Youth Collective Statement 2020
April 8, 2021: ASEAN Youth Forum included recommendations from the Youth Collective Statement into the intervention at the 5th ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium: Enhancing the Roles of Youth in Achieving the SDGs. Read the intervention.
March 14-26, 2021: ASEAN Youth Forum brought forward the agenda in the statement to APFSD Processes through APFSD Youth Forum, APFSD People's Forum, and APFSD Intergovernmental Fora. Agendas on the issues of youth health and wellbeing and youth unemployment and the values of inclusivity and people-centered approaches in the Youth Collective Statement (2020) are adopted to Asia Pacific Youth Call to Action (2021).
January 12, 2021: ASEAN Youth Forum with FORUM-ASIA has officially submitted Youth Collective Statement (2020) to ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.
With this submission, we hope to amplify youth’s voices through AICHR, the ASEAN body responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN. Particularly, we hope that this recommendation can be reflected on developing an action plan and to assess the effectiveness of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework on COVID-19, especially in the rights that are belonging to youth and youth inclusion.
November 5-7, 2020: AYF and AYF's Special Rapporteur in Vietnam participated and brought forward the agenda in Youth Collective Statement (2020) to ASEAN Civic Society Conference - ASEAN People's Forum ACSC/APF 2020. The output of the mechanism is here.
We, the young people of Southeast Asia, express our grave concern about the spread of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and its adverse effects on people’s well-being and on global socio-economic developments. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and the suffering caused by the pandemic. We also express our gratitude to medical professionals, healthcare workers, researchers, scientists, and other frontline personnel for their invaluable efforts in response to COVID-19.
Building upon the existing efforts of Individual ASEAN Member States and that of the Southeast Asian Community in response to the pandemic, we further call for practical rights-based actions that are inclusive and people-centred.
We call upon the ASEAN Governments and Leaders in Southeast Asia to:
- Address youth unemployment exacerbated by the pandemic; adopt sufficient safety and health measures to protect all workers from contracting the COVID-19 at the workplace; and implement policies that allow all workers (including migrant workers) to access social security, humanitarian assistance, and emergency relief.
- Address educational infrastructure gaps (especially in rural and digitally-disconnected areas) and invest in an inclusive education system for all youth, especially for youth living with disabilities; youth living in poverty; youth in conflict-affected areas; and other marginalised youth.
- Reform and repeal rules and regulations which criminalize young people for voicing out their opinions and reporting on the COVID-19 situation. Also, repeal regulations in ASEAN Member States that criminalise and violate the right to freedom of expression, opinion, and the right to information; and to create a safe and enabling environment for people to exercise their rights without fear of reprisal.
- Establish an independent ASEAN Inter-governmental body to uphold and protect the rights of people in migration and handle migration issues, including Refugee and Trafficking, with the right-based approach.
- Strengthen political commitments to eliminate gender-based violence by enforcing survivor-centred mechanisms as well as imposing strict legal measures against perpetrators and provide gender-sensitive services in response to the increased rates of intimate partner violence during COVID-19.
- Provide legal foundations to support the LGBTQI+ community as a vulnerable group and prohibit discrimination and violence against the LGBTQI+ community.
- Ensure the mental wellbeing of people in Southeast Asia by investing in online systems that will provide psychiatric care and psychological services virtually, especially in remote communities where access to such services is limited.
- Actively engage and include youth in the decision-making processes relating to the development of relevant COVID-19 measures.
We strongly encourage civil societies in Southeast Asia to:
- Raise awareness to destigmatize conversations around mental health, gender-based violence, and LGBTQI+ rights, especially in the media, at workplaces and schools.
- Increase community-based services for domestic violence, gender-based violence, cyber violence, and violence against marginalised communities, including LGBTQI+, Refugees, and religious minorities.
- Demand transparency from the governments on their response to the pandemic, including plans, current and accurate reports, actions taken, and funds raised and disbursed.
- Promote media literacy to tackle and prevent the spread of fake news across the region.
We call Young People in Southeast Asia to:
- Engage and participate in public policy processes in Southeast Asia.
- Stand in solidarity with pro-democracy, people-centered, gender-sensitive, and rights-based youth movements across Southeast Asia.
- Promote intersectional collaborations and remain active in organizing, mobilizing, and shaping spaces to lead; claim youth rights, and foster inclusive, people-centered and gender-sensitive communities in Southeast Asia.
We, the young people of Southeast Asia, believe in human rights, democracy, justice, freedom, and peace. We shall work together to ensure that either during and post COVID-19 community in Southeast Asia is an inclusive, people-centered, gender-sensitive, and right-based community.
