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23rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, 27 May-14 June 2013
31 May 2013 6:04 pm

The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 23rd regular session (HRC-23) from 27 May to 14 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during this session will appear on this page.

Call for Papers – Sur: International Journal on Human Rights
7 May 2013 3:39 pm

Deadline: June 15, 2013 Conectas Human Rights, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, CIVICUS: Worldwide Alliance for Citizen Participation and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles for Sur Journal’s Issue No. 19, to be published in December 2013, with a focus on Foreign Policy and Human Rights. Sur – [ Read more ]

Women Human Rights Defenders Briefing Points Towards the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
28 February 2013 4:52 pm

Under the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, States have an obligation to protect WHRDs, which includes ensuring gender sensitive protection measures to threats, violence, retaliation and adverse discrimination faced by WHRDs. Primarily, the concern for an enabling and secure environment for WHRDs originates from basic recognition of the significant role of WHRDs in [ Read more ]

21st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council 10-28 September 2012
10 September 2012 12:32 pm

The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 21st regular session (HRC-21) from 10 until 28 September 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during this session will appear on this page. Oral Statements 14 September 2012 – Item 3: Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural [ Read more ]

20th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council 18 June – 6 July 2012
14 June 2012 12:11 pm

The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 20th regular session (HRC-20) from 18 June until 6 July in Geneva, Switzerland. FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during this session will appear on this page. Oral Statements 21 June 2012 – Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of assembly [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Second Universal Periodic Review (Side Event by FORUM-ASIA & HRWG)
24 May 2012 5:31 pm

Since Indonesia’s first Working Group session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2008, some positive developments have been recognized by civil society in the country, particularly the landmark ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as [ Read more ]

India: Second Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council: Government’s Unfulfilled Promises, Unmet Challenges
24 May 2012 3:38 pm

Press Release by the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) New Delhi, May 21, 2012 – India’s human rights record will be reviewed on May 24, 2012 in Geneva by the inter-governmental Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations (UN). The appraisal of India’s human rights situation will take [ Read more ]

19th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council 27 February – 23 March 2012
27 February 2012 11:12 pm

The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 19th regular session (HRC-19) from 27 February until 23 March in Geneva, Switzerland. FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during this session will appear on this page.   Oral Statements 5 March – Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, [ Read more ]

Thailand: The Nation ” UN expert studying Thai freedom of speech, lese majeste law “
12 January 2012 4:25 pm

A senior United Nations expert is on a private visit to Bangkok to discuss and monitor freedom of expression in the Kingdom, especially the controversial lese-majeste law. Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, issued a statement last year expressing concern [ Read more ]

Thailand: Prachatai ” UN will continue pressure Thai govt to amend 112: UN Special Rapporteur “
12 January 2012 4:16 pm

January 10, 2012 — UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue, said he will continue to pressure the Thai government to amend the lèse majesté law, as well as provide technical support for the authorities where necessary. During his visit to the Prachatai office in Bangkok on Tuesday (January 10), [ Read more ]