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 …

REGIONAL October 16, 2019

Taiwan Symposium Puts Spotlight on MSM Chemsex

A recent ground-breaking symposium in Taiwan was the first meeting of its kind to explore the issue and health impacts of chemsex among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Asia Pacific region. Chemsex – combing sex with the use of recreational drugs such as crystal meth and GHB/GBL – is an emerging issue with growing concerns among …

REGIONAL September 16, 2019

KHANA (Country Partner Organization) activity

From 26 – 27 March 2019, KHANA with the technical assistance support APCOM organized a 2-day capacity building workshop on Global Fund for key population. This workshop was held in Phnom Penh City, in Cambodia. 35 participants attended this workshop, including representatives from KP (Key population) networks, CCM secretariat, KP representatives of CCM, and other key stakeholders. On 14 June …

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 …

REGIONAL June 5, 2019

Pacific Issues For HIV/AIDS

In the lead up to the recent ILGA World Conference in New Zealand, APCOM partnered with the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) and Haus of Khameleon to conduct a pre-conference session focusing on opportunities to end HIV among people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). The session also considered how collaboration could be strengthened between …

REGIONAL December 11, 2018

LGBT ADVOCATES FOCUS ON MAKING DEVELOPMENT BANKING IN ASIA MORE LGBT INCLUSIVE

On The International Human Rights Day (10 Dec), and it’s the 70thanniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. APCOM is pleased to be celebrating this day by reaffirming our commitment to ensuring that people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in Asia and the Pacific enjoy a full range of …

SHOWCASE November 30, 2018

HIV & LGBT Heroes Honoured At Bangkok World AIDS Day Gala

Bangkok, 1 Dec 2018: Heroes of HIV prevention, LGBT rights and community health were among nine people and organisations who were honoured at the 2018 Asia Pacific HERO Awards gala in Bangkok last night. Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards acknowledges outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, …

SHOWCASE November 23, 2018

Digital Security for Human Rights Defenders

In the past decade, the online space through the Internet has become a vital platform for activists, advocates, and human rights defenders in getting their voices heard. The use of the internet to tackle issues concerning human rights, meaningful participation in political processes, or raise awareness on relevant social issues has increasingly applied as a form of advocacy. However, engaging …

REGIONAL October 25, 2018

24 HIV & LGBTI Heroes To Be Honoured At Bangkok World AIDS Day Gala

Bangkok, 25 Oct 2018: A diverse and inspirational mix of 24 people and organisations from across Asia and the Pacific have been selected as finalists for this year’s HERO Awards, a gala World AIDS Day fundraising event taking place at Bangkok’s British Embassy in November. Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual event which acknowledges …