Human Rights Watch and ASEAN
This weekend Australia hosts leaders from all the ASEAN countries except for the Philippines. The Australian government wants to focus on trade and security issues. ICJ (Victoria) supports the call by Human Rights Watch for Australia to use this opportunity to foster adherence to judicial independence and the rule of law within ASEAN at a time when these core ASEAN principles face widespread threats. The HRW briefing examines how autocratic regimes are undermining human rights and civil liberties in parts of SE Asia. Australia must deal with its own failures in refugee and indigenous policies. It can still strenuously advocate for the maintenance of a rule based international order that protects human rights in our region.