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COVID-19 & Southeast Asia

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm BMT

Since February 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted both the public health and economies in countries in Southeast Asia. Many Countries have imposed lock down on their citizens, while the economy is going into despair. The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected democracy and human rights throughout the region. In Southeast Asia, there has been a regression of freedom of speech and democracy. As more and more populist governments have gotten into power and crackdowns on freedom of speech are becoming rampant. As a reaction to the pandemic, governments in the region impose a variety of laws, legislations, task forces and policies that are implemented in order to combat COVID-19. But what has happened is that COVID-19 related laws and regulation are used to silence critics, expand executive powers and manipulate online discourse, collectively regressing democracy and human rights in the region. 

This seminar will take stock of how the COVID-19 public health crisis has adversely accentuated democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia, especially as a result of governments’ responses (e.g.legislation, temporary laws, and policies and practices) to the global pandemic.


Moderator: Ajarn Kotchaphop Kornphetcharat, Faculty of Political Science

3.00 PM     Welcome Remarks, Dr.Titipol Phakdeewanich, Dean, Faculty of Political Science, Ubon Ratchathani University 

3.10 PM     MOU Signing, Asia Centre – Faculty of Political Science Ubon Ratchathani University 

3.20 PM     Lecture: COVID-19 & Southeast Asia, Dr. James Gomez,Regional Director,  Asia Centre 

4.00 PM     Discussant: Dr. Sirinbhattra Sathabhornwong, Faculty of Political Science 

4.10 PM     Q&A Session, 

4.30 PM     End of Seminar 


Date: Friday, 26 February 2021 

Time: 3.00 PM- 4.30 PM

Venue: Ubon Ratchathani University


Signup Link: http://bit.ly/3nD6Tqt


February 26
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm BMT


ASIA Centre


Ubon Rathcathani University
85 Sathonlamak Rd Mueang Si Khai, Warin Chamrap District,
Ubon Ratchathani, 34190 Thailand
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