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Brunei Groups Ban Rights Activist At ASEAN Forum

An outspoken Indonesian human rights advocate was banned from addressing fellow delegates to the Asean Civil Society Conference—also called the Asean People’s Forum—in Brunei Darussalam.\n

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10th April 2013 04:44

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Ironically, it was not the Brunei Darussalam government that prohibited Jakarta-based Yuyun Wahyuningrum but the national organizing committee (NOC) which is also composed of civil-society organizations based in Brunei Darussalam.

“This is self-censorship,” Wahyuningrum lamented.

She was supposed to speak about Asean’s vision on human rights on April 6. Before this, Wahyuningrum, who works for the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), was told that she will not be allowed to address the plenary.

“We have been seen that during our Forums since 2005, Governemnt continue to disrupt and intervene civil society’s conference on Asean. We witnessed this in 2007 in Singapore, 2010 in Vietnam and in 2012 in Cambodia,” Wahyuningrum told NewsDesk.

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