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Webinar: Seeing the Invisible and Forgotten Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

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Impact on Conflict-Affected, Displaced and Marginalised Communities, and on the Conflict Dynamics in the ASEAN

Co-organised by FORUM-ASIA, Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Time: 2 – 4pm (GMT +7)

Date: 15 May 2020

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A link to the webinar will be emailed to registered participants ahead of the discussion.


Moderated by Gus Miclat and Marc Batac, from the Initiatives for International Dialogue and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)-Southeast Asia

This session is concerned with communities where (direct and structural) violence and political instability are present; where this global health challenge intersects with wars or volatile political conditions such as weak institutions, communal tensions, and lack of trust in political leaders; and where marginalisation of ethnic minorities, indigenous populations and other invisible groups such as refugees, undocumented migrants, stateless and displaced peoples may make them more vulnerable to the impact of the outbreak, and possibly exacerbating existing conflicts and insecurity or giving rise to new ones.

This session aims to discuss and answer the following questions:

  1. How are governments and/or ASEAN responding to the pandemic? Are the needs of conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized communities considered in the government/ASEAN responses and programs to the pandemic, and how/how not?

  2. What is the impact of the pandemic on conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized, and the response of community actors?
    – What are the needs and concerns that conflict-affected and vulnerable communities have expressed?
    – What are examples of communities demonstrating resilience and exercising positive peace? What are examples of inclusive and conflict-sensitive crisis response by governments and CSOs?
    – How will this pandemic affect existing peace processes and violent conflicts?

  3. What are the most critical tasks/roles for peacebuilders and human rights defenders working with conflict-affected, displaced and marginalized communities at this time?

This webinar is the last in a six-part webinar series on the Status of Human Rights in the time of COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia.