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 …

ADVOCACY April 11, 2019

Helen Clark speaks at APCOM Pre-Conference at ILGA World 2019

APCOM was active in taking part in the 29th ILGA World Conference, held in Wellington, New Zealand, on 18 to 22 March 2019. Represented by Chair of the Regional Advisory Group, Dédé Oetomo, and Executive Director, Midnight Poonkasetwattana, we held two pre-conference sessions on 19 March. We were honored and proud to have the Rt Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister …

ADVOCACY April 9, 2019

Statement of ASEAN Civil Society Organizations on the Full Enforcement of Sharia Law in Brunei Darussalam

We, the undersigned civil society organizations in the ASEAN region, urge the government of Brunei to immediately halt the full implementation of the Sharia Penal Code (SPC). The said law entails provisions that contradict international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination …