Category : Documents

Politics and Religions in Southeast Asia

Source: Going to be appointed Supreme Patriarch? 90-year-old abbot Somdet Chuang Partyforumseasia: The Asian Values – Debate of the 1990s is history. It was centered on traditional values like close knit families, group cohesion over individualism, filial piety, and last but not least respect for the authority of political leaders. Religion was not in the […]

What is the strategic value of ASEAN and the ASEAN Regional Forum?

By Paul Dibb, SINCE ASEAN’S CREATION in 1967, it has contributed enormously to regional stability and prosperity. It consists of 10 countries whose populations total over 600 million people. And its economy ranks collectively as the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. In 1994, ASEAN also created another regional organisation […]

ASEAN MPs: Action must follow Sunnylands commitments


Source: JAKARTA, 18 February 2016 – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today called on ASEAN leaders to make good on commitments included in the Sunnylands Declaration, which was unveiled at the end of this week’s US-ASEAN Summit in California. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) specifically noted commitments to strengthen democracy, promote and protect human rights, […]

Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit.  This Special U.S.-ASEAN […]

Is It Time for a Peacekeeping Force for ASEAN?


February 3, 2016 By Victor Bernard Source: This decade marks a radical shift in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states’ attitudes toward its role in the region. The idea of an ASEAN regional peacekeeping cooperation was first raised in 1994, but never gained traction among member states. The perception was that […]

Cambodia, Singapore ratify ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons


By: January 26, 2016 9:46 AM The online news portal of TV5 MANILA – Cambodia and Singapore have deposited their respective instruments of ratification for the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, it was learned. ACTIP, which was signed by the ASEAN Leaders at […]

Civil Society Groups Condemn Arrest and Detention of the Boeung Kak Lake Seven

November 12, 2014 – We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the arrest, detention, and conviction of the seven Boeung Kak Lake community representatives following protests outside Phnom Penh City Hall on the morning of November 10, 2014.  On Monday, seven representatives from Boeung Kak Lake community were arrested after protesting in front of city […]