By February 14, 2020 Advocacy, Newsroom, Regional, Showcase

A new report designed to help advance LGBTI relationship rights in the Asia Pacific region has been released by APCOM to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Legal Recognition Of Same-Sex Relationships In Asia has been prepared by Professor Douglas Sanders from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok. The report has been produced with the support of APCOM.

The report provides a brief but useful summary of issues which are relevant to people in gay and lesbian relationships right across the Asia region, including information on the status of key laws and legal provisions affecting same sex couples and their children.

The report notes how same sex couples can use wills, powers of attorney, joint ownership and legal guardianship laws to create legal frameworks for their relationships. It also notes how household registration systems in some countries can be used to provide a same-sex relationship with legal status.

Also of interest for Valentine’s Day is the Asia Pacific Marriage Equality Strategy Meeting Report.

Produced by APCOM in partnership with Freedom to Marry, the 3-day meeting was held just over a year ago in Bangkok and was attended by leading marriage equality advocates from Cambodia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report provides a valuable summary of the information, strategies and content which was shared over the course of the meeting to help advance the campaign for marriage equality across the Asia Pacific region.

And don’t forget the very moving video that APCOM produced last year promoting marriage equality in Thailand. This video focuses on the story of Joice and Hun and the acceptance of their relationship by family and friends in their small rural village. 

Story of Joice and Hun