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 …

ADVOCACY February 22, 2019

Two new Ambassadors join APCOM team

APCOM is proud to announce two new ambassadors have joined the APCOM team to help us connect more effectively with the communities we serve and the partners we work with. Michael Bäk as the Private Sector Ambassador and Okkar Min Maung as the Community Ambassador. Private Sector Ambassador Michael Bäk Michael Bäk is Facebook’s current Head of Public Policy in Thailand. …

ADVOCACY October 8, 2018

Project CARE: Online Survey on the Mental Health and Well-Being Of LGBTQI Rights Defenders

Mental health is a human right. This is elaborated under Article 12 of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which recognizes that the highest attainable standard of health involves both physical and mental health. However, even with this recognition that mental health is a human right and as such should be enjoyed by everyone various studies …

REGIONAL September 6, 2018

Asia Pacific LGBT Org Celebrates Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality In India

Bangkok, Thursday 6 September 2018: A historic ruling by the Supreme Court in India which is set to decriminalize homosexuality in the country has been welcomed by APCOM, a leading Asia Pacific HIV and LGBT* rights community network. Announced today, the ruling has determined that laws which prohibit homosexual intercourse are unconstitutional and has been met with jubilation by LGBT …

NEWSROOM July 25, 2018

APCOM Launches New ‘Leaving No One Behind’ Strategy

Amsterdam, Thursday 26 July, 2018: Taking a bold, ambitious and tenacious approach to building a more effective response to the health and rights of gay men, other men who have sex with men and SOGIESC* people in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of our new 2018-2020 strategic framework. Based in Bangkok, APCOM represents and works with over 200 …

REGIONAL July 16, 2018

NO LONGER LEFT BEHIND – SOGIESC Asia and the Pacific Call for Action in the Humanitarian System

We, SOGIESC activists, human rights defenders and CSOs from countries in Asia and the Pacific, have come together in solidarity at the Pride in the Humanitarian System consultation to reflect on our collective experience during humanitarian events and offer the humanitarian system insights from our lived experiences and our unique needs. We have had an opportunity to listen and engage …