3rd LAWASIA Human Rights

Conference 2022

20 August 2022

Jointly organised with The Malaysian Bar

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Human Rights in Times of War and Conflict

A joint initiative between LAWASIA and the Malaysian Bar

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LAWASIA's Human Rights Committee, in conjunction with The Malaysian Bar, is pleased to invite the participation of members and legal professionals at the 3rd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference to be held online in a virtual format on Saturday, 20 August 2022

This third LAWASIA Human Rights Conference, will provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and associated professional members to exchange insights and expertise on topics of significant importance to all. 

The conference will explore a broad range of human rights issues pertinent to the Asia Pacific region, including:

  • Human Rights in Times of War and Conflict
  • The State of Human Rights in Myanmar: One Year Later
  • Economic Sanctions and Human Liberty
  • Hate Speech Laws as a Means to Avoid Conflict
  • Vulnerable Groups in a Time of Conflict
  • Human Rights and Security Laws
  • Current Developments in International Criminal Justice

 

Event Details

Date: Saturday 20 August 2022

Cost: Complimentary and open to all

Time:

  • 11:00 - 18:00 (Sydney/Canberra)
  • 10:00 - 17:00 (Tokyo/Seoul)
  • 09:00 - 16:00 (Hong Kong/Singapore/KL/Beijing/Taipei)
  • 08:00 - 15:00 (Hanoi/Phnom Penh/Bangkok/Vientiane)
  • 06:30 - 13:30 (Delhi/Colombo)
  • 02:00 - 09:00 (London)

 

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Registration will close at 5pm on Thursday 18 August 2022, Sydney time (AEST). Please ensure that you are registered by this time, as late registration will not be possible

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Programme correct as at 11 August 2022

 

OPENING CEREMONY

President Karen CHEAH Yee Lynn | The Malaysian Bar

President Melissa K PANG | LAWASIA

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09:00 - 09:15 MYT

 

SESSION 1    09:15 - 10:15 MYT

Bringing Dignity to the Displaced

What are the obligations of nation states under international law in dealing with an influx of refugees fleeing a war zone? What are the rights of a refugees, and how best to encourage nation states to live up to their international law obligations?

Moderator: Joanne Tsu Fae CHUA, IOM - UN Migration | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

  • Collin Arvind ANDREW | MALAYSIA
  • Dr Pillkyu HWANG | SOUTH KOREA
  • Naiyana THANAWATTHO | THAILAND

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SESSION 2   09:15 - 10:15 MYT

Access to Justice in Times of War and Conflict

How does the Judiciary and the legal system act in fulfilment of the State's responsibilities to protect and respect human rights in these situations? What are best practices for the promotion of universal respect and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms? What role can judges or lawyers play?

Moderator: Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David WONG Dak Wah | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

  • Usha KULASEGARAN | MALAYSIA
  • Gustaaf REERINK | INDONESIA
  • Phillip WARDLE | AUSTRALIA

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PLENARY SESSION 1  (10:15 - 11:00 MYT)

Restoring Democracy in Myanmar

The state of Human Rights in Myanmar one year after the military coup and addressing concrete steps the international community must take to restore democracy and the rule of law.

Moderator: Christopher LEONG | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

Debbie STOTHARD | MYANMAR

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SESSION 3     11:15 - 12:15 MYT

Hate speech & Fake Speech 

Addressing hate speech as a means of avoiding conflict; How best to tackle disinformation, fake news and the manipulation of the internet; and the links between disinformation and hate speech.

Moderator: DING Jo-Ann, Centre for Independent Journalism | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

  • Saroj K GHIMIRE | NEPAL
  • Satoko KITAMURA | JAPAN
  • Arthur MOSES SC | AUSTRALIA
  • Tim PARKER | HONG KONG SAR

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SESSION 4    11:15 - 12:15 MYT

Balancing Human Rights with National Security Laws 

In times of war, it is often said that national security must override fundamental freedoms. There are however best practices to ensure that the security of the polity can co-exist with basic individual human rights and freedoms. 

Moderator: Dato MAH Weng Kwai | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

  • Dr  Jayampathy WICKRAMARATNE | SRI LANKA
  • Karen GOMEZ-DUMPIT | PHILIPPINES
  • Steven THIRU, Vice President, LAWASIA | MALAYSIA 
  • Amirali NASIR, MH, JP | HONG KONG SAR

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PLENARY SESSION 2 (12:15 - 13:00 MYT)

Human Rights and Armed Conflict

Moderator: Shyam DIVAN | INDIA

Panellists:

Dr. Anton KORYNEVYCH, Ambassador-at-Large, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine | UKRAINE

Mr. Denys MYKHAILIUK, Counsellor / Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ukraine in Malaysia | UKRAINE

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SESSION 5    14:00-15:00 MYT

Economic Sanctions and Human Rights

Economic sanctions have long been used by many nations against other nation states. However, state-based sanctions tend to harm vulnerable citizens the most. In this session, panellist will discuss, amongst others: -

  • the relevance of state based economic sanctions in today’s world versus smart or targeted sanctions.
  • the role of emerging Asian superpowers in redefining economic sanctions; and
  • the principles of proportionality in the interaction between economic sanctions and human rights.

 

Moderator: Kuhan MANOKARAN | MALAYSIA

Panellists:  

  • Professor Surya DEVA | AUSTRALIA
  • Dokyung KIM | SOUTH KOREA
  • Toshiro UEYANAGI | JAPAN
  • Dr Tricia YEOH | MALAYSIA

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SESSION 6    14:00-15:00 MYT

Women & Children in Time of War and Conflict

The position of women and children, and the protection of their human rights in times of war, are a matter of particular concern. Speakers will discuss the unique challenges facing them and strategize ways in which the international community can help to encourage warring nations to respect the rights of these groups even in times of war.

 

Moderator: Dr Holly DOEL-MACKAWAY | AUSTRALIA 

Panellists:  

  • Sara HOSSAIN, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh | BANGLADESH
  • Dato' Shyamala ALAGENDRA, Gender and Child Rights Advisor | MALAYSIA
  • Dr Shireen DAFT | AUSTRALIA

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PLENARY SESSION 3 (15:00 - 15:45 MYT)

Current Developments in International Criminal Justice

The Evolution of the International Criminal Court, ICC and the progression of the ICC in Year 2022. The relevance of Universal Jurisdiction, and the importance of International Criminal Justice globally and in the Asia-Pacific Region. 

Moderator: Yasushi HIGASHIZAWA | JAPAN

Panellists:

Karim A. A. KHAN QC, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court | NETHERLANDS

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CLOSING CEREMONY

15:45 - 16:00 MYT

 

6th Meeting of the LAWASIA Human Rights Lawyers’ Network

16:15 - 17:15 MYT

The LAWASIA Human Rights Lawyers Network welcomes participation from any interested observers.

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