Thailand

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 ]

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 ]