SEAFORB VI

The sixth Conference of SEAFORB was conducted in October 2020. With the spread of the coronavirus, governments around the world were forced to impose far-reaching and invasive measures on their populations, including declaring a state of emergency. While restrictions on fundamental freedoms were accepted in well-established democracies and illiberal regimes alike, the latter were more prone to impose illegitimate restrictions and extend their powers beyond the immediate period of emergency response.

 
As part of a webinar series for the 2020 SEAFoRB Conference, the Seminar on the Impact of Covid-19 on human rights and FoRB in Southeast Asia discussed and examined the following issues:

  • How fundamental freedoms might have been illegitimately restricted in the region amidst Covid-19; How these restrictions have affected the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB); 

  • How has hate speech proliferated in the region during the pandemic; - What measures and guidelines could be introduced to parliamentarians, governmental officials, and other stakeholders, to ensure the implementation of emergency powers and them being conducive to the protection of human rights; 

  • Measures and guidelines could be introduced to parliamentarians, governmental officials, and other stakeholders, to ensure the implementation of emergency powers and them being conducive to the protection of human rights;

 

The Conference was co-organised by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, (APHR) Stefanus Alliance International, and the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB)