The idea of forming a Human Rights and Solidarity Working Group was inspired by the growing need to further develop and strengthened our human rights advocacies as the Asia-Pacific region is confronted by escalating war and globalisation that has continued to widen the gap between the rich and the poor creating immeasurable injustices in our society. On the other hand, SCMs in the region have become more active in their human rights advocacy focusing on their local context. Thus, there is a need to enhance and develop the Human Rights and Solidarity Programme of the federation in order to provide a regional analysis on different issues affecting the region and to support the SCMs on-going struggles for justice, peace and human rights.
Imbued with the high aspiration of working for peace and justice for the realisation of human rights, the WSCF AP formed a working group for the Human Rights and Solidarity and held a meeting on 30 June - 2 July 2005 at the Student Christian Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 3-day working group meeting discussed the following agenda:
The meeting was attended by Saw Hay Mu Htoo (Myanmar), Paddy Noble (Cambodia), Sunita Sumati Suna (India), Pitiphan Areeyat (Thailand), John Probhudan (Standing Committee Member-at-Large), Wong Yock Leng (Regional Women’s Coordinator) and Bayani Alonzo II (Human Rights Coordinator).
The Human Rights and Solidarity Working Group is the manifestation of WSCF Asia-Pacific commitment to further advance the human rights and solidarity advocacies of the federation in the Asia-Pacific region. Most importantly, we envision that the Working Group can be a good starting venue to explore the possibility of forming a Human Rights and Solidarity Committee in the Asia-Pacific region. The Human Rights and Solidarity Committee of the WSCF AP will serve as the campaign center and shall passionately advance peace and justice with the protection of Human Rights throughout the Asia-Pacific.