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Civil society groups call for broad-based ASEAN integration

Participants in the regional conference on Civil Society Engagement in the ASEAN held in Bangkok affirmed their support for the vision of an ASEAN community by 2020 founded on security, economic and socio-cultural development.

They also called on ASEAN governments to be more open to civil society organizations in addressing urgent human rights and development issues persisting within the region. These issues cover areas such as globalization and free trade, poverty, environment, labor, migration, human trafficking, agriculture, sustainable development, rights to expression and organization, among others.

The conference delegates reiterated the need for a transparent, accountable, and pro-people process of building an ASEAN community. They urged ASEAN governments to institutionalize mechanisms for civil society organizations’ involvement in decision-making processes in the ASEAN.

The regional conference was organized by South East Asian Committee for Advocacy (SEACA), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Partnership for Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA), and Sustainability Watch-Asia. It was held from 03 to 05 October 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the regional conference full statement, click here: