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 …

PREVENTION April 11, 2019

ILGA World Gets Pacific In New Zealand

The recent ILGA World Conference in the New Zealand capital of Wellington was attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world including many from the Pacific region. APCOM’s Executive Director Midnight Poonkasetwattana and Regional Advisory Group Chair Dédé Oteomo joined many representatives from partner organisations including Parker Franck Hou from Papua New Guinea’s Kapul Champions. Parker, a 46 year …

NEWSROOM April 10, 2019

APCOM’S LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS AMBASSADOR JUSTICE MICHAEL KIRBY DIALOGUE WITH HIS EMINENCE PIETRO CARDINAL PAROLIN AT THE VATICAN

I begin by thanking his Holiness Pope Francis, the Holy See and the Cardinal Secretary of State for making this dialogue possible.  To be here today, I have crossed three continents.  After this dialogue I will return immediately to my home in Australia. The journey has afforded me much time to sharpen my thoughts. Like Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, I am a lawyer.  I …

SHOWCASE April 9, 2019

IRL (‘In Real Life’): Young people and the Global Fund

How does a young person see his engagements with the Global Fund (GF) processes, IRL? At the young age, Doan Thanh Tung has already founded Lighthouse, an organisation which has become one of the leaders for MSM advocacy and HIV service delivery in Hanoi, Vietnam. As a self-identified gay man and MSM, Tung considers himself as part of the young key …

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 …

SHOWCASE April 1, 2019

APCOM co-hosts Art Exhibition To Raise Awareness And Support Marriage Equality

Bangkok, 1 April 2019: Raising awareness and support of those seeking marriage equality in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) community, River City Bangkok, in collaboration with private collector and curator James Tong of 37TONG | 叁拾柒堂is pleased to present BEYOND SKIN | 心 · 目by  NORM YIP exhibition in Bangkok. The Thai Government’s cabinet in December 2018 approved the civil partnership bill which will then be passed to the …

PUBLICATIONS March 27, 2019

Fact sheet on Global Fund STC Policy and the World Bank Transition Checklist

In order to attain the goal of “ending AIDS” by 2030, UNAIDS estimates that US$26.2 billion will be needed in 2020 alone- an increase of US1.5 billion per year globally. However, recent funding trends indicate that high-income countries will continue to reduce funding for the HIV response in low- and middle-income countries. In preparation for the increasing decline of donor …

NEWSROOM February 28, 2019

Restructure of APCOM

As you may have heard APCOM is going through some organisational changes. Following an internal review, we are restructuring the team to improve how we work as an organisation and to better align ourselves with TENACITY our 2018-2020 strategic framework. The restructure also allows us to respond to changes we have seen on the programme side in the past year. The rapidly …

LEARNING February 25, 2019

PULSE Project achievement in 2018

PULSE is a community-led research and advocacy project to generate information and to improve access of young gay men to HIV services. Funded by 5% Initiative led by Expertise France, PULSE comprehends a 3-year long initiative encompassing research, community capacity strengthening and advocacy effort that aims to improve the lives of young gay and bisexual men and other young men who have sex …

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. …