Publications

Instruments of Repression – A Regional Report on the Status of Freedoms of Expression, Peaceful Assembly, and Association in Asia
20 February 2019 4:52 pm

FORUM-ASIA’s new report ‘Instruments of Repression: A Regional Report on the Status of Freedoms of Expressions, Peaceful Assembly, and Association in Asia’, provides information on the repressive laws in the region, documented by our members, covering the period 2016 – May 2018.  The report also makes significant recommendations for the improvement of the existing policies, [ Read more ]

Activity Report of the Regional Consultation: Trends and Trajectory of the Shrinking Civic Space in Asia
14 February 2019 5:48 pm

  On 20-22 December 2018, FORUM-ASIA in partnership with Association for Progressive Communications (APC) organised a regional consultation ‘Trends and Trajectory of the Shrinking Civic Space in Asia.’ The consultation aimed to the intersectionalities of freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the situation of human rights defenders in the context of shrinking civic [ Read more ]

Shrinking Democratic Space and Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh
26 December 2018 10:57 am

This report focuses exclusively on the human rights situation in Bangladesh. It is the culmination of years of advocacy on Bangladesh through member organisations, reports and reflections in regional and international platforms, and country visits conducted in the recent past by FORUM-ASIA. The report ‘Shrinking Democratic Space and Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh’ examines: the [ Read more ]

World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
20 December 2018 2:43 pm

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst published a world report presenting the recent developments in 140 countries. The report is based on various sources provided by States, National Human Rights Institutions, UN reports [ Read more ]

Working Paper Series 5: Civic Space – Challenges and Ways Forward
11:16 am

  Civic space is primarily about the exercise of people’s freedoms and rights in the public sphere. It is the exercise of freedoms and human rights that sustain and expand civic space. A vibrant civic space is what makes democracy work within a society and ensures a democratic and accountable state. Hence, the extent of the [ Read more ]

Summary Report of the 8th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum
19 December 2018 11:45 am

FORUM-ASIA has been organising the Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum (AHRDF) since 2001. This year the 8th AHRDF took place in September 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. It provided a platform for human rights defenders (HRDs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) to discuss work and advocacy efforts, and share experiences and the challenges they [ Read more ]

2018 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
3 December 2018 10:00 am

FORUM-ASIA, as the Secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), is delighted to present the publication of the 2018 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of the National Human Rights Institutions in Asia. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the indefatigable work carried [ Read more ]

Reasonable Doubt, the Journey Within – A Report on the Performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms in 2017
3 November 2018 2:00 pm

‘Reasonable Doubt, the Journey Within – A Report on the Performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms in 2017’ is the eighth annual review by FORUM-ASIA together with the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA) Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights and Working Group on ASEAN (SAPA TFAHR & WGA). The report presents a [ Read more ]

Working Paper Series 4: Sustainable Development Goals – A Human Rights Based Approach
8 October 2018 3:55 pm

The human rights based approach to sustainable development is a key thematic priority of  FORUM-ASIA. While fostering knowledge and advocacy in human rights and development, FORUM-ASIA’s Working Paper Series 4 aims to provide a historical perspective of the concept of development as human right, as well as highlighting critical issues and ways forward for the [ Read more ]

Report of the 2017 Global Advocacy Learning Programme on Human Rights and Development
4 July 2018 2:55 pm

FORUM-ASIA is happy to present the report of the 2017 Global Advocacy Learning Programme on Human Rights and Development. To download the full report, please click here. The political and economic context of the world is changing in a very significant manner across national and international spheres. The emergence of neo-conservative Governments, authoritarian regimes, and [ Read more ]