Charles Santiago
Charles Santiago
Charles Santiago is the Member of Parliament for Klang and Chair of Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights

Asean is increasingly viewed as a rich man’s club that pursues lucrative business opportunities at the expense of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Not only have Asean authorities failed to protect the most vulnerable, they have stayed silent as some leaders use the pandemic to consolidate their power.


A year ago, the new government took power on the back of a progressive manifesto that promised freedom from discrimination, but reforming 61 years of authoritarian rule will not happen overnight, writes Charles Santiago.

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