Civil society has responded to the sedition arrests with strong calls to abolish the Sedition Act and announced the formation of Gerak Hapuskan Akta Hasutan (GHAH), write Prema Devaraj and Chris Chong.
COPENHAGEN, Dec 19 (IPS) – The climate change summit proved to be a “spectacular failure even according to its own terms,” but civil society had “some successes,” such as the inclusion of certain issues on the climate agenda, and making the voice of the South heard loud and clear.
Civil society groups also came up with a final statement in which they rejected“purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solutions,” such as “nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mechanisms, biochar, genetically ‘climate-readied’ crops, geoengineering, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).”
The organisers of an Asean People’s Forum have expressed deep disappointment that nearly all civil society representative selected for a meeting with Asean government leaders were either rejected or barred from speaking. This action has sabotaged the credibility of the Asean Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights, which was being inaugurated.
Asean needs to change its mindset and perceive civil society as a partner in all its processes, especially in the drafting of the association’s Framework Instrument on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers, said a regional human rights group, the Task Force on Asean Migrant Workers, during the Second Asean Forum on Migrant Labour, hosted by the Thailand Labour Ministry and the Asean secretariat in Bangkok.