Southeast and East Asia
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. In Southeast and East Asia, we have offices in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, and Yangon. We also work in Malaysia. The FNF regional team works with the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, the Working group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Asia Centre, and the ASEAN Prosperity Initiative, which is part of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
IDEAS 7th Liberalism Conference
The world has been hit by a multitude of crises, from economic downturns to geopolitical instability. While Malaysia escaped the worst of these, the problem of an unstable government and a weak economy remains. In these unstable times, there is a yearning among the people for a more authoritarian and “stable” government, which some believe can steer the country back onto the right track. Historically, major crises have been the harbinger of authoritarian governments. But are they correct? Does liberalism have the answers to deal with the crises facing the world today? How can liberals respond to growing authoritarianism?
Register for I4D Cafe: Unleash the Strength of Citizens’ Collaboration by Technology
In a democracy, people have the right to examine everything their government does, push it to do it better, and prevent it from infringing on people’s rights. However, not every citizen finds it easy to exercise these rights in the real world.
Human Rights Defenders 2022
Human rights lawyers will always be at the forefront of the struggle for fundamental and human rights under the rule of law. Lawyers are the most important profession for denouncing human rights violations and defending human rights. In interviews, Human Rights Defenders report on their work and their courageous fight against governments that are hostile to freedom and despise human rights. With a foreword by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and an outlook by Gerhart Baum.
Launch of the Next Normal Innovators
Entrepreneurship is a driving force in economic freedom. Startup entrepreneurship in particular has shaped and continues to shape our lives and our future through continuous innovation. We want to bring together innovators, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors leading the changes through this “Next Normal” environment.
Young Leader's Programme on Personal Finance
The Young Leader's Programme on Personal Finance aimed to provide students with a basic knowledge on personal finance and to bring young leader's from across Southeast and East Asia tow work together to produce a presentation on "how to invest your money in the ASEAN Market"
A gentleman with persuasive power
Last Saturday, Dr Christian Taaks passed away at the age of 61. Since 2018, he had been working for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom as project director in Korea. Whether it was the North Korea conflict or the Corona pandemic, Dr Taaks also analysed the political situation in Korea in numerous German media, including the tabloids. He explained patiently, factually and convincingly, with a liberal view. We mourn him and will not forget him.
Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: A Practitioner's GuideKit
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Southeast and East Asia and AmerBon Advocates have published a “GuideKit for Small and Medium Enterprises on Human Rights Compliance regarding the Environment and Labour”