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#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

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 rejected the charges of attempted [ 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 ]

23 November: #ENDIMPUNITY
23 November 2014 10:52 am

  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) today joins the international community in commemorating the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines that took the lives of 32 journalists along with 26 civilians. We join forces with all groups demanding for accountability for this crime committed against humanity. We also join in solidarity [ 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 ]

Regional Exchange on Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary Transitional Justice Measure
13 November 2014 2:00 pm

Last week, FORUM ASIA in partnership with Impunity Watch and swisspeace concluded the first-ever Regional Exchange on Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary Transitional Justice Measure. The exchange held on 3 to 7 November in Bangkok brought together civil society actors, including women’s rights groups and grass roots organisations from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri [ Read more ]

Video: An Introduction to FORUM-ASIA
31 October 2014 12:02 pm

  Video introduction to the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), through the testimonies of (in order of appearance): Evelyn Balais-Serrano, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Sister Crescencia L. Lucero, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Philippines Adilur Rahman Khan, Odhikar, Bangladesh Cecil Shane Chaudhry, National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Pakistan Henri [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA EC member, Adilur Rahman Khan, winner of the 2014 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award
24 October 2014 2:32 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) congratulates Adilur Rahman Khan, member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of FORUM-ASIA member organisation Odhikar, for this new award, his fourth this year. Adilur was also recipient of Gwangju Human Rights Award, Robert F. Kennedy Award and a finalist in the recent Martin Ennals Award. [ Read more ]