Women's rights group troubled by ADHR draft

A “public morality” clause in the draft ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights threatens the most basic rights of women and sexual minorities and should be scrapped, a coalition of women’s groups said in a statement released yesterday. Civil society groups met with foreign ministers at the ...

Clinton Says Asean Is Key to US Foreign Policy

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday raised the issue of territorial disputes in the South China Sea with Prime Minister Hun Sen and outlined the strong focus the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is currently placing on the Asean region, officials said. Arriving in ...

China to join ASEAN sea talks

China may not be in ASEAN, but it’s looking more and more like an honorary member – at least where the South China Sea is concerned. ASEAN foreign ministers yesterday took a significant step towards involving the burgeoning superpower in South China Sea discussions, adopting key ...

NGOs feel ignored by ASEAN rights council

Despite renewed criticism from civil society and a call for its drafting to be postponed, finalisation of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) was well under way, officials said yesterday at the beginning of a week of ASEAN meetings. Speaking to reporters after a meeting between ...

City Rounds Up Homeless Before Asean Meeting

Police in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon began rounding up homeless people as part of the city’s preparations for next month’s Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting, officials said. “We collect them because we don’t want them to affect foreign tourists as we prepare for the arrival of the ...

Transparency key to ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Transparency and consultation with civil society will give the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration the status and respect it needs to make a difference in the region, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Friday. The AHRD will be presented to foreign ministers in ...

Donors Asked to Freeze Aid Over NGO Law

Ten international organizations including Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, and Global Witness have urged dozens of foreign ministers to consider freezing aid to Cambodia if the government passes the current draft of its proposed NGO law. In a letter sent Wednesday to 36 foreign ministers ...

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