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Region and country Archives: Southeast Asia

Singapore: Long overdue decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations between men overshadowed by discriminatory constitutional amendment purporting to “protect” definition of marriage

While long overdue, the welcome incoming repeal of Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code is overshadowed by the proposed constitutional amendment barring judicial review of laws and policies that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. If passed, this amendment will undermine human rights, the separation of powers and the Rule of […]

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Philippines: Judges affirm the need to incorporate gender perspective in adjudication to address inequality and counter gender stereotypes

The Philippine judiciary should continue to work to ensure that the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination are fully integrated into decision-making processes. This was the core message in the series of Judicial Dialogues on Access to Justice for Women conducted by the International Commission of Jurists in partnership with the Supreme Court of the […]

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Myanmar: Military regime’s new “law” aims to further decimate the function of civil society

Myanmar’s de facto military government has promulgated an Organization Registration Law (ORL) which stands to further shackle the functioning of civil society in the country. The Law is plainly non-compliant with international human rights law and standards, imposing serious obstacles to the exercise of freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, expression and information, and the right […]

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Thailand: Officials must drop all ongoing prosecutions under the Emergency Decree

Today, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), along with 23 other international human rights organizations from the region, submitted a letter to the Ambassadors of respective countries with a call that Thai officials must drop all the ongoing prosecutions under the “Emergency Decree” in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, following the end of the declaration […]

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