REGIONAL October 16, 2019

APCOM calls for more LGBTQI protection at the ASEAN

Populism and othering have negative effects on the rights and freedoms of marginalized groups in the ASEAN region. This was one of the themes discussed and explored at the convergence space on human rights, democracy and access to justice at the ASEAN Civil Society Policy Forum/ASEAN People’s Forum 2019. The session held last September 10 at the Thammasat University was …

ADVOCACY August 26, 2019

HIV & LGBT HEROES SET TO SHINE AT THE 3RD ASIA-PACIFIC COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

BANGKOK, 15 August 2019: HIV and LGBTI community heroes from across Asia and the Pacific are set to be honoured at a special event in Bangkok in November, with organisers of the 3rd HERO Awards currently seeking nominations from community members across the region Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual gala event in Bangkok …

ADVOCACY August 6, 2019

RCF Strategic Opportunity Funding Request for Proposals

The Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its new Strategic Opportunity Funding. The Fund will award grants in 2020 to be implemented during the 18-month period between the middle of 2020 and the end of 2021. Please find attached to this email: ·         Communiqué from the RCF International Steering Committee …

REGIONAL July 3, 2019

Bhutan celebrates Pride month with decriminalising gay sex

Bhutan’s National Assembly has begun the process of decriminalising gay sex in early June. To explain the issues and process, we have 26 years old Tashi Tsheten who is currently heading Rainbow Bhutan, a network of individuals with diverse sexuality, gender identity and expression formed in 2015 as an advocate network for HIV and now includes broader and diverse needs of …

REGIONAL July 3, 2019

Taiwan Celebrates Pride Month

Taiwan have passed a same-sex marriage bill in May, making it the first place in Asia to bring in gay marriage. Chi Chia Wei, Taiwan’s acclaimed LGBT rights campaigner who led the country’s recently successful charge for marriage equality. He was a winner of the APCOM’s HERO Awards Community Hero category in 2017 gives his reaction.  – How did you react when you heard the …

ADVOCACY June 20, 2019

Inter-Regional Dialogue presents status quo of key population’s engagements with the Global Fund’s sustainability, transition and co-financing

19 June 2019, Bangkok,Thailand – APCOM releases a report resulting from the recently held Inter-Regional Dialogue on Global Fund’s Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing (STC). Titled “Framing the Status Quo”, the document aims to provide the current state of key population’s and Country Coordinating Mechanism’s (CCM) understanding and engagement with the Global Fund’s STC Policy. According to the report, key population …

ADVOCACY June 19, 2019

Working with the Global Fund in Nepal

We luckily got two community representatives on the Global Fund Co-ordination Mechanism (CCM) for Nepal, Raju Lama and Pareena who willing to share their challenges which they have been experiencing to perform their function effectively. Their concrete recommendations would help you and community members to meaningfully engage with CCM and Global Fund. Here are their stories: Interviewee: Raju  1) What …

ADVOCACY June 5, 2019

APCOM Ambassador: Okkar’s apology

APCOM has appointed Mr. Okkar Min Maung its new Community Ambassador. However, there was a concern regarding his appointment pertaining to his casting in a film portraying LGBT people in a bad light. Okkar has sincerely apologised for any distress or offense that his work as an actor in one of many films has caused. He states that the film in question was made …

ADVOCACY April 30, 2019

HIV ADVOCATES AT THE 2019 PEPFAR REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PLAN MEETINGS

In early April, representatives from community groups in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Thailand, and regional key population networks, including APCOM met with US Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ambassador Deborah Birx in Bangkok as part of the agency’s 2019 Regional Operational Plan (ROP) …

ADVOCACY April 30, 2019

Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC) Excutive Director at the PEPFAR Asia Regional Operational Planning Meeting 2019

The PEPFAR Asia Regional Operational Planning Meetings took place in Bangkok, Thailand 1-5 April 2019. During the event,  Aditya Wardhana, Executive Director of the Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC) who was a civil society representative, has delivered a great speech on the country’s situation and call for further support from PEPFAR and other partners. The Honorable Ambassador Birx, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for …