Renewing Communities across Southeast Asia and Promoting Human Rights for All
The conference – entitled “Celebrating Democracy in Malaysia, Renewing Communities across Southeast Asia and Promoting Human Rights for All” – launched a brand-new network of Southeast Asian democrats known as FORSEA (Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia at www.forsea.co), on February 16-17, 2019, at White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The events from the two day were webcast LIVE.
FORSEA is committed to building a solidarity movement across national boundaries, ethnic identities and faiths. It will promote democratic ethos, universal human rights and ecological consciousness.
- to foster genuine solidarity ties among leading dissidents engaged in the revolutionary and/or reform movements against dictatorial and authoritarian regimes in the ASEAN region;
- to explore concrete ways for strategic collaborations among different networks of dissidents and cross-national boundaries with political movements across the region, and beyond;
- to establish a political tradition of collaboration beyond national, racial and religious silos so that People Power movements can mount effective revolt against the authoritarian regimes, and their models of racial/nationalistic developmental authoritarianism;
- to coordinate efforts across the region designed to propagate progressive ideas and ideals such as democratic ethos, gender equality, ecological sensitivity and economic and social justice, through mass media and popular art mediums (films, songs, cartoons, performing art, posters, creative writings, etc.).