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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 ]

Human Rights Council Review 2011
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 ]