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ASEAN Community Virtual Summit 2020: Town Hall Meeting

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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 town hall meeting will be organised  as part of the virtual summit.


Town Hall Meeting: ASEAN Member States’ Accountability on Human Rights During and Post COVID-19

Be a part of a dialogue with civil society organisation members, human rights defenders and representatives from various groups as they discuss and convey concerns on fundamental freedoms to Southeast Asian legislators.

Please click here to RSVP or email [email protected]

Date: Thursday. 25 June 2020

Time: 10.00 – 13.00 Jakarta time (GMT +7)


  • Charles Santiago, Parliament Member, Malaysia
  • Sarah Elago, Parliament Member, the Philippines
  • Rachel Arinii, FORUM-ASIA
  • Ryan Silverio, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
  • Lilianne Fan, APRRN
  • Sopheap Chak, Cambodia Centre on Human Rights
  • Yuyun Wahyuningrum, AICHR Indonesia

Moderated by Joel Barredo, SHAPE-SEA


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), the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA).