Plenary Program & Speakers

Plenary 1: Mapping and Reclaiming Lost Ground: 10 October, 16.00 – 17.40

azmiDr. Azmi Sharom (Chair) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. He is the Head of the Human Rights Research Group in his Faculty and he is one of the co-founders of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN). He teaches Environmental Law and Human Rights Law.


spDr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree is a faculty member at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand. She is also the Chair of the PhD Human Rights Program. From October 2009 to December 2012, she was the Thai Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Since 2009, she has been serving as the convener of the ASEAN University Network-Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE). She is one of the co-founders of SEAHRN.


ka Dr. Kamarulzaman Askandar is a professor in political science at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia, and a specialist in conflict resolution. He currently heads the Research & Education for Peace Unit at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, a regional base for the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN), which he also coordinates. He is one of the co-founders of SEAHRN.


rdMr. Rafendi Djamin is the Regional Director for South East Asia and Pacific of Amnesty   International, and the former Executive Director of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), a permanent coalition of Indonesian NGO’s for International Human Rights Advocacy based in Jakarta. He served as the first Indonesian Representative for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) from 2009-2015, and held a position as the Chair of AICHR in 2011.


ebt H.E. Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon is the new Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) for the term 2016-2018. He is presently the Head of Chambers (Civil), practicing under AmerBON Advocates. Mr. Edmund Bon is currently a Member of Bar Council Malaysia. He previously chaired a number of Committees under the flagship of the Bar Council Malaysia such as the Committees of Constitutional Law, National Young Lawyers and Human Rights.



Plenary 2: Climate Change, Human Rights and Security: 11 October, 9.00 – 10.30

maMs. Melizel Asuncion (Chair), a lawyer by profession; Melizel has been involved in human rights work for the last 16 years. She is the Research and Stakeholder Engagement Programs Manager in Verité Southeast Asia. She is a co-founder of SEAHRN and is currently the Secretariat Director of the SHAPE-SEA Programme. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.


wpMs. Wanun Permpibul is currently the Director of Climate Watch Thailand, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, focusing on climate policies and actions, covering both mitigation of greenhouse gases, resilience building, and adaptation towards a just and sustainable society. She is the coordinator of the Asia Climate Change Consortium (ACCC) – an Asia regional platform of more than 20 CSOs in Asia that advocates for global temperature limit of 1.5 Degrees Celsius. She is the coordinator of Climate Action Network (CAN) Thailand, which is a part of the global CAN network of more than 900 climate NGOs in more than 100 countries.

mcMs.  Marion Cabrera is a Programme Officer of Feminist Law and Practice at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development where she handles the Feminist Law and Practice Programme and the Feminist Learning Institute.  Marion is a feminist activist, has been working in the area of development and human rights. She has worked with both national and regional organisations as a trainer, researcher, campaigner and manager and helps strengthen women’s knowledge and capacity on feminist analysis, leadership and advocacy building.

Mr. Naderev ‘Ynseb’ Saño
is a veteran and high-profile climate activist and is the newly appointed Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA). Before taking the helm at GPSEA, Yeb embarked on a 930-mile People’s Pilgrimage from Rome to Paris to demand world leaders to take climate action at the Paris COP. Yeb was the Philippines’ Chief Negotiator in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His impassioned speech in Warsaw in 2013 on the effects of climate change following Typhoon Haiyan touched                                                                       hearts and minds  around the world.

mpMs. Maureen Penjeuli is the Director of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific and Coordinator of the Pacific Network of Globalisation.



Plenary 3: Cyberspace and Human Rights: 12 October, 9.00 – 10.30


Dr. Mike Hayes (Chair)  is currently is the Chair of the Masters in Human Rights and Democratization program at the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. He also teaches in a number of university programs and professional courses throughout South East Asia, mainly in the areas of human rights and development. He is involved in research in non-citizen rights, new media, and capacity development.




Mr.  Edgardo Legaspi is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). He serves as the Alerts and Communication officer and is in charge of monitoring and publicizing incidents of freedom of expression violations in the sub-region, with a focus on press and internet freedom.



prDr. Pirongrong Ramsoota Rananantand is currently Head of the Department of Journalism and Information at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University. She is also Director of the Media Policy C enter (MPC) which is a collaborative project between the Faculty of Communication Arts and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of Thailand. Her research interests include media policy and regulation, social implications of ICTs, and media and democratization.


11949394_10207472888440630_5298900966162333780_nMr.  Chad Patrick Osorio currently works as a Research Associate at UP Law Center’s Institute of International Legal Studies, focusing on the application of international law policies for the marginalized, particularly in post-disaster areas. He has worked as a United Nations Legal Intern in Cambodia with the Virtual Tribunal, under its international public affairs division. He teaches online courses for Careerline Courses in Asia and Australia, including Criminal Psychology and Legal Terminology.

as Mr.   Arthit Suriyawongkul is co-founder of the Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN), based in Bangkok. With TNN and their partners, including human rights lawyers and academics, he helps fight court cases related to freedom of expression online, produces recommendations for Internet and information policies, and organizes forums on technology and current issues. Before joining TNN, Arthit was in software industry and linguistic research, receiving training in artificial intelligence and anthropology.