The Asia Pacific region is home to multi-ethnic societies with rich and diverse civilizations, political culture, and history. The Asia Pacific Working Group translates GAAMAC’s vision into regional, culturally-relevant support to national atrocity prevention mechanisms and policies. It raises awareness and builds knowledge on prevention mechanisms, with an emphasis on hate speech, incitement and discrimination as lead risk factors to the commission of mass atrocities.
- In 2020, a series of case studies were initiated on hate speech and incitement against the Rohingya population in Myanmar, ethnic minorities in India, and the Bangsamoro population in the Philippines. The research continued in 2021 in three more countries – Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh – and, in the wake of Covid-19, researches also documented how the global pandemic influenced dynamics of discrimination and hate speech.
- In November 2021, this research was compiled in the peer-reviewed report Preventing Hate Speech, Incitement, and Discrimination: Lessons on Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity in the Asia Pacific and presented at GAAMAC’s fourth Global Meeting.
- Listen to Dr Cecilia Jacob, editor of the report, presenting its main findings
In 2022, the Asia Pacific Working Group plans the following activities:
- Between 2021 and 2022, the Asia Pacific Working Group shared the findings of its case studies in targeted regional workshops for civil society organizations and academic participants.
- A series of workshops is planned to take place virtually and in-person (in Jakarta and Bangkok) to present the findings of the report.
Members of the Asia Pacific Working Group
- Asia Justice and Rights
- Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- Centre for Strategic and International Studies
- Global Justice Center
- Australian National University
- Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum*
- Human Rights Alert
- State University of Jakarta
- Fortify Rights Burma
- Initiatives for International Dialogue
*Member of GAAMAC’s Steering Group
The Asia Pacific Working Group also includes members who serve in their individual capacity:
- Ruji Auethavornpipat, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Thailand)
- Marc Batac, Programmes Manager at Initiatives for International Dialogue (Philippines)
- Dr Bhanubhatra Kaan Jittiang, Director of MAIDS-GRID and Lecturer in International Relations Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
- Mujeeb Kanth, Doctoral Candidate South Asian University (India)
- Naureen Rahim, PhD Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (Bangladesh)
- Alif Satria, Researcher Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia)
- Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (Indonesia)
- Salma Yusuf, Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court (Sri Lanka)
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Any state, non-government organization and academic institution involved in atrocity prevention is eligible to become a partner.
Dr Cecilia Jacob
Dr Cecilia Jacob is a Fellow at the Australian National University. Her work focuses on civilian protection, mass atrocity prevention, and international human protection norms. Dr Jacob’s published books include Child Security in Asia: The Impact of Armed Conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar (Routledge, 2014), Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2016) and Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: A Future Agenda (co-edited, Routledge, 2019). She is co-Editor in Chief of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect. Prior to completing her PhD, Dr Jacob worked for NGOs in France, Thailand and Cambodia, and for the Advisory Group for the Australian government’s aid program.
Dr Noel Morada
Dr Noel M. Morada is former Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. In 2005, he was commissioned by the Canadian Embassy in Manila to undertake research on responses to R2P in Southeast Asia from which a R2P Roadmap in the region was published and has served as a guide to the work of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He has developed a template for R2P plan of action in directing the Philippines programme of the Centre and has conducted lectures and seminars on R2P for government officials, civil society groups, and academia in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Dr Morada is also involved in regional security research.
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