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FORUM-ASIA attending the Gwangju Asia Forum 2015
12 May 2015 6:49 pm

From 15-18 May FORUM-ASIA will be attending the Gwangju Asia Forum 2015. The Gwangju Asia Forum offers a platform for activists to share their experiences and discuss ways to strengthen the solidarity among people working for human rights, peace and the improvement of democracy in Asia. The Gwangju Asia Forum is organized every year by [ Read more ]

HRC28 Side Event: Political Transition, Democracy and Human Rights: The Experience in Burma and Sri Lanka
19 March 2015 5:15 pm

HRC28 Side Event – Backtracking full circle: Evaporating reforms in Burma
16 March 2015 3:39 pm

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New FORUM-ASIA Video – “Let’s Protect Human Rights Defenders”
10 March 2015 6:50 pm

The meaning of human rights would be lost if there was no one to speak about them and defend them wherever and whenever they are violated. In this sense, human rights defenders (HRDs) play a crucial role in monitoring and challenging human rights abuses and violations, contributing as well to the dissemination and safeguard of [ Read more ]

#HRC28 Side Event- Promoting a safe & enabling environment for Asian HRDs: Panel Discussion on the Follow up to resolution 22/6 in Asia
6 March 2015 7:56 pm

It has been two years since the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution 22/6 in which the Council unanimously called upon governments to create a safe and enabling domestic environment for human rights defenders (HRDs). In this context the Council called upon states to keep legislation that affects HRDs in line with international [ Read more ]

Call for Applications: 3rd Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy (GALA Academy)
4 February 2015 12:59 pm

The Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia (GALA) Academy is a joint initiative by three leading regional civil society networks working in the field of human rights, development and democracy in Asia – namely, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and Asia Democracy Network (ADA)- with the aim to [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA Welcomes the Release of Irom Sharmila
22 January 2015 6:38 pm

(Bangkok, 22 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the verdict of a Manipur court to release Irom Sharmila from judicial custody. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for over 14 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). The court has once again [ Read more ]

International Human Rights Day
10 December 2014 1:03 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development joins the international community in celebrating the International Human Rights Day and stands in solidarity with the entire human rights community working for the protection and fulfillment of human rights. We pay tribute to all who gave their lives and sacrificed so we can enjoy the rights [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA congratulates Asma Jahangir and Basil Fernando, recipients of 2014 Right Livelihood Award
24 November 2014 12:27 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) takes pride in extending its warmest congratulations to our colleagues – Asma Jahangir of Pakistan and Basil Fernando of Sri Lanka for much deserved recognition – as 2014 recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for which they have been invited to Stockholm, Sweden on 1 December [ Read more ]

Four Years On and Still Treading Water: A Report on the Performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism in 2013
16 November 2014 2:35 pm

Click here to download the Report This is the fourth report on the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism prepared by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy – Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TFAHR) since the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human [ Read more ]