Press Releases

Immediately Withdraw the Fabricated Charges against Human Rights Defenders in West Bengal
11 February 2019 11:40 am

(8 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Front Line Defenders (FLD), strongly condemn the repeated harassment and attacks on the human rights defenders working with Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) by the Border Security Force personnel of India. Our organisations, call on the authorities to immediately withdraw the fabricated [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Ensure security for human rights defenders and stop online harassment
8 February 2019 2:23 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 8 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over continuous online threats and intimidation of human rights defenders and liberal thinkers of the Maldives by religious groups and politicians. The current wave of abuse against human rights defenders was triggered following criticism and expression of concern [ Read more ]

Philippines: Drop cyber-libel charges against Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr.
6 February 2019 5:52 pm

Statement on Maria Ressa and Rappler Feb 2019 (6 February 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the indictment of the founder of online news site Rappler, Maria Ressa and one of its former reporters, Reynaldo Santos Jr. The two were indicted for cyber-libel under Section 4(c)(4) of the [ Read more ]

India: Ensure security for journalists in Jammu and Kashmir
24 January 2019 4:07 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 24 January 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the assault on photojournalists, who were covering an ongoing encounter in Shopian district, on 22 January 2019, which resulted in four journalists being injured. Among those injured were Hindustan Times photojournalist, Waseem Andrabi, Rising Kashmir‘s Nisar ul [ Read more ]

Singapore: End Judicial Harassment of Jolovan Wham, Respect the Right to Freedom of Expression
7 January 2019 6:07 pm

(7 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the conviction of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham for violating the 2009 Public Order Act. The case against him highlights the Singaporean Government’s tightening grip on civil society. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Singaporean Government to end the judicial harassment [ Read more ]

Thailand: Drop defamation complaints against rights defenders
3 December 2018 11:22 am

(3 December 2018, Bangkok) – We, the 16 undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities and Thammakaset Company Limited to ensure that the criminal and civil defamation complaints brought by the company against human rights defenders Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri for bringing attention to labor rights violations at a Thammakaset-owned chicken farm in Thailand [ Read more ]

Maldives: New Government must restore democracy and ensure fundamental freedoms
21 November 2018 3:11 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 21 November 2018) – On 17 November 2018, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was sworn in as the new President of the Maldives, he had already formed a new Government after the General Elections of September 2018.[1] The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the first steps new Government has taken in support [ Read more ]

ASEAN should uphold the principle of democracy and strengthen its human rights institutions
15 November 2018 2:03 pm

(Bangkok, 15 November 2018) – Today, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes its 33rd Summit and hands over its Chairship to Thailand, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on ASEAN to prioritise the strengthening of democracy and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in [ Read more ]

Mongolia: Time to move from promises to actions
14 November 2018 1:54 pm

Mongolia: Time to move from promises to actions 14 NOVEMBER 2018 ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA Over the last two days, 12-13 November 2018, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its members from Mongolia, the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI), organised a joint consultation on National Human Rights [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA condemns the brutal attack on women human rights defenders Agnes Kharshiing and her associate
9 November 2018 4:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 9 November, 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over brutal attack on the well-known Right to Information and anti-corruption activist and the president of Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma on 8 November 2018.  They were on a field visit to [ Read more ]