Press Releases

Myanmar / Bangladesh: Stop Rohingya Repatriation
21 August 2019 6:15 pm

(Bangkok, 21 August 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development urges the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to stop the repatriation of Rohingya refugees scheduled to start on 22 August. The Government of Myanmar has not met the conditions necessary to ensure voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees and the [ Read more ]

Myanmar: International Community Must Ensure Justice and Accountability
3 July 2019 4:34 pm

(Geneva, 3 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA) call on the international community to expedite the full operationalisation of the independent investigative mechanism for Myanmar (IIM) established by the UN Human Rights Council (Council) in September 2018. They made [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Say no to death penalty
2 July 2019 1:30 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 2 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces Sri Lanka’s intention to reinstate the death penalty, as announced earlier this year by President, Maithripala Sirisena. Last Wednesday, on 26 June, he announced that he had signed the warrants for the execution of four convicted drug offenders. While [ Read more ]

ASEAN: Prioritise Rohingya rights and safety
19 June 2019 10:51 am

(Bangkok, 19 June 2019) – The government of Myanmar must ensure that the human rights of the Rohingya community are protected and respected while safe conditions should be in place in Rakhine State before any refugees are repatriated from Bangladesh, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) [ Read more ]

India: Stop blatant abuse of power against media personnel and protect press freedom
12 June 2019 3:34 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 12 June 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of several media personnel, being: Prashant Kanojia, a freelance journalist; Ishika Singh, head of the private news channel Nation Live; and Anuj Shukla, an editor of Nation Live. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government to ensure their immediate [ Read more ]

Human rights defenders at risk in Asia
31 May 2019 11:30 am

(Bangkok, 31 May 2019) – ‘In Asia, we are witnessing more and more human rights defenders being subjected to increasingly severe forms of violations, particularly killings, simply for defending human rights, ’says Sejin Kim, Programme Manager of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), during the launch of their latest report Defending In Numbers: [ Read more ]

India: Criminalise torture and end culture of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir
22 May 2019 3:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 May 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the inhumane and degrading use of torture by law enforcement agencies, and urges the Government of India and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to repeal the laws that fuel the torture and abuse of civilians, political activists, human rights [ Read more ]

World Press Freedom Day 2019: Press Freedom in Asia under Pressure
3 May 2019 4:02 pm

(Bangkok, 3 May 2019) – In December 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day. It aimed to raise awareness about the freedom of the press and celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, we find press freedom, along with [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Withdraw the charges against Shakthika Sathkumara, Protect Free Expression
10 April 2019 5:47 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of award-winning, Sri Lankan novelist, Shakthika Sathkumara for writing a story about homosexuality and child abuse in the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka. Shakthika has been charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Formally abolish the death penalty
11:43 am

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns and is deeply concerned over the announcement from the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena that dates have been set for the execution for drug offenders in the country. This would put an end to the country’s 43-year moratorium on [ Read more ]