The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Membership has expanded throughout the years to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. ASEAN aims to accelerate economic growth, promote regional peace, and strengthen relations between Southeast Asian countries. Their motto is "One Vision, One Identity, One Community".
Sara E. Davies, Kimberley Nackers and Sarah Teitt, 'Women, Peace and Security as an ASEAN Priority' in Special Issue of Australian Journal of International Affairs on 'Australia on the UN Security Council: Progressing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda', Vol.68, No.3 (2014).
Noel Morada, ‘The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Gentian Zyberi , ed. An Institutional Approach to Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge: Cambridge University 2013).
Noel M. Morada, 'ASEAN Responses to the Responsibility to Protect: Challenges, Opportunities and Constraints,' in Julia Hoffmann and Andre Nollkaemper, eds. Responsibility To Protect: From Principle to Practice. (Amsterdam: Pallas Publications-Amsterdam University Press, 2012).
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May 2015 – Australia Award Fellowship, round 15: Dr Lourdes Veneracion Rallonza
Program: Toward a Culture of Prevention: Advancing Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN
APR2P has been awarded an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) Australia Awards Grant to host a fellowship program, ‘Toward a Culture of Prevention: Advancing Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN’ at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Twenty-five nominated fellows from the Asia Pacific region have been nominated to participate in the fellowship program. The purpose of this Fellowship program is to deepen the knowledge and skills to advance the implementation of the WPS agenda. A second Australian Award Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Ma. Lourdes Veneración-Rallonza to conduct intensive research to develop policy proposals on strengthening ASEAN mechanisms for the protection of women and girls.
May 2015 – Participation in a Regional Consultation on Civil Society's Inputs to the ASEAN Vision 2025, Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr. Noel Morada and Ms Sarah Teitt, Regional Director and Deputy Director of A R2P respectively, participated in a Regional Consultation on Civil Society's Inputs to the ASEAN Vision 2025. The event, which was facilitated by HRWG-Indonesia, aims to allow ASEAN member states to give their input to the second phase of ASEAN community building to establish an inclusive, open society and resilient community.
October 2014 - Public Seminar on the High Level Advisory Panel‘s (HLAP) report held in Bangkok, Thailand
Topic: Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect: Pathway Towards a Caring ASEAN Community.
On 30 October 2014, APR2P and the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University organized in Bangkok, the first public seminar in the region on the High Level Advisory Panel’s (HLAP) Report, Mainstreaming the Responsibility to Protect: Pathway Towards a Caring ASEAN Community. The public seminar was conducted in Thai and was attended by some 70 participants from academe, government, civil society, media, and officials from the military and police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary General and Chair of the HLAP, was the main speaker in the seminar.
August 2014 – Joint APR2P/DFAT Workshop held in Jakarta, Indonesia
Topic: ASEAN and the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Conflict and Humanitarian Situations
This workshop, hosted by APR2P with the support for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, sought to draw attention to high-level commitments made in the region to eliminate violence against women. The event was attended by 48 leaders from the government sector, nongovernment organizations and international organizations from ASEAN countries. Acting British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste, Rebecca Razavi, delivered the keynote address on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. The report below highlights the key themes discussed at the workshop and recommendations put forward by participants to augment regional efforts to prevent violence against women in conflict and humanitarian situations.
March 2014 – Seminar on Prevention of Atrocity Crimes in the ASEAN region: the Role of Parliamentarians held in Bangkok, Thailand
The United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention (OSAPG) and the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) held a seminar in Bangkok, 27-28 March 2014. The two day meeting discussed the role of parliamentarians in promoting prevention of mass atrocities in Southeast Asia and was attended by fourteen current and former parliamentarians from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand along with specialists from the UN, Rutgers University, and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P).