Press Releases

[Joint Press Release] Thai Appeal Court decision paves the way for Asia’s first transboundary class action on human rights abuses
31 July 2020 12:47 pm

https://www.inclusivedevelopment.net/court-decision-p…an-rights-abuses/ For Immediate Release Thai Appeal Court decision paves the way for Asia’s first transboundary class action on human rights abuses (July 31, 2020) – Today, Cambodian plaintiffs representing more than 700 farming families won a landmark appeal allowing them to move forward with their class action against Asia’s largest sugar producer, Mitr Phol. The [ Read more ]

[Joint Press Release] The State of the Nation under Duterte: Four years of deteriorating human rights and democracy
27 July 2020 2:15 pm

The State of the Nation under Duterte:  Four years of deteriorating human rights and democracy (Bangkok, 27 July 2020) ‒ Duterte’s four years in power have been characterised by the systematic erosion of human rights, and the failure of governance and democracy, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and six of [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: ANNI condemns the killing of two human rights defenders
2 July 2020 11:55 am

Afghanistan: ANNI condemns the killing of two human rights defenders (Bangkok, 1 July 2020) ‒ The heightened violence and attacks against human rights defenders must be brought to an end if there is any hope for peace talks to be held in Afghanistan, a rights group said. In a statement, the Asian NGO Network on National [ Read more ]

Philippines: Government should end the systematic red-tagging of human rights defenders
23 June 2020 4:02 pm

(Bangkok, 23 June 2020) ‒ The recent red-tagging of Balaod Mindanaw Executive Director Ritz Lee Santos III and other human rights defenders demonstrates the significant threats they continue to face under Duterte’s administration, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. A Facebook post circulated over the weekend claimed that Santos, along [ Read more ]

Philippines: Conviction of Maria Ressa and Santos Jr. is a blatant attack against democracy
15 June 2020 5:47 pm

(Bangkok, 15 June 2020) – The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. over cyber libel charges today sends a chilling message that the Philippine people are now a target, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. Today, the Manila Regional Trial Court convicted Maria Ressa [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Drop charges against seven Papuan political prisoners
12 June 2020 3:50 pm

In response to the upcoming trials to be held during the week of 14 June against seven Papuan activists and students being charged with treason for their involvement in anti-racism protests in August 2019, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director said: The charges against seven Papuan activists and students for their activism is disproportionate, and [ Read more ]

Nepal: COVID-19 not an excuse to silence dissent
11 June 2020 5:31 pm

In response to the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations outside of the Prime Minister Oli’s official residence in Kathmandu on 9 June 2020 against Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: What was clearly a peaceful demonstration adhering to physical distancing protocols turned violent when police cracked down on protestors, [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: Peace talks should prioritise justice for war victims
9 June 2020 4:31 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kabul, 09 June 2020) – The upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban must seek to bring an end to conflict and impunity in the country. Following the Afghan government’s announcement on the upcoming intra-Afghan talks,[1] the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisation the Civil Society and Human Rights Network [ Read more ]

COVID-19: Protection of human rights defenders must no longer be ignored
5 June 2020 6:04 pm

COVID-19: Protection of human rights defenders must no longer be ignored (Bangkok/London, 5 June 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic must not serve as an excuse to vilify human rights defenders who champion rights-based approaches in business practices. Asian civil society and defenders met yesterday warning that opportunistic governments in Asia are expanding their power under [ Read more ]

UN Human Rights Council must mandate an international investigative mechanism for violations in the Philippines
5:13 pm

(Bangkok, 5 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Council should take a stronger stance by adopting a resolution mandating an international investigative mechanism into the human rights situation in the Philippines, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. Following the release of a UNOHCHR’s report on the human rights situation [ Read more ]