On 4-6 November, 9-11 November 2015, and 7-9 December 2015, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) held
three installments of their workshop series “Advancing Atrocities Prevention in Southeast Asia” in Bangkok, Thailand; Jakarta, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, respectively. The organizers gathered civil society representatives from Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar in order to a) deepen support of and commitment to the prevention of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing in Southeast Asia; and b) strengthen early warning and response capacities at the domestic and regional levels to prevent and respond to atrocities. The overarching goal of the workshops was to develop civil society action plans for their countries on atrocities prevention.
This publication follows the structure of the workshops, by first describing how RtoP and atrocity prevention have been implemented at the regional level in Southeast Asia. Next, specific country contexts and the national relevance of RtoP to each country are discussed, as are how RtoP relates to thematic agendas important to civil society in the region. Finally, a description is provided of the participants’ analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing their countries when it comes to atrocities prevention; as well as the participants’ civil society action plans for each country on this issue.
Please note that the discussions following presentations were under Chatham House rules. Where requested, some names of presenters have also been retracted.