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The 4th Southeast Asia Legal Advocacy Training Bangkok


The 4th Southeast Asia Legal Advocacy Training
Bangkok, 16-18 May 2013

Following the success of three previous Southeast Asia Legal Advocacy Trainings, which were held in Bali, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines; respectively, we are opening the registration for the 4rd training which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 16-18 May 2013. The Fourth Regional Training will be organized in cooperation with the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), in Bangkok, 16-18 May 2013.

Summary executions, migration, enforced disappearance, forced eviction, repression of freedom of expression, association and assembly, religious intolerance and discrimination based on religion, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; land grabbing, forced eviction, destructive logging or mining are several of the human rights challenges that have perpetuated in the Southeast Asia Region.

Since the signing of the ASEAN Charter in 2007, the member countries of ASEAN have pledged their commitment to adhere to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Charter also led to the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), and the ASEAN Committee to Implement the Declaration on the Protection of the rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW).

The latest development of human rights in ASEAN is under the spotlight due to the newly adopted ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), a document which will serve as the basis for the establishment of a framework for human rights cooperation among the ASEAN State Members. The lack of transparency and engagement with civil society has its share in blistering the concerns from inside and outside the region. Although the ASEAN’s Human Rights System is still in its infancy; however, there are plenty of opportunities to develop ideal standards.

A crucial missing component in the current advocacy efforts targeting the ASEAN human rights system is a strong cadre of lawyers with the necessary legal advocacy skills to help bolster the system. Given their legal expertise, notably in defending human rights cases, lawyers are especially needed in the human rights advocacy of human rights in ASEAN.

To initiate a network of lawyers with the necessary legal advocacy skills to engage with the regional human rights system, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) are holding the “Southeast Asia Legal Advocacy Training”. The training aims at expanding the knowledge of participants’ legal skills that can be used together with other civil society leaders to influence the development of AICHR and other ASEAN human rights bodies and reinforce their work on human rights issues at the national level.

The Fourth Regional Training will be organized in cooperation with the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), in Bangkok, 16-18 May 2013. We will cover the travel and accommodation costs for enlisted participants. We are opening registration for 20-25 participants from ASEAN countries. If you are interested in applying, please fill the registration form and submit it back to us before or by 12 April 2013. Women lawyers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Enclosed with this invitation is the Concept Note of the training. Shall you have any further inquiries, please contact us:
Muhamad Isnur (muhamad.isnur@gmail.com)
Jane Aileen Tedjaseputra (janeaileent@gmail.com).