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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EXECUTIVE COURSE ON FEMINISM - MARCH 2021

The SocDem Asia Academy of Progressive Politics (SocDem APP) is holding its first online Executive Course this March 2021, and it will be on Feminism.

For the whole month of March, the executive course will aid policy advisors, political educators, and advocates in (1) Understanding key concepts on Feminist analysis, critique, vision, and political struggles; (2) Learning ways on how to integrate feminist practice in constructing ideal societies and in leading and managing organizations; (3) Exchanging with peers and experts practical and innovative tools in feminist education and advocacy.

The course will both have synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions. Participants will be given access to educational videos and handouts, as well as attend one live webinar on 12 March 2021 to interact with feminist leaders. Participants completing the course at the end of March will earn a certificate from SocDem Asia partner institutions.

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OPEN STATEMENT REGARDING THE COUP, ARBITRARY ARRESTS AND DETENTIONS BY THE MILITARY IN MYANMAR

15 February 2021

We, the undersigned, former Representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), are gravely concerned over the coup staged by the Myanmar military on 1 February 2021 against the elected civilian government. Raids have been carried out by the military against members of the government. According to credible news sources, hundreds of senior NLD party and government officials including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and Union Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor and former Representative of Myanmar to the AICHR, Kyaw Tint Swe, as well as protesters have been arrested and detained.

The removal and takeover of the civilian government that was elected in a landslide victory by the people of Myanmar is contrary to the principles of democracy and constitutional government, rule of law, good governance, and respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the ASEAN Charter. Myanmar, as a member of ASEAN, is obliged to abide by the Charter.

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SocDem Asia Statement on the Military coup in Myanmar

The Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia), the network of social democratic and progressive political parties in Asia condemns the military coup in Myanmar. This is a brazen attack on the people’s will. We call for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all civilian political leaders that have been detained by the military.

We reiterate our solidarity with the people of Myanmar and our support for the democratic process in Myanmar. The people of Myanmar have already spoken last November 8 and have given their overwhelming support for civilian rule and the continuation of the process of democratization. The leaders of the military coup must respect the popular will.

We also urge fellow progressives and democrats across the region to condemn this military coup and call for the restoration of civilian rule. We must understand that this and similar efforts to supplant democracy with authoritarianism anywhere in the region threatens our own countries’ movements for democracy and emboldens our own authoritarians.