Although other continents around the world have established regional programs and mechanisms to address regional human rights concerns, human rights advocates in Asia have typically lacked common cross-regional platforms, linking countries together to address specific problems unique to the continent. This is particularly prevalent for the upcoming generation of human rights activists. For future human rights leaders based in Asia, the chance to both impart and receive knowledge from fellow activists, and gain practical and theoretical knowledge, is essential for forwarding the human rights movement on both a local and structural level.
The East Asia Young Activists Networking Program is directly designed to address this lack of consolidation. The EAYAN program is a unique interactive online and offline network for rising young human rights leaders. The program is for young professionals or activists under the age of 30 with passports from one of the following areas: Korea, Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. The EAYAN program seeks to: