This week November 18, 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of state adopted the first ever ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). To the grave disappointment of representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) peoples through out the region, the declaration did not include protections for this highly vulnerable group.
A women's rights group held a protest action outside the Department of Foreign Affairs offices on Friday to push for revisions in the draft of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Human Rights Declaration. Philwomen on ASEAN's Jelen Paclarin said her group wished to have issues such as violence against women, sexual health and rights and human rights cooperation incorporated in the declaration, to include action plans on how to address them. >>>