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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 ]

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 ]