LEN-SEA Subgroup Sessions Held

The Legal Empowerment Network-Southeast Asia (LEN-SEA) formed 3 subgroups to tackle different issues and the initiatives for legal empowerment in each.

1. LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SUBGROUP

On May 24, 2022, the Land and Environmental Justice Subgroup of the LEN-SEA held a discussion session to discuss understanding land rights and environmental justice issues and its intersections in Southeast Asia.

The speakers and panelists include:

  • Atty. Marlon Manuel (NAMATI) - Understanding Legal Empowerment Work on Land Rights and Environmental Justice
  • Atty. Sor.Rattanamanee Polkla (Thailand) - Panelist
  • Atty. Claire Demaisip (Philippines) - Panelist
  • U Thay Lwin (Myanmar) - Panelist
  • Manolinh Thepkhamvong (Laos) - Panelist
  • Vuthy Sem (Cambodia) – Panelist

There were participants from Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.

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2. CITIZENSHIP AND REFUGEE SUBGROUP

On May 25, 2022, the Citizenship and Refugee Subgroup of LEN-SEA held to discuss Citizenship and Emerging Issues of Refugees in Southeast Asia.

The presenters include:

  • Maalini Romalo (DHRRA Malaysia) – “Refugee and Statelessness in Southeast Asia”
  • Atchara Chan-o-kul (IRC, Thailand) – “Focus on Refugees and Refugee Camps in Thailand”
  • Naiyana Thanawattho (Thailand) – “Laws that impact on Refugees in Thailand”
  • Mr. Angga Reynady (SUAKA, Indonesia) – “Legal Empowerment of Refugees in Indonesia”

There were participants from Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines.

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3. GENDER JUSTICE SUBGROUP

On June 2, 2022, the Gender Justice Subgroup of the LEN-SEA held a meeting-workshop to discuss the following:

  • How the judiciaries are mainstreaming gender equality
  • Sharing of good practices from the member organizations of LEN-SEA
  • For the rest of the participants to share their insights and experiences through the breakout session

The resource speakers include:

  • Bestha Inatsan Ashila (IJRS or Indonesia Judicial Research Society) – “Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Access to Justice”
  • Atty. Tonet Ramos (The Asia Foundation, Philippines) – “HERstory in Numbers: Female Judges, Diversity and Mobility in the Philippine Judiciary”
  • Meila Nurul Fajriah (YLBHI, Indonesia) – “Mainstreaming Gender Equality in the Judiciary and CSO Legal Empowerment Work”
  • Maalini Romalo (DHRRA Malaysia) – “The DHRRA Malaysia Experience”
  • Mr. Ritz Lee Santos III (BALAOD Mindanaw, Philippines) – “Gender Justice”

There were participants from Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Cambodia.

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Wonderful work ongoing in that part of the globe.

This really worth sharing. Keep the good work. This can also be a learning point for us all to try some innovative ideas at local level towards legal empowerment that can suit our culture, available platform and resources.

Lossie Konneh Sierra Leone.

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These sessions are great and the participants looked delightful! Thank you Rene for sharing. Conversation at regional level are really important to have focused discussions on region-specific struggle.