Press Releases

Children and Youth must be at the Centre of the Policy-Making Process for COVID-19 Response in ASEAN
29 April 2020 8:23 pm

Children and Youth must be at the Centre of the Policy-Making Process for COVID-19 Response in ASEAN (Bangkok/Jakarta/Manila, 29 April 2020) – ASEAN Governments have yet to demonstrate a strong commitment towards protecting children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. As the most vulnerable groups, they may be often missed as countries struggle [ Read more ]

Gender-Responsiveness Key to Leaving No One Behind in COVID-19 Pandemic
21 April 2020 6:12 pm

 Gender-Responsiveness Key to Leaving No One Behind in COVID-19 Pandemic (Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur, 21 April 2020) – The lack of a gender-responsive approach to COVID-19 pandemic responses will risk exacerbating pre-existing inequality and vulnerabilities among the most marginalised groups in Southeast Asia, experts said in a webinar organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and [ Read more ]

ASEAN must not compromise freedom of expression in response to COVID-19
11:31 am

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 21 April 2020) — ASEAN Member States banding together to combat misinformation and fake news during the COVID-19 pandemic spells grave concern, given the atrocious track record of the freedom of expression by its Governments. ‘Since the pandemic began, we have seen laws tighten to stifle free expression and dozens arrested, charged or brought to [ Read more ]

Philippines: FORUM-ASIA responds to the warrantless arrest of Filipino writer and artist Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran over COVID-19 post
20 April 2020 5:56 pm

In response to the warrantless arrest of writer and artist Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran for her Facebook post concerning the rising COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, the Philippines, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The Government of the Philippines should immediately release Dakila member Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran, drop all charges against her and [ Read more ]

Thailand: COVID-19 emergency decree threatens to stifle fundamental freedoms
26 March 2020 7:11 pm

*Please scroll down for a Thai version of this statement. Thailand: COVID-19 emergency decree threatens to stifle fundamental freedoms (Jakarta, 26 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the Thai Government’s declaration of a nationwide state of emergency, under which the authorities are granted broad powers [ Read more ]

Philippines: Respect Fundamental Rights amidst Community Quarantines
16 March 2020 2:59 pm

(Bangkok, 16 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country. FORUM-ASIA expresses alarm at the disproportionate response to Coronavirus disease [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Drop charges against Reuters and lawmaker Maun Kyaw Zan and repeal criminal defamation laws
11 March 2020 5:38 pm

(Bangkok, 11 March 2020) – The Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the use of criminal defamation against news agency Reuters and local lawmaker Maung Kyaw Zan. FORUM-ASIA urges the Myanmar military to immediately drop these charges and abide by its obligations to protect the Rohingya from genocide and further violence. The [ Read more ]

India: Drop all charges against Akhil Gogoi and provide him with medical treatment
6 March 2020 4:49 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 March 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) expresses concern about the deteriorating health of Assamese human rights defender, Akhil Gogoi, who is currently being detained in Guwahati Central Jail in Assam. Gogoi was arrested on 12 December 2019, while protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Drop Charges against Student Protesters and Reinstate Internet Access in Rakhine and Chin Townships
27 February 2020 10:41 am

(Bangkok, 27 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the charges brought against nine student organisers for staging a protest against the Internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin townships. The Government of Myanmar should ensure the charges are dropped and reinstate Internet access in the affected townships. On [ Read more ]

India: Put an end to all forms of violence and allow peaceful protests across the country  
26 February 2020 3:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 February 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the riots that have taken place in Delhi in recent days. It also condemns the failure of the Governments, both state and union, and particularly of the Delhi Police, to control the violence and maintain law and order. Riots [ Read more ]