HRC29 Side Event: Religion Meets Rights, Addressing Key Issues & Challenges at the Intersections of Rights in Asia, 16 June 2015
12 June 2015 3:43 pm

FORUM-ASIA, together with Bytes for All, Association for Progressive Communications, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and ICT Watch, recently organised a regional consultation on “Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia” on 3-5 June 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion [ Read more ]

HRC29 Side Event: Malaysia – Freedoms Under Siege, 15 June 2015
3:39 pm

Malaysia has been ruled by one political party, the National Front coalition, for 58 consecutive years. A steely determination by the ruling elite to hold onto power at all costs has seen Malaysia plagued by issues of authoritarian rule, spiraling corruption, poor governance, race politics and worsening human rights violations. In May 2013, Malaysia’s 13th [ Read more ]

The Gwangju Forum on the Future of Human Rights in Asia (16 May 2015)
15 May 2015 2:11 pm

The Gwangju Forum on the Future of Human Rights in Asia will take place on Saturday 16 May 2015 from 14:00-18:00 at the May 18th Memorial Culture Center in Gwangju Metropolitan City. It is a public event and open for whomever wants to attend. The event is co-organized by the Asian Forum for Human Rights [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA attending the Gwangju Asia Forum 2015
12 May 2015 6:49 pm

From 15-18 May FORUM-ASIA will be attending the Gwangju Asia Forum 2015. The Gwangju Asia Forum offers a platform for activists to share their experiences and discuss ways to strengthen the solidarity among people working for human rights, peace and the improvement of democracy in Asia. The Gwangju Asia Forum is organized every year by [ Read more ]

HRC28 Side Event: Political Transition, Democracy and Human Rights: The Experience in Burma and Sri Lanka
19 March 2015 5:15 pm

HRC28 Side Event – Backtracking full circle: Evaporating reforms in Burma
16 March 2015 3:39 pm

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New FORUM-ASIA Video – “Let’s Protect Human Rights Defenders”
10 March 2015 6:50 pm

The meaning of human rights would be lost if there was no one to speak about them and defend them wherever and whenever they are violated. In this sense, human rights defenders (HRDs) play a crucial role in monitoring and challenging human rights abuses and violations, contributing as well to the dissemination and safeguard of [ Read more ]

#HRC28 Side Event- Promoting a safe & enabling environment for Asian HRDs: Panel Discussion on the Follow up to resolution 22/6 in Asia
6 March 2015 7:56 pm

It has been two years since the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution 22/6 in which the Council unanimously called upon governments to create a safe and enabling domestic environment for human rights defenders (HRDs). In this context the Council called upon states to keep legislation that affects HRDs in line with international [ Read more ]

Call for Applications: 3rd Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy (GALA Academy)
4 February 2015 12:59 pm

The Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia (GALA) Academy is a joint initiative by three leading regional civil society networks working in the field of human rights, development and democracy in Asia – namely, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and Asia Democracy Network (ADA)- with the aim to [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA Welcomes the Release of Irom Sharmila
22 January 2015 6:38 pm

(Bangkok, 22 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the verdict of a Manipur court to release Irom Sharmila from judicial custody. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for over 14 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). The court has once again [ Read more ]