Roundtable/Focus Group Creating Interconnected Civil Society between Southeast Asia and Taiwan in Response to the Trend of Shrinking Civic Space

Asia Citizen Future Association

Leah Lin, Executive Director, Asia Citizen Future Association
Doris Yang, Researcher, Asia Citizen Future Association

  • Friday, 26 May 2023 (Day 5)
  • 14:30 – 16:00 hrs (GMT+7)
  • CMU Art Center – Exhibition Hall 2

Governments in the region takes various tactics and restrictive measures to intimidate activists and cause the closing of civic space among the region. However, such flagrant repression does not stop civil society from their activism. In this session, we intend to navigate how CSOs and human rights activists in the region change their strategies, including tap into the online/virtual civic space, to continue their work despite the threats from expanding authoritarianism. ACFA also will share our findings on our current research on Taiwan’s civic space to see whether cross-subregional collaboration could bring changes.