Publications

Working Paper Series 6: Human Rights Systems and Mechanisms – Experiences and Reflections
28 August 2019 2:02 pm

International, regional, and national human rights systems and mechanisms are crucial for the creation of an ecosystem where human rights are protected and promoted. While the United Nations (UN) plays a leadership role in setting human rights standards and ensuring their promotion and protection, it does not operate in isolation. At the regional level, the [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Annual Report 2018
21 August 2019 10:43 am

FORUM-ASIA is happy to present its Annual Report 2018! The report gives an overview of the work FORUM-ASIA has done in 2018 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 in 2018, among [ Read more ]

Freedom of Expression under Threat – Perspectives from Media and Human Rights Defenders in Asia
25 July 2019 1:46 pm

As freedom of expression is being curtailed and civic space is shrinking across Asia, few groups are as much under pressure as the media and human rights defenders. Both are facing harassment, incarceration and even being killed in countries across the region. However, in most instances the two do not manage to overcome their differences [ Read more ]

Mission Report – Performance of National Human Rights Commission of India
19 July 2019 3:41 pm

In July 2018, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), initiated the process for greater engagement on the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRCI). The independence and effectiveness of the NHRCI is crucial. NHRCI is the national human rights institution (NHRI) to the second most populous country globally. Additionally, as one [ Read more ]

Environmental Change Through Participation – A closer look at how Inclusive Engagement can achieve Environmental Outcomes
15 July 2019 3:09 pm

The Environment and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) published a report titled ‘Environmental Change Through Participation – A closer look at how Inclusive Engagement can achieve Environmental Outcomes’. The publication features an article from [ Read more ]

High Level Dialogue on Human Rights in ASEAN, 8-10 May 2019
12 July 2019 5:33 pm

FORUM-ASIA along with ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia organised a two-day meeting to discuss the 10 years evolution of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and how the institution needs to fully function for the promotion and protection of human rights in the [ Read more ]

Activity Report: Regional Workshop on Monitoring and Defending Freedom of Expression
26 June 2019 3:26 pm

On 29 April – 1 May 2019, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) organised a regional workshop on monitoring and defending freedom of expression in Bangkok, with the aim to enhance the capacity of FORUM-ASIA members and partners to advocate for the protection of freedom of expression through effective means. About 30 [ Read more ]

High Level Dialogue on Human Rights in ASEAN – Assessing the 10 Years Evolution of AICHR
25 June 2019 12:05 pm

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was established in 2009 as an overarching institution mandated to promote and protect human rights in the ASEAN region. During the first decade of its existence, the region has witnessed widespread and systemic human rights violations perpetrated by state authorities, as well as abuses by non-state actors. [ Read more ]

A Decade in Review: Assessing the Performance of the AICHR to Uphold the Protection Mandates
24 June 2019 3:33 pm

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR); a timely opportunity to assess and review AICHR’s promotion and protection function. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Solidarity for ASEAN People’s Advocacy (SAPA) are proud to publish the first volume of a two part report. [ Read more ]

Defending in Numbers – Resistance in the Face of Repression 2017-2018
31 May 2019 10:00 am

Defending In Numbers is a biennial report that reviews the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) across Asia as documented by FORUM-ASIA. This particular edition of the report, Resistance in the Face of Repression, highlights key human rights violations against HRDs for the period of 2017-2018. Its central purpose is to identify regional patterns of [ Read more ]