Thailand

Thailand: Five years on, international organizations renew their call for the release of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk
29 April 2016 9:05 am

29 April 2016, On the eve of the five-year anniversary of his detention, we, the undersigned international organizations, condemn the ongoing and arbitrary deprivation of liberty of human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk and call on Thailand’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him. Somyot, 54, is currently incarcerated in Bangkok’s Remand Prison, where he is [ Read more ]

Thailand: Human rights groups condemn NCPO Order 13/2016 and urge for it to be revoked immediately
5 April 2016 11:02 am

(Bangkok, 5 April 2016) – Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Asian Forum for [ Read more ]

UPDATE – Dismayed by Acquittal of Sole Suspect in the Killing of Chai Bunthonglek
15 March 2016 10:46 pm

(Geneva, 15 March 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is dismayed by the decision of the Wiang Sa Court in Surat Thani today to acquit the sole suspect in the killing of land rights activist Chai Bunthonglek. FORUM-ASIA believes that the investigation on which this decision was based was incomplete [ Read more ]

Twelve Years of Uncertainty is a Disgrace – 12 Years after Disappearance of Somchai Neelapaijit
11 March 2016 8:22 pm

(Geneva, 11 March 2016) – Tomorrow – 12 March 2016 – marks 12 years since Somchai Neelapaijit, a prominent human rights lawyer disappeared. The failure of the Thai authorities to unearth exactly what happened to him and where he is today, and the inability or unwillingness to bring those responsible to justice is a disgrace [ Read more ]

Thailand: End Impunity and Ensure Justice for Community under Attack
11 February 2016 10:34 am

(Geneva/London/Paris/Brussels, 11 February 2016) – On the first anniversary of the death of land rights activist Chai Bunthonglek, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM- ASIA), Amnesty International (AI), FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Protection International (PI) renew calls on the [ Read more ]

Thailand: Stop judicial harassment of human rights lawyer, drop all charges
8 February 2016 12:53 pm

(Geneva, 8 February 2016) – Authorities in Thailand should drop all criminal charges and immediately end the judicial harassment of human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri for carrying out her legitimate work, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer working with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), received [ Read more ]

Thailand: Arrest and Detention of Democracy Activists is Crude Attempt to Muffle Dissent
22 January 2016 12:41 pm

(Geneva, 22 January 2016) – The arrest and detention of 4 democracy activists in Bangkok is a crude attempt at muffling dissent, striking fear and infringing basic freedoms including the freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. Four student activists [ Read more ]

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 ]