We reproduce below two articles from Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, written in Helsinki (Finland) at the AEPF meeting. A third article can be found in the Philippines "Human Rights" section: Finnish exec raps Arroyo rights record

 

OPENING SPEECH OF CHARLES SANTIAGO
Member of Parliament, Democratic Action Party. Malaysia
Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN, Malaysia)

October 13, 2008

Beijing, China

Chairperson
His Excellency Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China
Honorable Heidi Hautala, Member of Parliament, Finland
Members of the IOC and NOC
Friends

I bring you greetings of peace and solidarity from the civil society in Malaysia.

It is ten years since many of us met in London in one of the earliest Asia Europe People’s Forums. Our solemn mood then was shaped very much by the fall-out of what was called the Asian economic crisis. In that context, one economy after another – Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines – went belly-up. And the once-praised developmental model fell into disrepute.

Human right violations from human trafficking to political murders continue in the ASEM countries.

At the first ASEM, held in Bangkok in 1996, member governments claimed their support for international human rights treaties. But with ASEM now marking its tenth anniversary, the reality remains that child labour, the denial of free speech and limitations on the freedom of assembly are everyday practices in many ASEM countries.

The daily human rights violations committed by the Burmese military junta are among the worst examples of the abuse of human rights, but they are far from the only ones.

 

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