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May 2019


The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) is welcoming the initiative of the Asian youth to form an alliance in Asia to foster youth engagement in democracy promotion.


During the annual event, Cultivating Next Generation Democracy Advocates: Asia Democracy Youth Network Consultation co-hosted by the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) held from 15-19 May 2019 in Gwangju, Korea, 16 youth representatives from various regional democracy and human rights organizations, members of academia, legislators, and democrat stakeholders have agreed to commit in pursuing unity within the youth to establish the first umbrella youth network focusing on democracy promotion in the region.


Youth has always been in the frontlines of human rights and democracy promotion, but unfortunately there has been a lack of opportunities and programs to motivate and cultivate youth activists to become empowered and come together in unity to sustain the democracy movement in Asia.


During the Gwangju consultation, youth were committed to pursue the following:


  • Recognize the importance of building efforts to connect with other youth leaders in the region in solidarity.
  • Realize the need to build a strategy to increase access of knowledge on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democracy to include grass-roots and youth groups who are still unassailable and unreachable by the current educational system and demand the academic freedom.
  • Enhance engagement and participation of the youth in the political landscape and decision-making processes, disregard of differences in ability, age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status/class, and ethnicities.
  • Pushing meaningful engagement in pro-democracy movement as part of democracy gatekeeper against the power of authoritarian behavior in Asia.


The youth participants, representatives from such as Law Life Culture, NGO Federation of Nepal, ASEAN Youth Forum, CALD Youth, GPPAC-SEA, SOGIE CAUCUS, National Youth Equity Forum (NYEF) to name a few, have committed to serve as the focal point and agreed to strive to compliment all efforts in strengthening democracy in the region.


The network is an open youth movement of democracy youth advocates who are like minded and committed to promoting and defending democracy and protect fundamental freedoms in Asia. For those who want to join the movement, are encouraged to apply.


So, we are the youth who pledge and commit to building youth democratic unity in Asia and become the focal point in raising awareness for this endeavor:


  1. Satyendra Kumar, National Youth Equity Forum (NYEF), India
  2. Rezaur Rahman Lenin, Law Life Culture, Bangladesh
  3. Alyssa Suico, DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Philippines
  4. Bhawana Bhatta, Women Dialogue Forum/NGO Federation of Nepal, Nepal
  5. Nomingerel Khuyag, Women for Change NGO, Mongolia
  6. Gerelee Odonchimed, Women for Change NGO, Mongolia
  7. Ted Hui Chi-fung, Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  8. Zay Linn Mon, Yangon Youth Network, Myanmar
  9. Aulia Rachmah Putri, International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), Indonesia
  10. Somaly Kum, Cambodia
  11. Devandy Ario Putro, ASEAN Youth Forum, ASEAN
  12. Siripa Intavichein, Council of ASEAN Liberals and Democrats Youth, ASEAN
  13. Nikita Rahkyani, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India
  14. Sar Mory, Cambodian Youth Network (CYN), Cambodia
  15. Soo Yon Suh, Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asia Regional
  16. Inae Joo, Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asia Regional
  17. Lini Zurlia (ASEAN SOGIE Caucus)





Please find the PDF version of the full statement HERE: Youth Dem Network Announcement 0812