Press Releases

Indonesia: Government must perform its obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms
3 February 2020 5:32 pm

Indonesia: Government must perform its obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms (Bangkok/Jakarta, 3 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, together with its members in Indonesia, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), the [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Release Manzoor Pashteen and his fellow human rights defenders immediately
28 January 2020 6:00 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 28 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the arbitrary arrest of Manzoor Pashteen, a Pakistani human rights defender and leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), together with other members of PTM. His arrest seems to have been based on his protests and activism, [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Comply with the International Court of Justice’s Ruling to Protect the Rohingya
27 January 2020 3:49 pm

(Bangkok, 27 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the unanimous decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, and urges the Government of Myanmar to fully comply with the Court’s ruling. Myanmar must acknowledge the gravity of its crimes against [ Read more ]

In 2020 ASEAN must continue to strengthen its human rights mechanism and integrate peoples’ interest in its agenda
15 January 2020 1:49 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 15 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Vietnam as the Chair of the Association of South East Asians Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. FORUM-ASIA calls on the association and its Member States to prioritise addressing the struggles of its people, particularly the most marginalised and oppressed, and to [ Read more ]

Taiwan: Respect the people’s right to vote through free and fair elections
8 January 2020 2:40 pm

(Bangkok, 8 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of Taiwan, and all relevant stakeholders, to respect the people’s right to vote and ensure free and fair elections in Taiwan. FORUM-ASIA condemns any form of interference, through any means, that seeks to compromise the ability of [ Read more ]

India: State must denounce and investigate the violence in the Jawaharlal Nehru University
7 January 2020 5:23 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 January 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the recent mob attack at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in New Delhi, India. On Sunday, a mob, wearing masks, roamed around the campus attacking students and teachers with iron rods, sledgehammers and stones. Reportedly some 34 people were injured, [ Read more ]

Maldives: Dissolution of the Maldivian Democracy Network is violation of fundamental human rights
25 December 2019 6:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the announcement by the Maldivian authorities on 19 December 2019 that the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) has been dissolved. MDN is a prominent human rights organisation, and a member of FORUM-ASIA. On 19 December 2019, the Ministry of Youth, [ Read more ]

Malaysia: End the harassment of Seven Doraisamy and repeal Malaysia’s repressive laws
17 December 2019 6:16 pm

(Bangkok, 17 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the continued harassment of the Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Sevan Doraisamy. The harassment seems to have been triggered by the organisation’s activities calling for the repeal of Malaysia’s repressive security law. The Government of Malaysia should end [ Read more ]

The International Court of Justice hearings evidence of need for international action to ensure accountability in Myanmar
12 December 2019 6:03 pm

(Bangkok, 12 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes efforts of The Gambia to hold Myanmar accountable for genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and condemns the continuous denials by Myanmar’s leaders of these human rights violations. As the world is watching, these denials should be taken [ Read more ]

India: End four months of Internet blockade and restore right to free expression in Jammu and Kashmir  
6 December 2019 5:56 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) deplores the continuous state-imposed Internet shut down in Jammu and Kashmir. The Internet shut down began on 5 August 2019, when Article 370 of Indian Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, and has now gone on [ Read more ]