnam’s communist government has waged a brutal crackdown against dissidents, sending over a hundred of…

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Civil society organizations express concerns over drafting process of ASEAN human rights declaration

Open Letter to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration  7 July 2012  To, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brunei Darussalam His Excellency Hor Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cambodia His Excellency Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia His Excellency Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister of…

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An Arab Spring for Southeast Asia?

By Mong Palatino, in The Diplomat July 2, 2012 Malaysia’s electoral reform movement, known as Bersih (clean), succeeded in mobilizing tens of thousands of people in the streets last April. According to organizers, this year’s Bersih was the biggest political rally in the modern history of Malaysia. The government has disputed this claim, but the…

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Civil society organisations meet ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, call for universal standards to be upheld

Press release (Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2012): Representatives of Civil society organisations (CSOs) have today met the AICHR for the first time for a consultation on the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. The organisations have welcomed the Consultation as a positive step in the right direction. They also welcome the constructive and friendly…

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Civil society organisations meet ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, call for universal standards to be upheld

Sunday, 24 June 2012 (Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2012): Representatives of Civil society organisations (CSOs) have today met the AICHR for the first time for a consultation on the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. The organisations have welcomed the Consultation as a positive step in the right direction. They also welcome the constructive…

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Human rights organizations express concern over ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Less than Adequate AICHR Formal Consultation with Civil Society on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration June 21, 2012 Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Dignity International, and Article 19 welcome the first official consultation between ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and civil…

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