Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF, my husband, Sombath Somphone, as the Co-Chair of the National Organizing Committee, gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane, Laos. He was at the time both happy and excited that after months of intensive preparation, the AEPF9 was officially declared open by no less than Laos’ Deputy Prime Minister. More than 1,000 people representing civil society groups and organizations from across Asia and Europe participated. As a Lao, Sombath was proud that his country could play host to such a major civil society forum.
A call to social movements, frontline communities and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs, academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe:
Join the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum, “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe: Building States of Citizens for Citizens”
Milan, Italy, 10-12 October 2014
The Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) will hold its 10th biennial People’s Forum on 10-12 October 2014 under the title “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe - Building States of Citizens for Citizens”.
Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacies (SAPA) Working Group on ASEAN calls on ASEAN to uphold human rights and investigate cases of enforced disappearances September 5, 2014
August 30 marked the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. In solidarity with the victims and families of those who have been disappeared, the SAPA Working Group on ASEAN urges ASEAN governments to bring an immediate end to enforced disappearances and ensure justice for the victims and their families.
Manila, 30 June 2014 -- A religious community in the Philippines is taking on the issue of enforced disappearances in Asia and initiating a campaign in collaboration with Focus on the Global South.The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines' Office of Women and Gender Concerns, together with Focus, launched 'Let Us Not Forget' campaign through a solidarity mass at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on June 30.
After declaring martial law on Tuesday, May 20, the Thai military announced a full-fledged coup two days later. The putsch followed seven months of massive street protests against the ruling Pheu Thai government identified with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The power grab by army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha came two weeks after Thaksin's sister, Yingluck, was ousted as caretaker prime minister by the country's Constitutional Court for "abuse of power" on May 7.