APHR's new podcast channel discusses the most important human rights developments across Southeast Asia.
Restricting Diversity Episode 3: How Blasphemy Laws Are Used To Suppress Dissent in Myanmar and Indonesia
In the third and final episode of APHR’s latest podcast series, Restricting Diversity, Kyaw Min San, an APHR member from Myanmar, introduces us to the world of Blasphemy Laws and some of the experts who are advocating for reforms that bring clarity to laws and policies and protect the most vulnerable.
This episode features guests from Myanmar and Indonesia with extensive backgrounds working to understand how Blasphemy Laws undermine freedom of religion and belief. Religious minorities and vulnerable groups become targets when laws fail to protect them and their rights.
APHR welcomes the following guests: Seng, an independent consultant and board member of the South Asia Association of Freedom and Belief Network, and Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir Abidin Bagir, who teaches at the University Gadjah Mada and is the Director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies.
Restricting Diversity Episode 2: The State of Women's Rights in Malaysia and the Philipppines
In the second episode of APHR’s latest podcast series, Restricting Diversity, Luluk Nur Hamidah, a Member of Parliament from Indonesia and an APHR member, introduces us to experts working on women’s rights and how State laws in Malaysia and the Philippines attempt to suppress their fundamental freedoms.
They will address how their communities are impacted by child marriage, anti-abortion laws and divorce and how women are affected when governments attempt to make decisions about their bodily autonomy.
Expertise and experience are shared by Fara Rom of the For Youth Initiative Kuala Lumpur, Rozana Isa, Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, and Cong Emmi De Jesus, a former member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines.
Restricting Diversity Episode 1: The state of religious minority rights in Myanmar and Vietnam
For the first episode in APHR’s latest podcast series called, Restricting Diversity, Isabel Maria Ximenes, a Member of Parliament from Timor Leste and APHR’s member, introduces us to activists and experts from Myanmar and Vietnam on how issues concerning freedom of religion or belief affect the daily lives of minorities, and what is being done to curb dissent.
With the participation of Kyaw Win, founder and Executive Director of Burma Human Rights Network, a Rohingya activist, Rebecca Dang, a minority rights activist, and Dr. Thang D. Nguyen, CEO and president of Boat People SOS.
ADVOCATE SPECIAL: Elections in the Philippines 2022
Ahead of the historic Philippine elections of 9 May 2022, Veronica Pedrosa interviews Etta Rosales, former Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines, and Luie Guia, former election commissioner. Also with the participation of Walden Bello, vice-presidential candidate, APHR Board Member and former congressman; Gemma Mendoza, journalist at Rappler; and Patricio 'Jojo' Abinales, professor at the University of Hawaii.
Celebrating Progress: Episode 4 - The kids are alright
For the final episode in this series, we take a look at the rise in youth-led movements across the region, including Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia.
Celebrating Progress: Episode 3 - Marriage Equality
In recent years, Vietnam has made some progress on the issue of marriage equality. What does the campaign there mean for efforts elsewhere in the region, notably Thailand?