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Democracy in Southeast Asia: Fighting For Freedom

On this International Day of Democracy, we shed the light on the rise of authoritarianism and the attacks on civil and political rights in Southeast Asia. Human rights abuses are common in the region, with governments violating freedom of expression, press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of assembly and association.

Crackdowns on dissents and political opponents are on the rise, with governments violating their freedoms and rights to assert their authority and control. The Covid-19 crisis has also been an opportunity for these governments to use militarised approaches to manage the pandemic and further strengthen their control.

To learn more about the demands of Thailand’s Youth for a real democracy, check our spotlight here.

To learn more about our Campaign to #StopDigitalDictatorship in Southeast Asia and return real democracies, check here.

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Founded in 2017, Manushya Foundation serves as a bridge to engage, mobilise, and empower agents of change by: connecting humans through inclusive coalition building and; by developing strategies focused at placing local communities’ voices in the centre of human rights advocacy and domestic implementation of international human rights obligations and standards.


Manushya Foundation strengthens the solidarity and capacity of communities and grassroots to ensure they can constructively raise their own concerns and provide solutions in order to improve their livelihoods and the human rights situation on the ground.

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