Launch of the Annual Performance Report for 2014 of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
13 October 2015 5:24 pm

On Wednesday, 14 October 2015, FORUM-ASIA, together with the People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF), will hold a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand to present one of its most recent reports, the “Future of Human Rights in ASEAN: Calling for Independence and Protection Mandates”. It will be presented to the Thai representatives of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC30: Item 4, Human Rights Situations That Require the Council’s Attention
22 September 2015 3:21 pm

30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 22 September 2015 Mr. Vice President. FORUM-ASIA draws the Council’s attention to the [ Read more ]

Thailand: The ‘not guilty’ verdict in Phuketwan journalists’ case sets a precedent for online freedom of expression
3 September 2015 6:27 pm

(Bangkok, 3 September 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the verdict of Phuket Provincial Court on Tuesday, clearing Phuketwan journalists, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, of defamation charges under articles 326 (defamation) and 328 (libel) of the Thai Criminal Code in conjunction with article 14(1) of the 2007 Computer [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Meeting with Activists and Students from Patani
3 August 2015 2:30 pm

On Sunday 26 July 2015, FORUM-ASIA and some of its members from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines had an informal meeting in Bangkok with activists and students from Patani, a region located in the southern part of Thailand. The former Sultanate of Patani, which nowadays comprises the three Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala [ Read more ]

ANNI – Thailand: Flawed Selection Process Leads to Controversial Human Rights Commission
28 July 2015 5:41 pm

The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) deplores the flawed selection process that has led to the nomination of seven new candidates for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT). The lack of a participatory, transparent and merit-based selection process has even resulted in the nomination of a candidate with a proven [ Read more ]

Joint Open letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand to Drop Charges against Phuketwan Journalists
9 July 2015 10:41 am

    July 9, 2015   Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha Prime Minister Royal Thai Government Bangkok, Thailand   RE: Drop Charges against Phuketwan Journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian   Dear Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha,   We write to you as international and regional organizations working to protect the rights to freedom of expression and freedom [ Read more ]

Oral Statement – HRC29, Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteurs on FoAA and FoE
18 June 2015 3:12 pm

29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Maina Kiai, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye Oral Statement Delivered [ Read more ]

Thailand: 100 days since Chai’s Killing, No Justice Yet for Murdered Land Rights Defender
21 May 2015 12:22 pm

(Bangkok, 21 May 2015) – Today marks 100 days since the murder of Chai Bunthonglek – a land rights defender and member of the Southern Peasant’s Federation of Thailand (SPFT) from Khlong Sai Pattana Community, Surat Thani Province. Despite several calls from civil society groups to conduct a comprehensive investigation, Thailand’s probe into the case [ Read more ]

Thailand: Invocation of Article 44 of Interim Constitution Will Continue to Deteriorate Rights Situation in the Country
3 April 2015 12:16 am

For Immediate Release (Bangkok, 3 April 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expressed serious concern over the introduction of a new security order invoked under Article 44 of Thailand’s interim constitution, following the revocation of martial law in the country. Article 44 legitimises the power of the head of National [ Read more ]

Thailand: Public Assembly Act at risk of infringing international human rights standards
25 March 2015 2:14 pm

(Bangkok, 25 March 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned by the Draft Public Assembly Act (Draft Act) regulating public gatherings, including demonstrations that require prior notification. The Draft Act, which was proposed on 26 February 2015, is expected to be passed by the military junta-appointed National Legislative [ Read more ]