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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 ]

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 ]