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ASEAN Community Virtual Summit 2020: Digital Press Conference

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and the number of cases continue to rise, civic space and the standard of human rights in Southeast Asia have deteriorated.

In conjunction with the 36th ASEAN Summit, civil society is carving out a space for themselves to convene, assess the human rights situation in Southeast Asia and amplify their voices on matters of concern to the region.

Along with several partners, FORUM-ASIA is proud to present the ASEAN Community Virtual Summit. A digital press conference will be organised as part of the virtual summit.

Digital Press Conference: Protecting Human Rights and Democracy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

At the press conference, human rights organisations working in the region will present their demands and recommendations to ASEAN on how to place human rights at the center of their response to the pandemic. Panelists will focus on issues around restrictions on civic space and democracy, protection of those in the most vulnerable situations, and the plight of Rohingya refugees. The press conference is open to public.

To register, please click here or email [email protected]

For media inquiries or to set up an interview with any of the panelists, please contact Yi-Lan at [email protected]

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020

Time: 13.00 – 14.00 Jakarta time (GMT +7)


  • Hon. Charles Santiago, Member of Malaysia Parliament, Chair of ASEAN  Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)
  • Lini Zurlia, Advocacy Officer, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
  • Rachel Arinii Judhistari, Programme Manager, FORUM-ASIA
  • Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch

Moderated by Cornelius Hanung, FORUM-ASIA


The ASEAN Community Virtual Summit is jointly organised by FORUM-ASIA, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Human Rights Watch.