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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 ]

Campaign Video: COURAGE UNFOLDS
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 ]

4th UN Advocacy Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (UNATS)
3 June 2011 4:03 am

The upcoming 4th UN Advocacy Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (UNATS) is a "Training of Trainers (TOT)" in order to increase the pool of expertise, resource persons and trainers in the region on the use of the UN human rights system. It will be held in Bangkok on 17-22 OCTOBER 2011. [ Read more ]

Human Rights Council 17th Regular Session
27 May 2011 3:25 pm

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 30 May to 17 June 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Final Recommendations of the CICC Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy Meeting
11 May 2011 11:41 pm

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Philippine Coalition for the ICC (PCICC) organized the “Regional Strategy Meeting for Asia and the Pacific” in Quezon City, The Philippines, from 11-12 April, 2011, to form strategies to move forward support for justice and accountability throughout the region. The meeting brought together non-governmental organizations [ Read more ]

Corporate Social Responsibility in ASEAN Needs to Emphasize “Responsibility”
1 May 2011 9:00 pm

Thousands of communities throughout ASEAN are living under dire threat because of irresponsible corporate behavior which has continued because state agencies were connected in some way to harmful projects or simply apathetic. People from affected communities in Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand today shared their experience of serious human rights abuses including killings, forced [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Withdraw Flawed Draft NGO and Association Law
6 April 2011 9:00 pm

Cambodia’s draft law regulating associations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should be abandoned because it will undermine rather than promote civil society in the country, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Forum-Asia, Global Witness, Southeast Asia Press Alliance, Frontline Defenders, and FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders [ Read more ]

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 ]