Publications

[Publication] Impunity Report in South Asia
26 November 2021 8:53 am

Impunity is the absence of accountability and the rule of law. Impunity is defined in an international human rights instruments as the ‘impossibility, de jure or de facto, of bringing perpetrators of violations to account’, in criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings, because such perpetrators are not made subject to inquiries that will allow them [ Read more ]

[Joint Analysis] Refusing Silence: A joint analysis on the situation of Human Rights Defenders
13 October 2021 1:23 pm

Over the past two years, human rights defenders (HRDs) have faced unprecedented challenges in Asia, where existing risks were exacerbated, while new threats have emerged. Governments enacted and used repressive laws, online harassment became widespread, and Asian HRDs have seen their families and loved ones increasingly subjected to harassment and threats. The COVID-19 pandemic has [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Annual Report 2020: 30 Years of Striving for Human Rights in Asia
6 October 2021 11:14 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present its Annual Report 2020 – special edition. The report gives an overview of the work FORUM-ASIA has done in 2020 for the promotion and protection of human rights in the region. It features updates and activities from all programmes, a financial overview, and a map with all our member organisations [ Read more ]

[Report] Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum
5 October 2021 1:10 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present its new publication, “Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum”, an abridgement from an event that facilitates human rights defenders (HRDs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) to discuss work and advocacy efforts, and share the experiences and challenges they face. From 2019 to date, the situation of defenders [ Read more ]

[Public Report] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia
1 October 2021 8:40 am

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of [ Read more ]

[Briefing Paper] Great Expectations: Analysis of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management
4 August 2021 10:10 am

Six months since the attempted coup, little concrete action has been taken by the UN Security Council to address the unfolding human rights, humanitarian and COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar. How should ASEAN and the international community best provide the much needed humanitairan and pandemic-response assistance? Why is it crucial to channel assistance through the COVID-19 [ Read more ]

[Report] Tied Hands: Fact Finding Mission Report on Harawa-Charawa: Debt, Poverty and Climate Change in Dhanusha, Nepal
8 July 2021 5:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present Tied Hands: Fact Finding Mission Report on Harawa-Charawa: Debt, Poverty and Climate Change in Dhanusha, Nepal This report is the result of an exploratory research designed to better understand the nexus between climate change, human rights and poverty. Persons living in poverty often live in ecologically fragile or marginal areas, [ Read more ]

[Press Release and Publication] Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia
1 July 2021 5:35 pm

The climate for artists across South, Southeast and East Asia is increasingly hostile, with the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing to pose a serious threat to artistic freedom and the specter of censorship jeopardizing artists’ ability to work and speak out. In a new publication called Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia from PEN America’s [ Read more ]

[Report] Defending in Numbers: A Message of Strength from the Ground 2019 – 2020
30 June 2021 2:59 pm

For an interactive summary of this report, please click here. Defending In Numbers is a biennial report that reviews the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) across Asia as documented by FORUM-ASIA. This particular edition of the report, Defending In Numbers — A Message of Strength from the Ground, follows previous editions of Defending In [ Read more ]

[Report] Regional Human Rights Mechanisms in South Asia: Past efforts and ways forward
23 June 2021 10:00 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present Regional Human Rights Mechanisms in South Asia: Past efforts and ways forward. The report presents the varied snapshots of the human rights situations across South Asian counties, the need for a regional human rights mechanism, progress that has been made and opportunities moving forward. It is crucial that a regional [ Read more ]