Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Groups Report

Group # 1
Voice for Aceh : Advancing Human Rights Towards Peace and Justice

Mr. NBW Mudiyanselage - Sri Lanka
Mr. Jeudy Oeung - Cambodia
Mr. CPKT Mudiyanselage - Sri Lanka
Ms. Ma. Rosalie Zerrudo - Philippines
Ms. Zuherna - Aceh (Indonesia)
Ms. Amarzaya Galsankhagya - Mongolia

After examining the situation of human rights violation in some Asian Countries, like Cambodia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and especially Aceh, there is a need to make a lot of efforts and time in advancing human rights toward justice and peace. However, Aceh is still on the way to achieve the cease fire or peaceful negotiation and agreement with Indonesian government over its self-governance. Through Aceh's case study, it needs to transform the social movement into political institutions so that they can have voice in the democratic institutions.

The lesson learned from this particular case study showed that there is relationship between democracy, respect for human rights, and peace and justice. Therefore, We suggest that political democracy has to evolved as participatory democracy where all citizens can participate in effective ways for promoting democratic society and rule of law. The participatory democracy is the basis for human rights and peace, and to finally achieve justice. The practical existence of this concept calls for Asian unity which can be developed by NGOs, Civil Society, Social Movement for international solidarity.

Group # 2
A Substantive Report on Trafficking in Human Persons in Asia

Sean Sok Phay - Cambodia
Naqibullah - Aghanistan
Anjana Singh - India
Sinnal Blegur - Indonesia

Having seen the severity of the issue of trafficking throughout Asia, several critical measures and strategies should be taken by the government of a country of origin, transit, or destination and NGOs dealing with the issue of trafficking.

1) Prohibition of severe forms of trafficking in persons and punishment of acts such trafficking.
2) Prescription of punishment commensurate with the grave crimes, such as forcible sexual assault, kidnapping, or which causes a death, and any act of sex trafficking involving force, fraud, coercion, or in which the victim of sex trafficking is a child incapable of giving meaningful consent.
3) Prescription of punishment that is sufficiently stringent to deter and that adequately reflects the heinous nature of the offense.
4) Serious and sustained efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons including investigation and prosecution of acts of sever forms of trafficking in persons, and conviction and sentences of persons responsible for such acts, that take place wholly or partly within the territory of the country, protection of victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons and encouragement of their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of such trafficking which include provisions for legal alternatives to their removal to countries in which they would face retribution or hardship, and ensuring that victims are not appropriately incarcerated, fined or otherwise penalized solely for unlawful acts as a direct result of being trafficked, prevention of severe forms of trafficking in persons, such as measures to inform and educate the public, including potential victims, about the causes and consequences of severe forms of trafficking in persons, cooperation with other governments in the investigation and prosecution of severe forms of trafficking in person on substantially the same terms and to substantially the same extent as persons charged with other serious crimes, monitoring of immigration and emigration patterns for evidence of severe forms of trafficking in persons and monitoring law enforcement agencies of the country respond to any such evidence in a manner that is consistent with the vigorous investigation and prosecution of acts of such trafficking, as well as with the protection of human rights victims and the internationally recognized human right to leave any country.

Group # 3
Violence Against Women and Children

Sadia Malik - Pakistan
Linh Duong Thi My - Vietnam
Lih Yih Beh - Malaysia
Erkinbek Kamalov - Kyrgztan
Muhammad Ali - Afghanistan
Md. Abul Khaer - Bangladesh

The reason that civilization is falling is because we have failed the children of the world and this failure includes all the major religions of the world. An analysis of the roors of this failure had lead to the discovery of its most significant root: the failure to address the unique role of Woman and of Woman as a Motherin world societies. The condition of children in the world is clearly inseparable from the condition of woman in the world. And so we must first examine and understand the condition of chidlren in the world and of civilization itself.

Group # 4
Rights of the urban poor

Dr.Hekmat Sial – Afghanistan
Dhruba Devi Gurung – Nepal
Weiping Sun – China
Md.Berkah Gamulya – Indonesia
Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee - Bangladesh

What needs to be done to protect the rights of urban poor?

The state authorities should respect the UN charters and the international laws which
protects the rights of the urban poor.

The NGOs needs to be more active and the state authorities should support their role
for achieving such goal.

The state development strategies and planning should be share with the urban poor
people and get their ideas in terms of setting up the priorities.

Coordinate national, regional and international efforts to combat for the protection of
the rights of urban poor. GAHRFS/May 18 Memorial Foundation could lead and do
more on this aspect.

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