This is a platform for all those engaged in using law as a resource for empowering the poor and the marginalized. The platform emerged out of a workshop that brought together a small number of organizations and individuals using law as resource for dignity and justice. The statement adopted at the workshop that is reproduced below provides the basis for this platform.

“We, the participants of the Workshop on “Law in the Struggle for Dignity and Justice”, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 21-23, 2015, organised by the Office of the Law Reform Commission of Thailand and the Asian Institute for Human Rights, express utmost appreciation of the very rich discussion that happened during the workshop.   The diverse expertise, experiences and strategies shared by the participants demonstrate the value of the work of many lawyers, paralegals and activists who are involved in the use of the law as a resource for advancing the rights of disadvantaged groups. The workshop strengthened the bond among the participants, knowing that, while they work in different countries in the region and operate in different contexts, they are united by a common goal, and connected by their common course of action.

The sharing among the participants became a good venue for the collective identification of common challenges and strategies to address these.  We commit to continue this fruitful sharing of information, and to pursue further cooperation with the objective of strengthening the organizations and individuals engaged in this line of advocacy, and enhancing collaborative action among these groups in South and Southeast Asia.   Starting with the dissemination of the presentations and discussions during the workshop, we shall endeavour to explore other ways of helping each other, reaching out to similar groups, and collectively continuing the advocacy on the use of the law in the continuing struggle for dignity and justice.”

The organizations and individuals who participated in this workshop are:

CambodiaCambodia

⟩⟩ Executive Director
⟩⟩ Legal Aid of Cambodia
⟩⟩ Email: lacdirector@online.com.kh

NepalNepal

⟩⟩ Advocate
⟩⟩ Forum for Women, Law and Development
⟩⟩ Email: gsushama8@yahoo.com, fwld2013@gmail.com

MalaysiaMalaysia

⟩⟩ Co-Chairperson
⟩⟩ Human Rights Committee
⟩⟩ Malaysia Bar Council
⟩⟩ Email: honeytan@gmail.com

BangladeshBangladesh

⟩⟩ Senior Coordinator
⟩⟩ Human Rights Awareness Unit
⟩⟩ Ain o Salish Kendra
⟩⟩ Email: hitto8888@yahoo.com

philippinesPhilippines

⟩⟩ Executive Director
⟩⟩ SALIGAN
⟩⟩ Email: hazellavitoria@gmail.com
⟩⟩ National Coordinator
⟩⟩ Alternative Law Groups
⟩⟩ Philippines
⟩⟩ Email: mjmanuel19@yahoo.com, secretariat@alternativelawgroups.org

IndonesiaIndonesia

⟩⟩ Director
⟩⟩ LBH Jakarta (Jakarta Legal Aid Institute)
⟩⟩ Indonesia
⟩⟩ Email: febionesta@gmail.com

myanmarMyanmar

⟩⟩ Senior Lawyer
⟩⟩ Ukyaw Myint Law Firm
⟩⟩ Email: ukm.lawfirm.mm@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Advocate, Kyauk Phyu Bar
⟩⟩ Director
⟩⟩ Yangon Justice Center
⟩⟩ Email: yjcdirectortw@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Advocate, Mandalay Bar
⟩⟩ Email: hlakoadvocate@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Advocate
⟩⟩ Myint Thwin Law Firm
⟩⟩ Legal Advisor
⟩⟩ Advocate and Writer
⟩⟩ Lawyer
⟩⟩ Pandita Development Institute
⟩⟩ Email: pyainyeinkyaw@pandita.asia
⟩⟩ Phd Candidate
⟩⟩ Institue of Human Rights and peace Studies
⟩⟩ Mahidol University , Thailand
⟩⟩ Email: mtaung527@gmail.com

ThailandThailand

⟩⟩ Legal Officer
⟩⟩ ENLAWTHAI Foundation (EnLAW)
⟩⟩ Email: orm2903@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Migrant Justice Project at Mahachai
⟩⟩ Human Rights and Development Foundation
⟩⟩ Email: sammon@hrdfoundation.org
⟩⟩ Center for Protection and Revival of Community Rights
⟩⟩ Email: napaporn.lawyer@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Lawyer
⟩⟩ Earthrights International
⟩⟩ Email: kansft@hotmail.com
⟩⟩ Lawyer
⟩⟩ Community Resource Center
⟩⟩ sorrattana1@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Lawyer
⟩⟩ Human Rights and Development Foundation
⟩⟩ Email: sunida.piyakun@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Lawyer
⟩⟩ Human Rights and Development Foundation
⟩⟩ tongchumnum@gmail.com, preeda@hrdfoundation.org
⟩⟩ Executive Board
⟩⟩ Human Rights Development Foundation
⟩⟩ Email: yadadear@gmail.com

IndiaIndia

⟩⟩ Human Rights Advocate
⟩⟩ Email: advmaria@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Advocate
⟩⟩ Supreme Court of India
⟩⟩ Email: shomona@gmail.com

Organizers

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⟩⟩ Commissioner
⟩⟩ Email: shomlaor@gmail.com, somchai@hrdfoundation.org
⟩⟩ Academic Deputy Secretary General
⟩⟩ Email: noksayamol@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Assistant to Commissioner (Mr. Somchai Homlaor)
⟩⟩ Email: Phattranit.y@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Law Reform Scholar
⟩⟩ Email: youngbarrister@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Law Reform Scholar
⟩⟩ Email: patt255@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Administrative Officer
⟩⟩ Email: wanlaya.nu@gmail.com

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⟩⟩ Chairperson
⟩⟩ Email: pjsan713@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Advisory Board Member India
⟩⟩ Email: ravindran52@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Director
⟩⟩ Email: kalpalata@aihr.info, kalpalatad@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Assistant, Director/Chairperson
⟩⟩ Email: yaowai26@yahoo.com
⟩⟩ Financial Officer
⟩⟩ Email: finance@hrdfoundation.org

F.K. Fellows

⟩⟩ Fredskorpset Exchange Fellow
⟩⟩ Host Organization: SAMATA Foundation, Nepal
⟩⟩ Home Organization: Asian Institute for Human Rights and Centre for Human Rights Studies, Bangladesh
⟩⟩ Email: faz.bangladesh@yahoo.com
⟩⟩ Fredskorpset Exchange Fellow
⟩⟩ Host Organization: Asian Institute for Human Rights
⟩⟩ Home Organization: Asian Institute for Human Rights and Centre for Human Rights Studies, Bangladesh
⟩⟩ Email: nasrinniru01@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Fredskorpset Exchange Fellow
⟩⟩ Host Organization: Human Rights and Development Foundation
⟩⟩ Home Organization: Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, (LBH Jakarta)
⟩⟩ Email: adewkompaker@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Fredskorpset Exchange Fellow
⟩⟩ Host Organization: U Kyaw Myint Law Firm, Myanmar
⟩⟩ Home Organization: Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, (LBH Jakarta)
⟩⟩ Email: maruli_rajagukguk@yahoo.com
⟩⟩ Fredskorpset Exchange Fellow
⟩⟩ Host Organization: ENLAWTHAI Foundation
⟩⟩ Home Organization: U Kyaw Myint Law Firm, Myanmar
⟩⟩ Email: aungkyaw120@gmail.com
⟩⟩ Host Organization: ENLAWTHAI Foundation/Human Rights and Development Foundation
⟩⟩ Home Organization: U Kyaw Myint Law Firm