July 2015 Issue

THIS MONTH @APRRN

Regional Activities

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Of Interest

APRRN Statements

Regional Activities

APRRN Protection at Sea

Find out about APRRN’s advocacy work in light of the recent situation in the Bay of Bengal where thousands of Bangladeshi migrants and ethnic Ronghya from Myanmar stranded at sea: including details of APRRN’s actions to date, recent media and information about our online resources.

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Retreat on Resolving Statelessness (June 15 &16 Bangkok, Thailand)

IMG_4318APRRN, UNHCR and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) at Mahidol University recently co-hosted a two-day civil society retreat on ‘Resolving Statelessness in Asia and the Pacific,’ held at Mahidol University’s Salaya campus in Thailand. It drew over 40 participants representing non-governmental organisations and academia as well as individual experts working on statelessness, from 17 countries in the region and beyond.

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ASEAN Peoples Forum (April 12- 14 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

MICH newsletterThis year APRRN organised a workshop on ‘Forced Migration and Gender’ – speakers included Julia Mayerhofer (APRRN), Aegile Fernandez (Tenaganita), Pranom Somwong (APWLD) and a representative from the Chin refugee community in Kuala Lumpur. Moderated by Rachel Fleming from the Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), the workshop provided a venue for civil society to discuss and learn about forced migration situations throughout the region and consider the specific challenges faced by women and girls. It further provided the opportunity to share ideas and develop recommendations for ways in which civil society, ASEAN member states, governments and other stakeholders can collaborate to increase protection spaces for refugees, in particular for women and girls.

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Nansen Initiative: Regional Consultation on “Climate Change, Disasters & Human Mobility in South Asia & the Indian Ocean” (April 3 – 5 Khulna, Bangladesh)

2The overall goal of the Nansen Initiative is to build consensus on key principles and elements regarding the protection of people displaced across international borders in the context of disasters, including those linked to the effects of climate change. The expected outcome is a Protection Agenda that will present a comprehensive approach to protection and the assistance needs of people displaced across borders in the context of disasters.

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ICVA General Assemble (March 10 Geneva, Switzerland)

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As a member of International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), APRRN was invited to the Annual Conference on the Principles of Partnership, and the General Assembly at which APRRN Executive Director Anoop Sukumaran was elected as an ICVA board member.

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SAPA Task Force Workshop on ASEAN and Human Rights, and the Working Group on ASEAN (May 27 & 28 Bangkok, Thailand)

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APRRN attended the Solidarity for Asian Peoples’ Advocacies (SAPA) Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights workshop, and the Working Group on ASEAN. At which an annual performance assessment of the AICHR and ACWC in 2014 was conducted, as well as an assessment of CSO’s proposal to ASEAN Community’s Post 2015 Agendas on Human Rights. The report of the meeting is currently being finalised.

The workshop also released a statement on the eve of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration organised by Thailand. The meeting was hosted by the Thai Foreign Ministry and attended by 16 other countries and three United Nations agencies. The statement expressed hope that the meeting would address the protection needs of people found adrift in the Andaman Sea and recognise that this has been an ongoing long-term problem and pave the way for viable durable solutions.

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Of Interest

PPR Nepal: Training for Lawyers on International Refugee Law and Strategic Litigation

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Forum for Protecting Peoples Rights Nepal (PPR) successfully conducted a two days training for lawyers on International Refugee Law and Strategic Litigation. The training was held on March 13-14 in Kathmandu, in support of US Embassy of Kathmandu Nepal. A full summary report on the Training is available below.

Read the full PPR Report here…

Launch of Refugee Rights Network Pakistan (RRN)

Refugee Rights Network Pakistan (RRN) was launched on June 12, with the official ceremony held at the Islamabad.

RRN-Pakistan is a network of national NGOs striving for the protection of the rights of refugees, puts forth its strong reservations on the way government of Pakistan is handling the refugee situation.

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IINHURED International Earthquake Displacement Protection Pledge

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(Bhaktapur,Nepal: Photo Michelle Ferns 2010)

INHURED International urges the government of Nepal, in its response to the current situation which has arisen after the earthquake, to ensure that in all rescue, evacuation, repair and reconstruction processes, the survivors’ fundamental human rights are ensured in accordance with the constitution, IDPs Guiding Principles-1998, international human rights law and humanitarian principles relating to disasters.

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A Day in the Life of…

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The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) interviewed our very own Helen Brunt, (Programme Officer, Bangkok). In the interview, Helen shares an insightful perspective on her work on statelessness, starting with her first experiences working with stateless communities during her time in eastern Malaysian Borneo, and also describes some of the Networks thematic work on statelessness. The article featured in the ISI Statelessness Monthly Bulletin earlier this May 2015.

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World Refugee Day 2015

World Refugee Day held on June 20, is an annual commemoration to raise awareness about refugee issues and to celebrate the strength and resilience of the refugee communities throughout the world. Find out about on some of the events held by APRRN members this #WRD2015.

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Welcome to New Members

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APRRN now represents over 240 organisations and individuals across Asia and the Pacific. We would like to warmly welcome our newest members who have joined APRRN over the past months.

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Recent APRRN Statements

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