Resist the Neoliberal ASEAN Integration, Build a Genuine People-Centred Regionalism
As the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) holds 28th and 29th summit concurrently with the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Vientiane, Laos from 3-8 September 2016, civil society across Asia Pacific calls attention to the intensifying neoliberal agenda in the region as it seeks integration in the economic, political security, and socio-cultural spheres.
APRN Newsletter Second Quarter 2016
APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. This quarter’s issue covers RCEP campaigns, negotiations, APRN’s participation at the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), AP-RCEM’s contribution to HLPF, APRN 2016 Biennial Conference happening on 3-4 November in Beirut, Lebanon and statements in support of South Korea’s opposition to the deployment of a US missile defense system, Japanese resistance to US military bases, and other updates.
APRN in Solidarity with South Korean People vs US THAAD Missile Defense System
The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) supports the South Korean people in denouncing the proposed deployment of a United States anti-missile unit in their country. Citing so-called missile threats from Pyongyang, South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye recently announced plans to install the US-designed THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile defense system in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province.
Civil society groups reject RCEP: Excessive corporate powers at the expense of people’s rights
More than 80 representatives from trade unions, peasant communities, indigenous peoples, health networks, and women’s organisations met on 27-28 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to strategize around how to defeat the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and other emerging mega-regional free trade agreements (FTAs) in the region.
Japan’s Ruling Party Using Nazi Playbook?
On July 9th, the Japanese ruling Party, the Liberal Democratic Party posted on their official website, a form asking people to send in cases where school teachers have deviated from political neutrality, citing among others an example where a teacher expressed strong concerns over “sending children to war” or strong opposition over a controversial and unconstitutional law passed by the LDP in 2015.