UN Human Rights Council 18th Regular Session
12 September 2011 7:02 am

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 12-30 September 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Oral and Written Statements 12 September – Item 2: Updates by the High Commissioner for Human Rights – General Debate 13 September – Panel Discussion on the Promotion and Protection of Human [ Read more ]

ANNI Regional Conference on the Engagement with the APF
7 September 2011 4:34 pm

Every year, since its establishment, the ANNI organizes an NGO meeting parallel to the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF): From 2007 to 2009, it co-organized the NGO meeting together with the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)  and the international Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP). In [ Read more ]

Welcome to our redesigned website!
6 September 2011 9:32 am

FORUM-ASIA has redesigned its website to make information here more useful. All content from the previous site are here, though  some of the links in this new format may not work properly. We will keep our old site up <>  until we have completed this review process.  Thank you for your patience.

NOTICE: This website is no longer being updated
4 September 2011 9:00 pm

You have reached the old format of the FORUM-ASIA website. We have stopped updating this site as of 5 September 2011, but we will continue to put it up as we review and fix the broken links at the new site.

Global Civil Society Coalition Welcomes the Philippines as the 117th State Party to the International Criminal Court
30 August 2011 7:06 am

Manila Continues Southeast Asia’s Push towards Ending Impunity Manila/New York-The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a global network of some 2,500 non-governmental and civil society organizations in 150 countries, commends the Philippines for its decision to join the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). By depositing its instrument of [ Read more ]

Regional Consultation on Development and Human Rights
21 August 2011 11:42 am

FORUM-ASIA and Dignity International co-organised this regional consultation, on 17-19 August 2011, which aims to: To enhance a common understanding on the interdependence and mutual reinforcement of development and human rights with a view to holding Asian States accountable to their economic, social and cultural rights obligations; To discuss opportunities for human rights advocacy during [ Read more ]

Towards a Regional Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia
28 July 2011 5:19 am

FORUM-ASIA and civil society organizations in South Asia have been carrying out number of activities on the advocacy for the regional mechanism in South Asia. The following are some documents from activities carried out on this advocacy: Kathmandu Statement – 2011, Outcome Document of the Second Sub-Regional Workshop on Human Rights Mechanism in South Asia, [ Read more ]

New Publication: Urgent Responses For WHRDs At Risk: Mapping And Preliminary Assessment
24 June 2011 5:33 am

This report describes the types of resources and strategies available to respond to urgent situations of violence against women human rights defenders (WHRDs) as well as some of the organizations that offer them.  In order to help WHRDs identify the resources and tools available, a main component of “Urgent Responses” is a table that provides [ Read more ]

16 June 2011 3:06 am

A video highlighting the struggles and triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights defenders in Asia and promoting the use of international human rights law as a tool for social change. Courage Unfolds is the culmination of two and a half years of gathering stories from sixteen countries across Asia. LGBT Asians [ Read more ]

17th HRC Parallel Event: Lack of reporting of cases of reprisals: exploring ways forward
9 June 2011 9:13 am

This panel discussion will seek to explore ways in which various actors can raise awareness about and increase the effectiveness of the Council’s efforts to combat reprisals, including by improving protection for those concerned. Human Rights Council Resolution 12/2 invites the Secretary-General to provide the Council with a ‘compilation and analysis of any available information’ [ Read more ]