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Call for applications: The 14th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders
11 August 2010 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 ]

Pilot National Training Workshop on ASEAN Advocacy and National Consultation Workshop
30 June 2010 11:32 am

From 19 to 21 July 2010, FORUM-ASIA will organise the pilot training on engaging with the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Kuala Lumpur, co-organised with SUARAM, FORUM-ASIA member in Malaysia. It aims to build capacity of civil society organisations in Malaysia to engage with the newly formed AICHR. This pilot training is also a prior step to finalise the [ Read more ]

Pilot National Training Workshop on ASEAN Advocacy and National Consultation Workshop
11:32 am

Pilot National Training Workshop on ASEAN Advocacy (Kuala Lumpur, 19-21 July) National Consultation Workshop on ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights (Kuala Lumpur, 22-23 July) From 19 to 21 July 2010, FORUM-ASIA will organise the pilot training on engaging with the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Kuala Lumpur, co-organised with SUARAM, FORUM-ASIA member [ Read more ]

BHUTAN – 32,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled so far; resettlement programme has become its largest
11:15 am

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Saturday announced that the resettlement of refugees from Bhutan in Nepal has become its largest resettlement programme worldwide. Issuing a statement on the eve of World Refugee Day (20 June), the UN refugee agency informed that 32,000 refugees from Bhutan have departed to the United States and other [ Read more ]

BURMA – Burmese women speak up for peace to mark Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday
11:11 am

Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's 65th birthday today. (19 June 2010, The Nation) Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu [ Read more ]

BURMA – Burmese women speak up for peace to mark Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday
11:11 am

Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday today. Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday today. Suu [ Read more ]

CAMBODIA – Companies sign up to protect human rights
11:04 am

At least 25 businesses last week signed an agreement of principle to ensure that their companies don't violate the rights of workers or the public. (Source: 18 June 2010, VOA News) At least 25 businesses last week signed an agreement of principle to ensure that their companies don't violate the rights of workers or the [ Read more ]

CAMBODIA – Companies sign up to protect human rights
11:04 am

At least 25 businesses last week signed an agreement of principle to ensure that their companies don’t violate the rights of workers or the public. The agreement was signed during the first-ever meeting between the private sector, civil society, diplomats and government officials that was aimed at promoting human rights in business. The agreement contained [ Read more ]

PHILIPPINES – Rights group challenges new president to run after torturers
10:46 am

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and relatives of political prisoners/detainees join the other members of UATC or the United Against Torture Coalition Philippines and the freedom from torture advocates worldwide in commemorating the International Day in Support of Torture Victims by challenging P-Noy (President-elect Benigno S. Aquino III) to release all political prisoners/detainees who are most often also victims of torture and to prosecute [ Read more ]