Press Releases

Philippines: Respect freedom of association of activists, ensure thorough investigations
7 November 2019 2:10 pm

(Bangkok, 7 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the recent raids of activist organisations in Manila and Negros Occidental, and the continuous attempts to discredit civil society organisations in the Philippines. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government and all State agencies to ensure respect for the rights of all [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Release CNRP leader Mu Sochua
12:05 pm

FORUM-ASIA denounces the detention of Mu Sochua, the leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), at the airport in Malaysia. We urge the Malaysian Government to immediately release the exiled leader. The detention comes after unwarranted disruption of Sochua’s press conference by the Cambodian Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta yesterday. These acts of intimidation [ Read more ]

India: Demilitarise educational institutions in the state of Manipur
6 November 2019 1:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 November, 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member in Manipur, Human Rights Alert (HRA), are deeply concerned over the deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces and the Indian Army to Manipur, and the militarisation of educational institutions. The increased presence of the military in the already militarised [ Read more ]

India: Surveillance of activists and journalists using spyware is gross violation of human rights
4 November 2019 5:42 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 4 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) is deeply concerned over reports that journalists and human rights activists have been spied up and surveilled through the use of highly sophisticated spyware, Pegasus.[1] Pegasus, developed by an Israel-based technology firm, NSO Group, can gain access to the camera, [ Read more ]

Civil society groups convey concern about human rights to ASEAN leaders
2 November 2019 1:47 am

(Bangkok, 2 November 2019) – Today, for the first time in five years, a formal inter-face meeting took place between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and representatives of ASEAN civil society groups. The civil society organisations came as representatives of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), which was held in Bangkok in September 2019. The [ Read more ]

Thailand: Do not open Anti Fake News Centre
1 November 2019 6:24 pm

(Bangkok, 1 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over Thailand’s intent to open an Anti-Fake News Centre today. Such a fake news monitoring hub will reinforce efforts of the Government to stifle freedom of expression and serve as a smokescreen to target dissenting voices. FORUM-ASIA calls [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Protect freedom of expression through art
31 October 2019 4:50 pm

Pakistan: Protect freedom of expression through art (Kathmandu/Bangkok, 31 October 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) is deeply concerned over the forceful shut down of an art installation depicting alleged extrajudicial killings by Karachi Police on 27 October. The shutdown of the exhibition is an attack on free expression. Curated [ Read more ]

On the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, civil society organisations call for it to be more independent and effective
29 October 2019 2:21 pm

(Jakarta, 29 October 2019) – On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Solidarity for ASEAN People’s Advocacy (SAPA) have produced two reports, which review how much the AICHR has actually done for human rights in the [ Read more ]

Mongolia: Rights groups report exposes mining’s serious threats to defenders, local communities and environment
22 October 2019 2:18 pm

(Ulaanbaatar/Bangkok, 22 October 2019) – Mining operations, regardless of their scale and nature, are posing a series of concrete threats to the environment and local communities of the districts (soums) of Binder, Batnorov, and Tsagaan-Ovoo, in north-eastern Mongolia. The report ‘Our Land,’ launched today in Ulaanbaatar by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

Singapore: End state-sanctioned disinformation campaign against Kirsten Han
10 October 2019 2:36 pm

(Bangkok, 10 October 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses concern over the disinformation spread about New Naratif founder, Kirsten Han, and other human rights activists in Singapore. This deliberate spread of false information legitimises the acts of harassment faced by these activists, and further stifles the much needed space [ Read more ]