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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 ]

AICHR: A window dressing for ASEAN’s Commitment to Human Rights
27 October 2010 2:01 pm

(Launching of the SAPA-TFAHR’s Report on the Performance of the AICHR on its first Anniversary ) One year since the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was inaugurated in on 23 October 2009, we, the Solidarity for Asian Peoples’ Advocacy Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TF-AHR), have prepared a report to [ Read more ]

15th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
21 September 2010 2:13 am

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the UN Human Rights Council 15th Session on 13 September to 1 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.    Date Topic Link to Document  Oral/Written Statements  16-Sep Item 2 & 3: OHCHR Reports on Regional Human Rights Arrangements  Oral Statement  16-Sep Item 3: The 2nd Phase of the World Programme [ Read more ]

UN Human Rights Council 15th Regular Session
2:13 am

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the UN Human Rights Council 15th Session on 13 September to 1 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.   Date Topic Link to Document Oral/Written Statements 16-Sep Item 2 & 3: OHCHR Reports on Regional Human Rights Arrangements Oral Statement 16-Sep Item 3: The 2nd Phase of the World Programme [ Read more ]

It is AICHR’s turn to move forward to promote and protect human rights in Southeast Asia
19 September 2010 11:25 pm

This is the press statement released at the end of the 3rd Regional Consultation Meeting on ASEAN and Human Rights, held in Kuala Lumpur during 16-19 September 2010, by the SAPA Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights. We, the Solidarity for Asian Peoples’ Advocacy Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TF-AHR), would [ Read more ]

(COMMENTARY) Rising Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia
26 August 2010 12:00 pm

The month of August 2010 did not start well for Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia. Since the beginning of the month, Human Rights Defenders have been subject to a series of harassment incidents. There is validity in raising concerns regarding these incidents as it may signal a turn towards even more repression against human rights [ Read more ]

UN Special Rapporteur on Burma remarks on ASEAN’s 43rd anniversary
11 August 2010 12:00 pm

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar recently visited Jakarta on the occasion of ASEAN's 43rd anniversary. In a speech he delivered at a meeting organized jointly by the by Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), South East Asia People’s Center (SEAPC) and FORUM-ASIA, he underlined the crucial role of ASEAN in [ Read more ]

Call for applications: The 14th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders
12:17 am

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) would like to announce the opening of the application process for the 14th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (ATSS), to take place in Bangkok from 17 to 29 October 2010. Since 1997 FORUM-ASIA has been organising the ATSS on an annual basis [ Read more ]

Call for applications: The 14th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders
12:17 am

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) would like to announce the opening of the application process for the 14th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (ATSS), to take place in Bangkok from 17 to 29 October 2010. Since 1997 FORUM-ASIA has been organising the ATSS on an annual basis [ Read more ]

MALAYSIA: Fact-finding report sparks government denial, action
18 July 2010 12:00 pm

A report released by a fact-finding mission investigating the rapes of indigenous Penan women in Sarawak, Malaysia has touched off various reactions from different Malaysian government agencies, ranging from denials of the rapes, pledges of investigation, and a visit by the Malaysian Prime Minister to the indigenous territory. A report released by a fact-finding mission [ Read more ]