Elected representatives and political leaders must fear having to deal with an independent oversight body scrutinising their assets and liabilities. It’s a sure give-away if they have ‘nothing to fear’, writes Francis Loh.
At the end of a landmark conference on gender justice, a declaration calling for a comprehensive policy and action plan on gender was presented to the Penang Chief Minister.
Migrant rights activists from the region have noted a number of important shortcomings in the Asean Declaration which they hope the regional body will remedy during the drafting of an Instrument to implement the Declaration. They are calling on Asean to give importance to the mainstreaming of gender-responsive, rights based policies in both the Asean Declaration and national government policies.
Feeling more empowered than ever before after the shock opposition win in Penang, civil society activists and other concerned individuals came together to discuss and agree on key areas of concern and proposals for submission to the state government. Anil Netto reports on the historic Penang Forum.
As an Asean labour ministers meeting gets underway in Thailand, a civil society Task Force on Asean Migrant Workers is urging the regional grouping to formally launch a committee to implement the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.