[DID YOU KNOW] Mapithel Dam

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The Mapithel Dam choked the Thoubal River ruining the environment, livelihood and culture of Indigenous Peoples living in the Mapithel Valley. For residents of submerged villages, Mapithel is the symbol of injustice. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) worked in financing its infrastructure and privatizing its water supply. Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), together with […]

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In defense of investments: US hegemony in Asia Pacific

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American independence has been based on the enslavement of Native Americans and peoples of color domestically; the primacy of neoliberal globalization clothed with the tenets of liberal democracy; and, its foreign policy of imposing unfair trade relations and flexing its military power to maintain global hegemony. The rise of US military dominance after World War […]

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APRN Newsletter – 2nd Quarter 2020

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Inside stories: The UN Human Rights Council must act to stop the attacks on indigenous peoples, human rights defenders, and our communities Implication of Draft EIA Notification, 2020 in Manipur Decades of action: CSOs and people’s movement clamor for Development Justice to achieve Agenda 2030 in the era of Covid-19 The global mining industry and […]

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APRN vehemently denounces the Duterte government’s shutdown of ABS-CBN

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) vehemently denounces the Duterte government’s shutdown of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ top broadcasting station, which has been in existence for 74 years. While it is a corporate entity, ABS-CBN has been providing information and commentary that do not conform to those promoted by the government, especially about issues widely seen […]

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Wages, poverty, and health in the time of Covid-19: Focus on Southeast Asia

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As we continue to struggle against one of the most recent global crises in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers continue to sacrifice their health and safety in exchange for livelihood. Government policies and big businesses are pushing forward and demanding immediate normalcy status, putting workers at a high risk of infection, all while […]

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Human rights violations in Asia amid the pandemic

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Since the unprecedented lockdowns precipitated by the efforts to stop the spread of CoVID-19, governments have passed draconian laws restricting not only movement but also freedom of information. Worse, these laws are being used as a pre-text to silence and arrest regime critics. APRN believes that people’s rights should remain the fulcrum of pandemic response.

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Protect the frontliners; remember the fallen workers

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) joins the global solidarity to commemorate the workers who have been killed, disabled, maimed, injured, and made unwell due to lack of safety measures in workplaces. “We mourn for the workers who have been subjected to poor and hazardous working conditions. Tragedies in workplaces continue to soar for years […]

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APRN Newsletter – 1st Quarter 2020

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Achieving the SDGs: PH CSO Proposals for Genuine People’s Development in the context of GSDR 2019

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APRN raises the alarm on repressive government responses to CoVID-19

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) joins the global indignation over the arrest of seven (7) relief volunteers who were en route to their second wave of relief operations to a farming community in Norzagaray town, Philippines on April 19, 2020.  They brought with them ‘nutri-lief’ bags containing rice, mung beans, dried fish, rice noodles, egg, […]

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APRN Newsletter 2019 – 4th Quarter

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Inside stories: Resist Militarism and State Fascism. People’s rights now! Photo Essay: #StopTheAttacks APRN research conference on military conflicts in the Asia Pacific region People’s forum statement on the 14th East Asia Summit

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Free Ashraf Aram! Free all political prisoners in Palestine! – APRN

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of Ashraf Abu Aram by the Israeli authorities on November 7th at Al Karama border crossing. Mr. Aram, 32, a human rights defender and advocacy officer of Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), was brutally arrested and detained upon his return from the APRN training of trainers […]

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APRN condemns attacks against activists in the Philippines

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), the leading research network in the region, strongly condemns the illegal arrest and detention of 57 activists in Bacolod City, Negros last October 31. The Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted simultaneous raids at offices of Bayan Muna (People First), GABRIELA – National Women’s Alliance, Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement […]

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People’s Forum statement on the 14th East Asia Summit

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We, participants from civil society organizations and people’s movements in Asia Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on the occasion of the 14th East Asia Summit to discuss the implications of the its agenda, how it will affect the people and our actions in the spirit of people’s solidarity.  The EAS is a leaders-only meeting of […]

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APRN Newsletter 2019 – 2nd and 3rd Quarter

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Inside stories: False sense of development? International networks scrutinize China’s belt and road initiative Beyond Istanbul: Redefining and owning the concept of development effectiveness for CSOs Encapsulating the People Over Profit network’s advocacy and strategy meeting

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APRN Newsletter – 1st Quarter 2019

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On this issue: Development Aid With Chinese Characteristics? Activists, CSOs bolster call to reject RCEP in Bali negotiations APRN Pushes for Effective Development Cooperation Amidst Shrinking Spaces for CSOs Goals vs Realities: Looking back at the Peoples’ Forum & APFSD 2019 Quo Vadis Goal 16? A people’s review of the state of peace, justice, and […]

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Case studies on the implementation of CSO commitments in the Nairobi Outcome document

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This book contains five studies aimed at providing insights on how civil society organizations are fulfilling their commitments contained in the Nairobi Outcome Document at the country level. Published by APRN and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), this book showcases the experiences of CSOs in Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

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APRN Newsletter – 4th Quarter 2018

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Our newsletter for the 4th quarter of 2018 is out! Read on this issue reflections on the recently held People’s Global Conference Against IMF-World Bank, a look back into APRN’s 20 years of work in championing people-centered research, and download links to recently released publications. Download your free copy here!

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Primer on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group

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On the run up to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, APRN releases this primer to give an in-depth analysis of IMF and WBG’s role in shaping the neoliberal framework of global development, and how it seeks to push this narrative further amidst an imminent financial crisis, soaring […]

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Int’l, Indonesian movements to resist IMF-WB Annual Meetings, corporatization of dev’t

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On October 8 to 14, people’s movements and civil society organisations will gather at the People’s Conference against IMF-World Bank in Bali, Indonesia, as the Annual Meetings run from October 12-14. ​An independent, people-led initiative, the Conference will register peoples’ resistance on how the IMF-WB promotes the capture of resources, economies, and global rulemaking by […]

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Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian workers

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“The consequences of mega-FTAs on trade, labor and employment is much shown in many developing countries where, in order to maintain competitiveness, must adhere to “lowest common denominator rules” rather than meeting the highest possible standards. Recent developments in trade liberalization have permitted monopoly capitalists to dictate the cheapest value of labor and other production facilities, thereby disregarding decent standards, to accumulate bigger profit.”

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APRN Newsletter January-June 2018

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The APRN Newsletter for the 1st half of 2018 is now available! On this issue we covered activities during the 2018 APFSD, the 51st ADB Governor’s Meeting, statements on the ISDS, the crackdown on activists in India, and the terrorist proscription of Filipino civil society leaders, and other network updates. Download your copy here.

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RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare

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After 22 negotiation rounds and several missed deadlines, the 10 ASEAN countries and their 6 free trade partners will meet again in July 2018 to try and move forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. While India’s hard stance on certain issues like tariff reduction has been a big factor in slowing down the past […]

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Defend the Defenders! Resist state-sponsored terror against rights workers and advocates in the Philippines

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The Asia Pacific Research Network is one with civil society and peoples’ movements in the Philippines in condemning the Philippine Government for tagging as “terrorists” rights defenders, activists, and advocates in a move to quell growing dissent and further strengthen its authoritarian and pro-corporate rule in the country. More than 600 persons, including leaders from […]

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Changed acronyms, same neoliberal ruse: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

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by People Over Profit     The struggle to stop the Transpacific Partnership Agreement continues amid efforts to revive the zombie free trade deal. On Nov 11 2017, a new accord between 11 members of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement came out with a ministerial statement calling for the revival of the free trade deal following […]

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