Charles Santiago

Charles Santiago

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

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Opinion | Asean is falling short in duty to protect citizens’ 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.

29 Sep 2020 - 9:00AM

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.

Asean is falling short in duty to protect citizens’ human rights
On Reflection | Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan has mixed track record on changing human rights laws in Malaysia – but progress takes time

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.

15 May 2019 - 12:08PM

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.

Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan has mixed track record on changing human rights laws in Malaysia – but progress takes time