Publications

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 ]

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 ]

International Human Rights Defenders Day 2018
9 December 2018 3:25 pm

On International Human Rights Defenders Day FORUM-ASIA recognises, celebrates and honours all human rights defenders in Asia and beyond. In 1998, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, commonly [ 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 ]