Charles Santiago, Malaysia
Charles Santiago is a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Klang constituency in Selangor. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition. Santiago was first elected to Parliament in 2008, winning the seat of Klang from the governing Barisan Nasional coalition. Prior to his election, Santiago was an economist and worked for non-governmental organizations such as the Coalition Against Water Privatisation and Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation Malaysia.
Eva Kusuma Sundari, Indonesia
Eva Kusuma Sundari is a member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia. First elected in 2004, Sundari represents the Indonesian Democratic Struggle Party (PDI-P). In Parliament, she is a member of Commission XI (2014-2019), which focuses on economics, finance, and banking. In addition to her work with APHR, she is a member of the International Task Force of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. Before becoming a member of Parliament, Sundari was active in the women’s movement and NGOs.
Kasit Piromya, Thailand
Kasit Piromya is a former Thai diplomat, foreign minister, and member of the Thai Parliament. He was until August 2017 a member of the National Reform Steering Assembly of Thailand, where he served as first Deputy Chair of the Political Reform Steering Committee. He retired from the diplomatic service after serving as an ambassador to multiple nations. He then became a political activist and joined the Democrat Party. Kasit served as Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2011 and subsequently became a member of the House of Representatives shortly before the 2014 Thai coup.
U Shwe Maung, Myanmar
U Shwe Maung was a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw (People’s Assembly) in Myanmar representing Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State, from 2011 to 2016. During his time in Parliament, he was a member of the Reform and Modernization Assessment Committee. He has strong interest and expertise in issues of freedom of religion and interfaith dialogue.
Charles Chong, Singapore
Charles Chong is a member of the Parliament of Singapore from the governing People’s Action Party (PAP) and currently serves as the Parliament’s Deputy Speaker. Chong is an aircraft engineer by training. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988 and was re-elected seven times, most recently in 2015. Chong has served in several Government Parliamentary Committees including Manpower, National Development, Transport, Defence and Foreign Affairs, and Environment and Water Resources.
Mu Sochua, Cambodia
Mu Sochua is a member of the National Assembly of Cambodia, representing Battambang for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). She has been in Parliament since 2008 and previously served as Cambodia’s Minister of Women’s Affairs from 1998 to 2004. In addition to her work in government, she has spent decades as a human rights advocate, particularly for marginalized groups including migrants, workers, and women. She helped draft and pass Cambodia’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill, and has also worked on campaigns to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, support female entrepreneurs, and develop communities for squatters.
Walden Bello, Philippines
Walden Bello is a Filipino author, academic, and political analyst. He a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Bello previously served as a member of the Philippines House of Representatives from the political party Akbayan from 2009 to 2015. He resigned from Congress in March 2015 in protest over what he considered President Aquino’s budgetary mismanagement, handling of the Mamasapano anti-terrorist raid that derailed the peace process in the Southern Philippines, and failure to support the passage of the Freedom of Information Act.
Teddy Baguilat, Philippines
Teddy Brawner Baguilat is a Member of the House of Representatives in The Philippines, representing the lone district of Ifugao. In his 7th year as Congressman, he was entrusted to head two of the most significant committees – the Committee on National Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples and the Committee on Agrarian Reform. In addition to his work with APHR, he is currently the Chair-elect of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development and the Vice Chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development, and has been a strong advocate against extrajudicial killings in his country.