South East Asia

APRRN’s South East Asia Working Group focuses on issues and activities in the following countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Viet Nam. The Working Group has a particular focus on engaging with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and ASEAN Member States, and as a platform for civil society organisations to develop their capacity to be able to address key issues affecting refugees in the ASEAN region.

Key objectives for the Working Group for 2016 – 2018 include:

Joint Advocacy:

  • Engage with ASEAN through its various bodies to develop a regional protection framework
  • Support CBOs on Thailand-Burma border in advocacy on ‘voluntary’ repatriation
  • Engage with ASEAN governments through direct advocacy
  • Advance regional protection of stateless Rohingya refugees
  • Support & engage in development, implementation & monitoring of UPR recommendations & process for SEA countries

Capacity strengthening:

  • Sensitise local/regional media on refugee issues

Resource / knowledge sharing and outreach:

  • Document forced migration patterns within SEA
  • Develop and document good practices on return & reintegration for Burmese returnee refugees
  • Convene SEAWG members to share good practices & challenges in refugee protection within SEA region

Working Group Chairs:

Chair: Deepa Nambiar (Asylum Access, Malaysia)

Deputy Chair: Gina Yap (Community and Family Services International, Philippines)

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