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[Call for Applications] ASEAN Human Rights Advocacy Academy

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is delighted to announce the call for applications for the 2024 ASEAN Human Rights Advocacy Academy. The Academy is a capacity building platform for youth activists in Southeast Asia to gauge a strong understanding and skills to engage with the ASEAN Human Rights mechanism.

Since 2005, FORUM-ASIA has been actively engaged in the development and strengthening of the ASEAN human rights mechanisms. Against the backdrop of a global shrinking civic-space due to the rise of authoritarianism and a lack of capacities for civil society to meaningfully engage and influence law and policy making spaces, the Academy aims to bolster regional civil society participation and capacity to influence the regional human rights mechanisms to strengthen its human rights protection and promotion mandate. 

The Academy will be held in-person for a total of five days (including travel days) in one of the Southeast Asian countries. It will consist of a series of knowledge sharing sessions and skills development workshops and field visits to engage with relevant stakeholders. 

By taking part in this competitive programme, you will engage in dynamic discussions on emerging issues that call for regional solidarity and be equipped with the essential tools to navigate the intricate landscape of conducting advocacy at the regional level. 

Join us to hone your expertise, expand your knowledge, skills and forge lasting connections with like-minded youth activists across Southeast Asia. Apply now to make a tangible impact in advancing human rights in Southeast Asia. 


The Academy, which will take place in the last week of May 2024 in one of the Southeast Asia countries (details will be shared upon announcement of successful application). Participants will be engaged in knowledge sharing and interactive group work involving the ASEAN and UN human rights mechanisms. They will meet with AICHR representatives, diplomatic missions, experts, and relevant regional stakeholders and gain firsthand insights into the workings of ASEAN and its human rights mechanisms. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Youths of Southeast Asian nationality within the age of 18-35 who are in their early and mid-level stages of work or activism in human rights, peace and democracy. Those based in Southeast Asia will be prioritized. 
  • All Southeast Asian individuals are eligible to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, color, SOGIESC, religion, disability, etc. 
  • Application from FORUM-ASIA’s Southeast Asia member organizations will be welcomed 
  • Prior knowledge or experience in engaging with regional or international human rights mechanisms is a plus. Those without prior knowledge or experience are also welcome to apply. 


Interested applicants must complete this application form by midnight of 18 April 2024 (BKK time). Late applications will not be considered. 

For inquiry regarding this program, contact [email protected]