Quo Vadis Goal 16? Civil society reviews the state of peace, justice, and inclusion in Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), in partnership with Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), held the panel discussion titled “Quo Vadis Goal 16?” at the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 (APPFSD) on March 25 in Bangkok. Thirty five (35) participants from regional and national CSOs, people’s organizations, UN agencies and […]

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Activists, CSOs bolster call to reject RCEP in Bali negotiations

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Carrying placards calling for the rejection of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), activists managed to slip past the tight security of Nusa Dua Complex in Bali, Indonesia to conduct a protest in front of the Bali International Convention Center where the RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee is holding its 25th negotiation round. Joining the […]

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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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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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A tribute to Samir Amin, a scholar from the periphery

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The Asia Pacific Research Network is one with the world’s peoples in remembering the legacy of Samir Amin, a prolific scholar, staunch anti-imperialist and Marxist political economist. Amin passed away on 12 August 2018. Amin worked in Cairo at the Institute for Economic Management from 1957 to 1960. He became the director of the Third […]

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Today is the 73rd Anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima

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Today we commemorate the 73rd year since the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The death toll in the first hours after the bomb was dropped is estimated at 75,000 to 80,000. Many of those who survived the immediate blast died shortly afterwards from fatal burns and other serious complications caused by radiation. This […]

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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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End crackdown on Dalits and activists in India

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of five human rights defenders and workers Professor Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dawade, and Mahesh Raut last 6 June 2018. In the wee hours of 6 June, Indian police simultaneously arrested the five human rights defenders in a nationwide […]

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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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Alert: Argentina bans Civil Society from WTO Conference in Buenos Aires

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Media Release Dec 1, 2017 Civil society slams Argentina’s repression of peoples’ voice at the WTO conference in Buenos Aires Global civil society network People Over Profit (POP) condemns the arbitrary last minute decision of the Argentine government to bar more than 60 civil society and peoples’ organizations from next week’s 11th World Trade Organization ministerial […]

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People Over Profit’s website has been hacked

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People Over Profit’s website (peopleoverprofit.online) has been hacked and is temporarily down. We are currently working to bring the site back up again. For the mean time, check out their facebook page: fb.com/peoplevsFTAs and twitter account: @peoplevsFTAs for news and updates on their campaign against neoliberal free trade. You may also download People Over Profit’s […]

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Civil society commits to push back corporate power at 2017 ACSC/APF

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The call “Southeast Asia is not for sale. We are not for sale!” echoed as hundreds marched to the historic People Power Monument along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in Manila, Philippines to conclude the 2017 ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF). The ACSC/APF is an annual gathering of Southeast Asian civil society organizations […]

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APRN condemns harassment of Cordillera peoples’ organizations by military elements

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) condemns the harassment perpetrated by military elements against its member in the Philippines, Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC), and ally Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA). According to a report posted by CPA on social media on October 28 (see here), staff of both organizations were held in consecutive […]

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APRN Newsletter 2nd and 3rd Quarter 2017

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Our newsletter for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2017 is now available. Read on the recent updates on our campaign against RCEP, the anti-war convention in Toronto, the “Zombie TPPA,” and other activities by our network members. Click on the image below to view and download a copy.

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APRN Newsletter First Quarter 2017

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On this issue we cover the recently concluded APRN Biennial Conference, People Over Profit’s campaign against free trade agreements, the 7th year of the Istanbul Principles, CSO gatherings to tackle development effectiveness, and other network activities and updates.

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On the Martial Law Declaration in Southern Philippines: APRN expresses solidarity with the people of Marawi, calls for just peace

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On March 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the whole southern island of Mindanao, Philippines, after an armed encounter in Marawi City between the Maute group, a radical organization that pledged allegiance to the Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and the Philippine army. The announcement was made by the President while on a […]

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Selection Results for ‘Breaking Ground, Taking Roots: the Istanbul Principles@7’

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With a little over 16 days to go before the ‘Breaking Ground, Taking Roots: the Istanbul Principles@7’, we are pleased to inform you that we received an overwhelming response to the call for participation. Around 200 individuals representing non-government organizations, platforms, social movements and community-based organizations signified their interest to be part of the conference. […]

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CPDE invites you to Breaking Ground and Taking Roots: The Istanbul Principles @ 7!

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In 2010, 200 CSOs from 82 countries adopted the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness as an affirmation of their commitment to improve and be fully accountable for their development practices. The gathering, which will be held on 30-31 March in Bangkok seeks to infuse new energy into that commitment as we continue to build on our victories in improving the effectiveness and quality of development work within the context of Agenda 2030. Seven years after, let’s come together to respond to the demand of realizing our full potentials as civil society actors.

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Call for expressions of interest: CSO days on Istanbul+7 Events Consultant

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On March 2016, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) in coordination with the CPDE Working Group on CSO Development Effectiveness (CSO DE WG) and the Asia Pacific Research Network will conduct the conference on the Istanbul +7.

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APRN Newsletter Third and Fourth Quarter 2016

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APRN’s newsletter for the third and fourth quarters of 2016 is now available. This issue covers the 28th and 29th Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting in Cebu, the 16th RCEP Negotiation Round in Indonesia, APRN’s participation at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada (WSF 2016), the GPEDC 2nd High-Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi, Kenya, the People Over Profit Unity Statement, and other network updates.

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CSO DE-WG engages the World Social Forum in Montreal

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Civil society groups and social movements from Indonesia and across Asia Pacific warned of intensified land grabs and unemployment as the 16th round of negotiations for the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) begins in Indonesia from Dec 7-9, 2016.

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From TPP to RCEP: People always at the losing end

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Civil society groups and social movements from Indonesia and across Asia Pacific warned of intensified land grabs and unemployment as the 16th round of negotiations for the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) begins in Indonesia from Dec 7-9, 2016.

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RCEP: A devastating blow to the Philippine economy and its peoples

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Trade ministers of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are set to meet on November 3-4 in Cebu, Philippines aiming to resolve roadblocks to the negotiations

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