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WEBINAR: Human rights and democratic regression in Asia

Three experts on human rights and civil society discuss the situation in two countries which have seen recent democratic regression, Thailand and Myanmar, as well as the use of forced disappearances.

INTRODUCTION: Questions and challenges for civil society and human rights in Asia

  • Dr Anthony J. Spires,

As elsewhere, many societies in Asia have recently witnessed the rapid rise of populists and democratic regression.

Understanding why, when and how Australia promotes human rights in Asia

  • Melissa Conley Tyler,

In pursuing its foreign policy, Australia has to balance various interests in human rights, security and prosperity.

The many challenges of fighting against enforced disappearances in Asia

  • Professor Tae-Ung Baik,

Many Asian countries still do not understand the nature of enforced disappearance, and often believe the issue is not relevant in their countries.

Transnational civil society in Asia

WEBINAR: Transnational interactions among civil society actors in Asia are helping to strengthen common democratic values.