Press Releases

[Press Release] Singapore must expand civic space and end undue restrictions on fundamental freedoms: UN Human Rights Council Side Event
30 September 2021 4:01 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 30 September 2021) – Amidst emerging threats to civic space, representatives from civil society called on Singapore’s Government to abide by its international legal obligations and commitments to respect fundamental freedoms in a Human Rights Council side event held on 29 September, a day before the adoption of the outcomes from Singapore’s Universal Periodic [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Philippines: ICC investigation on the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ paves the way towards accountability
16 September 2021 6:31 pm

On the opening of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation on alleged ‘crimes against humanity’ in the Philippines, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA welcomes the International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision to open an investigation on the Philippines, and supports its efforts towards accountability for the crimes against humanity in the context [ Read more ]

[Media lines] Thailand: Government must end violence and judicial harassment of protestors
9 August 2021 6:24 pm

Following the use of disproportionate force against protestors on 7 August, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: Despite its obligations under international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of assembly, the government of Thailand has continued to use disproportionate force against protestors by firing water [ Read more ]

[Joint Press Release] Myanmar: ASEAN’s Humanitarian aid to Myanmar must not legitimize military junta
4 August 2021 10:11 am

(Bangkok, 4 August 2021) – The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the rest of the international community must provide humanitarian assistance through the COVID-19 Task Force set up by the Ministry of Health under interim government of Myanmar – the National Unity Government (NUG) –  and Ethnic Health Organizations, as well as [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Release arrested protestors; respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly
2 August 2021 6:01 pm

In response to police violence against peaceful protesters  on 1 August, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said As signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Thailand has an obligation to ensure the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by abstaining from violent means of dispersal and proactively facilitating assemblies. Reports of police using tear gas and rubber bullets against [ Read more ]

[Press Release and Publication] Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia
1 July 2021 5:35 pm

The climate for artists across South, Southeast and East Asia is increasingly hostile, with the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing to pose a serious threat to artistic freedom and the specter of censorship jeopardizing artists’ ability to work and speak out. In a new publication called Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia from PEN America’s [ Read more ]

[Press Release] FORUM-ASIA Report: Human rights defenders in Asia prevail amidst worsening trends of violations and human rights implications of COVID-19
30 June 2021 3:38 pm

For immediate release 30 June 2021, Bangkok FORUM-ASIA Report: Human rights defenders in Asia prevail amidst worsening trends of violations and human rights implications of COVID-19 Regional trend illustrates how Asia is an increasingly dangerous place for those who work in defense of human rights, with 1,073 cases recorded across 21 countries. At least 3,046 [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Cambodia: Convictions of environmental defenders clear cases of reprisals
6 May 2021 11:18 am

Following the conviction of Mother Nature Cambodia’s environmental defenders for incitement, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The convictions of Mother Nature’s environmental defenders Phuon Keoreaksmey, Long Kunthea, Thun Ratha, Chea Kunthin and Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson yesterday are clear cases of reprisals aimed at silencing environmental defenders who have continuously advocated against the destructive impact [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak
30 April 2021 6:59 pm

On the deteriorating health of Thai pro-democracy activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthi said: The Court must immediately grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, who are facing deteriorating health issues after 47 and 32 days of hunger strike, respectively. While [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] FORUM-ASIA’s response to today’s ASEAN Summit on Myanmar: Failure in addressing the Myanmar crisis is a failure to uphold human rights and democracy in the region
24 April 2021 5:50 pm

In response to the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar held today, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: ASEAN’s failure to address the crisis in Myanmar is a failure to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights in the region. Turning what was set to be a Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar into an [ Read more ]