Publications

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 (Volume 1)
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 ]

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 ]