Thailand: Prachatai ” UN will continue pressure Thai govt to amend 112: UN Special Rapporteur “
12 January 2012 4:16 pm

January 10, 2012 — UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue, said he will continue to pressure the Thai government to amend the lèse majesté law, as well as provide technical support for the authorities where necessary. During his visit to the Prachatai office in Bangkok on Tuesday (January 10), [ Read more ]

Thailand: Bangkok Post ” UN rapporteur says Thais need freedom of expression “
12 January 2012 3:56 pm

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, who in October recommended the government amend its law on lese majeste, visited Thailand in a private capacity this week. He told ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT why it is important that people can speak freely.

India Must take Effective Measures to Protect Persons Using RTI Act
23 September 2011 2:56 pm

Preliminary Report of an International Fact Finding Mission to India on the Right to Information Act The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted an international fact finding mission to India on 16 to 22 September to examine the status of implementation of the Right to Information Act. This is a report of [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Oral Statement on the UPR Plenary on Singapore
22 September 2011 5:53 pm

18th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Singapore Thank you, Madam President. The government of Singapore’s central argument during the UPR Working Group session on 6 May 2011 was that a “balance” between economic prosperity and restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms are necessary in [ Read more ]

UN Human Rights Council 18th Regular Session
12 September 2011 7:02 am

FORUM-ASIA interventions, statements and events during the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 12-30 September 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Oral and Written Statements 12 September – Item 2: Updates by the High Commissioner for Human Rights – General Debate 13 September – Panel Discussion on the Promotion and Protection of Human [ Read more ]

ANNI Regional Conference on the Engagement with the APF
7 September 2011 4:34 pm

Every year, since its establishment, the ANNI organizes an NGO meeting parallel to the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF): From 2007 to 2009, it co-organized the NGO meeting together with the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)  and the international Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP). In [ Read more ]

Welcome to our redesigned website!
6 September 2011 9:32 am

FORUM-ASIA has redesigned its website to make information here more useful. All content from the previous site are here, though  some of the links in this new format may not work properly. We will keep our old site up <>  until we have completed this review process.  Thank you for your patience.

NOTICE: This website is no longer being updated
4 September 2011 9:00 pm

You have reached the old format of the FORUM-ASIA website. We have stopped updating this site as of 5 September 2011, but we will continue to put it up as we review and fix the broken links at the new site.

Global Civil Society Coalition Welcomes the Philippines as the 117th State Party to the International Criminal Court
30 August 2011 7:06 am

Manila Continues Southeast Asia’s Push towards Ending Impunity Manila/New York-The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a global network of some 2,500 non-governmental and civil society organizations in 150 countries, commends the Philippines for its decision to join the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). By depositing its instrument of [ Read more ]

Regional Consultation on Development and Human Rights
21 August 2011 11:42 am

FORUM-ASIA and Dignity International co-organised this regional consultation, on 17-19 August 2011, which aims to: To enhance a common understanding on the interdependence and mutual reinforcement of development and human rights with a view to holding Asian States accountable to their economic, social and cultural rights obligations; To discuss opportunities for human rights advocacy during [ Read more ]