2009 Fellowship: The Challenge for Human Rights under the new ASEAN Charter

fc2009The ASEAN Charter was adopted at the 13th ASEAN Summit in November 2007 and came into force in December with a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers in Jakarta.

Beyond rules of membership and ASEAN’s vision for single free trade area by 2015, the ASEAN Charter affirms that among others, one of ASEAN’s purposes is “to strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms…”

Article 14 of the ASEAN Charter goes as far as to commit that “ASEAN shall establish an ASEAN human rights body.” Given such developments and continuing concerns, the SEAPA Journalism Fellowship 2009 provided the platform for journalists to explore challenges for democracy and human rights in the region.

The 2009 Fellows

2009sirilukSiriluk Sriprasit, a Thai, lectures on subject of ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Advanced Reporting’ at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, majoring in journalism from Chiang Mai University in 2006. Later in 2009, she won a Rockefeller Foundation’s Scholarship to study in the Master’s program in Southeast Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University. From 2005 – 2009, She worked at an online news magazine called Local Talk of Prachadhrama News Net as a journalist and editor. She won a fellowship from Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) in 2009 to attend a-month-journalism training course and to cover news about informal labor sector/home-based labor in East Java, Indonesia. Siriluk also won a scholarship from EarthRights International Mekong Program to study environmental and human rights issues for six months in mid 2009. Siriluk has long been interested in social, political, media, and environmental issues concerning Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.

Article: Labouring in the Shadows

2009waimoeWaihttps://www.seapa.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=5837&action=edit Moe, a Burmese journalist, has worked for The Irrawaddy Publication Group, a Chiang-Mai based online Burmese News, since December 2003. He covered mainly about Burma news. He was a former student activist, got 5-year imprisonment for his involvement in political publications in the 1990s in Burma.

Article: Trafficked at the Border

Ung Chamroeum worked for six years at the French newspaper Cambodge Soir before transferring to the Phnom Penh Post newspaper. He still contributes from time to time to Cambodge Soir and also does occasional work for Radio French International (RFI).

Article: Thinking of EU

Masduki has worked as a full-time reporter and a talk-show host of Unisi 104.5 FM Radio Station in Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 1997. He is also a radio trainer and an alternative media development consultant for some local NGOs based in Central Java, Indonesia.

Article: Southern Discomfort

Leila Salaverria is a reporter for one of Manila’s leading newspapers, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Article: The New Boat People

Chit Oo is the pseudonym of a Burmese freelance journalist.

Article: Children Without Country

Nwey Kay Khine is the executive editor for Living Color Media based in Rangoon.

Article: Survival Manual for MigrantsWorkers Without Rights

Le Thu Luong is an editor at the VietNamNet online newspaper.

Article: Blocked by ‘Non-intervention’