Press Releases

Thailand: COVID-19 emergency decree threatens to stifle fundamental freedoms
26 March 2020 7:11 pm

(Scroll down for a Thai version of the press statement) Thailand: COVID-19 emergency decree threatens to stifle fundamental freedoms (Jakarta, 26 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the Thai Government’s declaration of a nationwide state of emergency, under which the authorities are granted broad powers [ Read more ]

Philippines: Respect Fundamental Rights amidst Community Quarantines
16 March 2020 2:59 pm

(Bangkok, 16 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country. FORUM-ASIA expresses alarm at the disproportionate response to Coronavirus disease [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Drop charges against Reuters and lawmaker Maun Kyaw Zan and repeal criminal defamation laws
11 March 2020 5:38 pm

(Bangkok, 11 March 2020) – The Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the use of criminal defamation against news agency Reuters and local lawmaker Maung Kyaw Zan. FORUM-ASIA urges the Myanmar military to immediately drop these charges and abide by its obligations to protect the Rohingya from genocide and further violence. The [ Read more ]

India: Drop all charges against Akhil Gogoi and provide him with medical treatment
6 March 2020 4:49 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 March 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) expresses concern about the deteriorating health of Assamese human rights defender, Akhil Gogoi, who is currently being detained in Guwahati Central Jail in Assam. Gogoi was arrested on 12 December 2019, while protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Drop Charges against Student Protesters and Reinstate Internet Access in Rakhine and Chin Townships
27 February 2020 10:41 am

(Bangkok, 27 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the charges brought against nine student organisers for staging a protest against the Internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin townships. The Government of Myanmar should ensure the charges are dropped and reinstate Internet access in the affected townships. On [ Read more ]

India: Put an end to all forms of violence and allow peaceful protests across the country  
26 February 2020 3:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 February 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the riots that have taken place in Delhi in recent days. It also condemns the failure of the Governments, both state and union, and particularly of the Delhi Police, to control the violence and maintain law and order. Riots [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Government must perform its obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms
3 February 2020 5:32 pm

Indonesia: Government must perform its obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms (Bangkok/Jakarta, 3 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, together with its members in Indonesia, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), the [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Release Manzoor Pashteen and his fellow human rights defenders immediately
28 January 2020 6:00 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 28 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the arbitrary arrest of Manzoor Pashteen, a Pakistani human rights defender and leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), together with other members of PTM. His arrest seems to have been based on his protests and activism, [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Comply with the International Court of Justice’s Ruling to Protect the Rohingya
27 January 2020 3:49 pm

(Bangkok, 27 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the unanimous decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, and urges the Government of Myanmar to fully comply with the Court’s ruling. Myanmar must acknowledge the gravity of its crimes against [ Read more ]

In 2020 ASEAN must continue to strengthen its human rights mechanism and integrate peoples’ interest in its agenda
15 January 2020 1:49 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 15 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Vietnam as the Chair of the Association of South East Asians Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. FORUM-ASIA calls on the association and its Member States to prioritise addressing the struggles of its people, particularly the most marginalised and oppressed, and to [ Read more ]