This year’s ACSC/APF, the largest gathering since its inception in 2005, and its theme “Advancing ASEAN People’s Solidarity Toward Sustainable Peace, Development, Justice and Democratization” have a special meaning not just for the peoples of ASEAN, but more importantly to the people of Burma/Myanmar. After years and decades of struggle for genuine peace and democracy, the ACSC/APF being held in Burma is a concrete expression of the mounting calls for and the deepening accomplishments of the struggle for more and wider spaces for freedom of expression and people’s participation, and ultimately, for sustainable peace, development, justice and democratization.
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Solidarity Statement of FBC-P and APSOC for the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2014
Today marks the third year since the Syrian civil war, tagged as the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. Today, we join the chorus of voices from all over the globe for a loud and united call upon world leaders to not let another year be lost to further bloodshed.
A Call for Women’s Solidarity on the 103rd International Women’s Day: Making Women’s Rights & Meaningful Participation in Burma (Myanmar) and in ASEAN a Reality
This year’s International Women’s Day has a special meaning not only for the women across Southeast Asia, but most especially for the women of Burma who have long suffered from massive political exclusion and discrimination. They continue to be deprived of their participation in democracy building processes such as in peace and treaty negotiations, constitution building and so-called reform processes, and participation in important international/regional fora such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
We, the Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC), together with movements and organizations in the region, call on the Association of the South East Asian (ASEAN) to end its silence on the humanitarian crisis happening within its own backyard and to add its voice to the mounting calls for the Cambodian government’s immediate stop to its brutal repression against its people.
Filipino solidarity activists call for inclusion of genuine peace and democratization in Burma in PH-MYA bilateral talks
One hundred (100) solidarity activists belonging to the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBCP) today held a symbolic action in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to press for Burmese people’s demands in the second day of Burmese President Thein Sein’s visit to the Philippines. An open letter addressed to President Thein Sein and President Benigno Aquino III was handed over to the representatives of the DFA, to urge the two ASEAN leaders to include in their ongoing bilateral agenda the urgent need to uphold and advance Burma’s (Myanmar) transition to real peace and democracy now.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.