Young Southeast Asians
List of Supporting Young Individuals:
- Abrar Abdulhamid, The Philippines
- Afina, Indonesia
- Agatta, Indonesia
- Albert C. Lee, The Philippines
- Alvian Wardhana, Indonesia
- Alynna Carlos, The Philippines
- Androhim, Indonesia
- Anesya Indah Azhari, Indonesia
- Angrlo Garcia, The Philippines
- Anis, Malaysia
- Ariff Abdullah, Malaysia
- Dr. Artbie Samson, The Philippines
- Arvinda Maheswari, Indonesia
- Astry Nurul Meidina, Indonesia
- Aurelita, Indonesia
- Aurilia Ika Wulandari, Indonesia
- Aye, Myanmar
- Ayu, Indonesia
- Ayudya, Indonesia
- Belinda Azzahra, Indonesia
- Brandon Polo Ortiguerra, The Philippines
- Brenda Dany, Indonesia
- Britney Sarmen, The Philippines
- Carl alfred pauner, The Philippines
- Carlos Gusmao, Timor Leste
- Celestil Bron Bernas, The Philippines
- Chu Hui Ong, Malaysia
- Chue Myat Noe, Myanmar
- Clarisse, The Philippines
- Cornelia Callandra, Indonesia
- Cornelius Hanung, Indonesia
- Dahlia Faisal, Malaysia
- Daniel Timothy C. Samson, The Philippines
- DEVTANU BOSE, Other
- Dexter A. Galban, RN, RBP, MD-MBA, The Philippines
- Dhiraj Singh Gill, Malaysia
- Dian, Indonesia
- Duc Nguyen, Vietnam
- Dunne Schuster, The Philippines
- DWI MARYATI, Indonesia
- Ejalina Marques Cabral, Timor Leste
- Embun Sholeh , Indonesia
- Fang, Singapore
- Febrina, Indonesia
- Feliciano de Jesus Goncalves Aleixo, Timor Leste
- Ferdianos Roni Dias Soares, Timor Leste
- Fithriyyah , Indonesia
- Francis Jolbitado, The Philippines
- Gantar, Indonesia
- Hafidhoh Maulidiyah, Indonesia
- Hafidz, Indonesia
- Hannah, The Philippines
- Hastari, Indonesia
- Indira, Indonesia
- indra setiawan (indbrut), Indonesia
- Irine tessa koeswandini, Indonesia
- Jacquelline Valleser, The Philippines
- Janaanie, Malaysia
- Jasper, The Philippines
- Jedidiah Clement B. Sta. Monica, The Philippines
- Jen Quico, The Philippines
- Jennifer, The Philippines
- Jeremy Tan Fok Jun, Malaysia
- Jericho Siñel, The Philippines
- Joana Cassinerio, Thailand
- Joanalyn, The Philippines
- John, The Philippines
- John P., The Philippines
- Jomar Bartolome Buendia, The Philippines
- Jose, The Philippines
- Joshua Aggabao Hapinat, The Philippines
- Jourdane Nicole L. Bulosan, The Philippines
- Joyce De Luna, The Philippines
- Julia Marie Muyco , The Philippines
- Juvenia de Fátima Nunes, Timor Leste
- Karen, Indonesia
- Keanne Kylle Matillano, The Philippines
- Keith, The Philippines
- Khun Sint Phoo Wai, Myanmar
- Lawrence, The Philippines
- Le Thi Thach Thao, Vietnam
- Lee Wen Xuan, Malaysia
- Lemar C De Guia, The Philippines
- Lilitha Govindasamy, Malaysia
- Lin Thit Aung(Lloyds), Myanmar
- Lintang, Indonesia
- Luwel, The Philippines
- Mark Jay S. Juanitas, The Philippines
- Masako, Indonesia
- MATTHEW T. DELA CRUZ, The Philippines
- Maulina, Indonesia
- Me, Myanmar
- Mr. La Min Htum, Myanmar
- Muhammad Kenzo Baskoro, Indonesia
- Muhammad R, Indonesia
- Mutia, Indonesia
- Myat S, Myanmar
- Myat T, Myanmar
- Myat Thin, Myanmar
- Myo Myint Aung, Myanmar
- Natasha, The Philippines
- Nazurah, Brunei Darussalam
- Nina O., Indonesia
- Noi, The Philippines
- Noval Auliady, Indonesia
- Nur Aini Indah , Indonesia
- Nur Hanie Cayda, The Philippines
- Rangga Kaila Priandika, Indonesia
- Rahma, Indonesia
- Rachel Arinii, Indonesia
- Ribka, Indonesia
- Ronalyn C. Bustarga, The Philippines
- Ruthra Mary Ramachandran, Malaysia
- Sabrina , Brunei Darussalam
- Safina, Indonesia
- Sekarini Wukirasih, Indonesia
- Shabrina Fadhilah Warastri, Indonesia
- Shania Dias Monteiro , Timor Leste
- Sintya, Indonesia
- Sit Thway Aung, Myanmar
- Siti Humairoh, Indonesia
- Siti Jaafar, Brunei Darussalam
- Sittie Sarah S. Bangon , The Philippines
- syifa aulia, Indonesia
- Therese Marie Avanceña, The Philippines
- Thet Su, Myanmar
- Tsabita, Indonesia
- Vincent Chin Ming Fung , Malaysia
- Widhi Hanantyo Suryadinata, Indonesia
- Wint Cherry Khaing, Myanmar
- Yovela, Indonesia
- Zohaina M. Pasandalan, The Philippines
And 19 undisclosed young individuals
List of Supporting Organizations and Communities :
- Danao City Federation of Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines, The Philippines
- FORUM-ASIA, Regional Organization
- Helping hand internasional Indonesia , Indonesia
- Mahasiswa Peduli Corona, Indonesia
- Myanmar Human Rights Alliances Network(MHRAN), Myanmar
- One for Nursing Empowerment - Philippines, The Philippines
- Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta, Indonesia
- Pusat Komas, Malaysia
- Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente-University of San Carlos Chapter, RID 3860, The Philippines
- Rumah Rakyat (MyHouse), Malaysia
- Team Gracious Givers, Malaysia
- Team Gracious Givers, Malaysia
- Think Centre, Singapore
- Thirst Project Indonesia, Indonesia
- Transparency International Cambodia, Cambodia
- Youth Voices Count (YVC), Inc., Regional Organization / Community
- YouthWave Malaysia, Malaysia
List of Supporting Individuals:
- Ayoh, Indonesia
- Joel Mark Barredo, The Philippines
- Luz Indah, The Philippines