Press Releases

Sri Lanka: Stop using force against protestors and protect fundamental freedoms
29 April 2022 5:50 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 29 April 2022) – The excessive use of force by security personnel on peaceful protestors in Sri Lanka on 19 April has led to the death of a peaceful protestor. FORUM ASIA strongly condemns the crackdown by Sri Lankan authorities on the peaceful protestors who were exercising their fundamental rights. The Police’s excessive and [ Read more ]

[Press Release] FORUM-ASIA Report: National Human Rights Institutions need to be gender-responsive to better protect women human rights defenders in Asia
27 April 2022 11:27 am

For immediate release 27 April 2022, Bangkok Documentation by FORUM-ASIA reveals that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) continued to be the second-most targeted group of defenders between 2019 – 2021, with 460 cases of violations out of 1,899 total cases recorded across 21 Asian countries, or nearly one violation out of every four documented. The [ Read more ]

[HRC 49 Joint Press Release] Hold the Myanmar military accountable for grave crimes
23 March 2022 10:50 am

Time for UN to pursue justice Hold the Myanmar military accountable for grave crimes [22 March 2022] “UN must explore all possible ways to prosecute Myanmar military leaders and hold them accountable for genocide and atrocity crimes” said Human Rights Defenders from Myanmar in an online event as they engaged with the UN Human Rights [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: First conviction under Article 112 for protest act sets a disturbing precedent for civic space
9 March 2022 11:44 am

Following the conviction of Narin — a protester who placed a sticker over the Thai King’s portrait — under Article 112 (lese majeste) on Friday, 4 March 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) said:   The conviction of Narin under [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] ASEAN: ASEAN must block Myanmar’s military junta participation from all its platforms
17 February 2022 1:57 pm

ASEAN must block Myanmar’s military junta participation from all its platforms In response to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting taking place this week, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA welcomes the exclusion of the Myanmar military junta’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat, and reiterates its call to ensure [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Myanmar: Hold the Junta Accountable
1 February 2022 2:19 pm

Human Rights Defenders call on ASEAN and the international community to hold the junta accountable for grave human rights violations and atrocity crimes in Myanmar ‘ASEAN must urgently step up to address the atrocities in Myanmar,’ said human rights defenders from Myanmar and Indonesia in a press briefing held to mark the one year anniversary [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Indonesia: End the relentless judicial harassment against Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar
18 January 2022 4:51 pm

Regarding today’s forced summons of human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The harassment of Fatia and Haris earlier today reflects the Indonesian government’s continuous use of reprisals against human rights defenders. Approximately 8:00 am, five police officers arrived at Fatia’s residence, and another four arrived at [ Read more ]

[Press Release] ANNI Report: Independent and Effective National Human Rights Institutions Could Change Human Rights Landscape in Asia
9 December 2021 3:46 pm

ANNI Report: Independent and Effective National Human Rights Institutions Could Change Human Rights Landscape in Asia The human rights situation in 11 Asian countries continued to deteriorate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Civic spaces continued to shrink, and human rights defenders persisted to work in precarious conditions with minimal protection. Draconian laws and [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Revocation of bail for youth activist Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul’s highlights continuing harassment of human rights activists
24 November 2021 3:24 pm

On the revocation of bail for youth pro-democracy activist ‘Rung’ Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul by the Thailand Criminal Court on 22 November, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: The courts have an obligation to ensure the right to a fair trial for Rung and other human rights defenders, regardless of their political views. [ Read more ]

[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 ]