2015 Asia-Pacific Workshops

U.S. Foreign Military Bases and Trafficking Related Issues in the Asia-Pacific

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

This workshop will address the impact of the still increasing U.S. militarization in the Asia-Pacific region, and in particular the oppressions and systems of trafficking inherent in the presence of the more than 200 U.S. foreign military bases and installations in Asia and the Pacific.

Speakers:

Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Joseph Gerson,  Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Peace & Economic Security Program

Dr. Dante Simbulan, political scientist imprisoned in the Philippines.

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Human Trafficking and Forced Migration in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015, 3:45 pm

Poverty is among several factors contributing to the commercial exploitation of people for both cheap labor and the sex/tourism industry in Southeast Asia. This workshop explores the factors contributing to trafficking and migration in the region, the challenges facing migrant workers and trafficking victims, and initiatives to oppose forced migration and human trafficking.

Speakers:

Fr. Shay Cullen, Founder of PREDA, a Philippine human rights social development organization

Marlyn Capio-Richter, Social Worker with PREDA Foundation

 

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Torture, Detention and Killings in the Philippines: The International People’s Tribunal and the End of Impunity

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Other human rights violations in the Philippines have been well documented, including enforced disappearances, illegal detention, and torture. In its World Report 2015 Human Rights Watch determined that attacks by state forces against human rights activists, community leaders, indigenous peoples and others are continuing with impunity. This workshop will focus on preparations for an International People’s Tribunal (IPT) planned for summer 2015, which will help raise national and international public visibility of the ongoing violation of people’s rights in the Philippines, exercise moral suasion and help generate further political pressure on the governments of the Philippines and the US to end impunity.

Speakers:

Melissa Roxas, abduction and torture survivor, Habi Arts (Los Angeles)

Paul Quintos, IBON International, Phillipine Secretariat of the International People’s Tribunal

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