Indian Supreme Court stops woman human rights defender stopped from communicating with the UN
28 February 2011 2:46 pm

FORUM-ASIA received information regarding an order by Supreme Court of India banning Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a woman human rights defender (WHRD) from the state of Gujarat from communicating to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Supreme Court of India ordered Ms. Setalvad to stop communicating to the UN OHCHR [ Read more ]

16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
16 February 2011 9:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February to 25 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.   Date Topic Document Oral and Written Statements Feb-14 FORUM-ASIA: Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Papua, Indonesia (A/HRC/16/NGO/119) Written Statement Feb-14 INFID/Imparsial: Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia [ Read more ]

UPR of Burma: Total Denial in the Face of Widespread and Systematic Human Rights Violations
27 January 2011 3:52 pm

(27 January 2011, Geneva) Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva examined Burma's human rights record as part of its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Burma’s ruling military regime sent a large delegation to Geneva, led by Deputy Attorney General Dr. Tun Shin, who categorically denied state-orchestrated widespread, systematic and persistent human rights [ Read more ]

Nepal NGO Coalition Urges the Government to Take Proactive Leadership in Fulfilling Its Human Rights
26 January 2011 6:37 am

(25 January 2011, Geneva/Kathmandu) Today Nepal underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member States once every four years under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. During the three-hour session, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign [ Read more ]

Burma’s Grave Human Rights Situation Stands Before the UN’s Review
25 January 2011 11:14 am

(19 January 2011, Geneva/Chiang Mai) Representatives from the Burma Forum on the Universal Periodic Review (BF-UPR), a coalition of fourteen human rights and civil society organizations, are currently in Geneva to raise concerns over the grave human rights situation in Burma ahead of the country’s first Universal Periodic Review on 27 January. The Review comes [ Read more ]

Democracy in Asia Progress or Crisis?
24 January 2011 10:17 am

The Gwangju Asia Forum, 18 May 2010 During  2010  Gwangju  Asian  Forum,  FORUM-ASIA,  together  with People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), Solidarity for Democracy  Movement  in  Asia  (SDMA),  Asian  Regional  Exchange  for  New Alternatives  (ARENA)  and  Korean  Institute  of  Southeast  Asian  Studies KISEAS), organized a workshop with the title “Democracy in Asia: Progess or Crisis?”.  [ Read more ]

NGO Parallel Meeting to the Bali Democracy Forum 2010
12 December 2010 11:52 am

‘Advancing Democratic Governance in Asia: Challenges and Way Forward’ Bali, Indonesia December 8-9, 2010 This conference brought  together  movements  for  democracy  in  Asia  to  build capacity in advancing democracy in the region and devise a common strategy to accelerate democratization in Asia. The conference was organized in parallel to the Third Bali Democracy Forum (BDF III), on 10-11 December 2010. Documents: Final Conference Statement Action Plan Press [ Read more ]

Uphold Human Rights while Defending Democracy
9 December 2010 9:00 pm

The Bali Democracy Forum should adopt a human rights based approach in dealing with democracy and be more open to engagement with all stakeholders in democratization, a group of Asian non-governmental organizations (NGO) made the call today on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. PRESS RELEASE UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS WHILE DEFENDING DEMOCRACY (Denpasar, [ Read more ]

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
2 December 2010 9:00 pm

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy. Ms Sekaggaya is in Manila in an unofficial capacity to participate in a regional forum of human rights defenders from 2 [ Read more ]

Human Rights Council Review 2011
30 October 2010 3:27 am

The views from the ground also point out that the foremost obstacle hindering the Council from adequately addressing human rights violations is the tendency of States to respond to the interests of regional or political groups rather than human rights causes. The failure of the Council in addressing the issue of non-cooperation by States with [ Read more ]