Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The students of the UP Asian Center, PS 282 will be holding the webinar, “Human Rights Issues in the Global South: The Case of Myanmar in the Context of ASEAN,” on 6 June 2022, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Philippine time via Zoom. The webinar is free and open to the public, but registration and signing in to a (free) Zoom account are required.


As mandated by the ASEAN Charter, the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) established the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) that aims to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples across the region. It aims “to promote human rights within the regional context, bearing in mind national and regional particularities and mutual respect for different historical, cultural and religious backgrounds, and taking into account the balance between rights and responsibilities.” To do so, ASEAN, through the AICHR, hopes to enhance awareness on human rights through education and information dissemination initiatives.
The United Nations described Rohingyas as “the world's most persecuted minority.” In this regard, this webinar seeks to further deepen understanding on the human rights situation in ASEAN with a specific focus on Myanmar. Specifically, it aims to gain additional knowledge on the role of AICHR in protecting and promoting the rights of the diverse peoples in the region.


H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum is Indonesia’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). From 2014 to 2018, she worked as the senior advisor to the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), a regional network of current and former parliamentarians who use their unique positions to advance human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia. In the same period, she also worked as the team leader of the EU-ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue (READI) Human Rights Facility. Before working in the ASEAN, she worked in various international and non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam International, Forum Asia, Child Workers in Asia, Terre des Hommes Netherlands, American Center for International Solidarity (ACILS), and the Indonesian National Commission for Child Protection. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at The Global Governance Law and Social Justice, at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has a master’s degree in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand and a Diploma in Library Science from the University of Indonesia.


Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea currently serves as a Professorial Lecturer of the UP Asian Center and the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). She is also Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on Gender and Women’s Studies, a member of the Advisory Council of the TESDA Women’s Center, and Vice President of the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation.
Ms. Mary Aileen D. Bacalso is currently the president of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED).



The event is organized by the students of the UP Asian Center Philippine Studies 282 (The Philippines in the Global South) class of Prof. Henelito Sevilla, Jr., Ph.D. for the second semester, A.Y. 2021–2022.
PS 282 – The Philippines in the Global South aims to contribute to imagining and articulating Philippine external relations using an alternative axis - the Global North/South. It examines the structure of the political system, political culture, political economy, and the major current political issues in the Global South as they relate to the pursuit of the Philippines’ geopolitical objectives.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.