Publications

STILL WINDOW-DRESSING A Performance Report on the Third Year of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) 2011-2012
20 June 2013 5:42 pm

The year under review, 2012, saw AICHR take limited steps in the direction of transparency and consultation with civil society. Some of these steps addressed criticism and reflect recommendations that our previous reports had highlighted: We called for AICHR to launch an official website to share developments in its work with the public – such [ Read more ]

Burma/Myanmar: New Forms of Control and Threats to Freedoms of Expression, Assembly and Association amidst Reforms Fanfare
22 February 2013 6:36 pm

An international fact-finding mission was conducted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) on 24-30 October 2012 to assess the situation of freedoms of expression, assembly and association in Burma, against the backdrop of the apparent democratic reforms embarked by the Burma government since 2011, including among others, by releasing over 700 [ Read more ]

Mongolia: The situation of human rights defenders working on mining issues
5 December 2012 11:48 am

An international fact-finding mission was organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organization in Mongolia, Center for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), on 30 July-5 August 2012 to investigate the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) working on human rights violations in relation to mining activities in Mongolia, [ Read more ]

2012 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
8 November 2012 11:23 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), as the secretariat of the Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), humbly presents the publication of the 2012 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institution in Asia. Our sincere appreciation goes to all 30 ANNI member organizations from [ Read more ]

Internet and Social Media in Asia: Battleground for Freedom of Expression
18 July 2012 10:28 am

Recent developments and advancements on the Internet in Asia, including the tremendous growth in Internet accessibility and the use of social media, have created an unprecedented platform and space for free speech and opinions particularly in less open societies in the region. As a result, many governments in Asia have heightened efforts to restrict and [ Read more ]

A Commission Shrouded in Secrecy – Performance Report of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights 2010-2011
26 April 2012 11:31 am

This second performance report of the AICHR, produced by the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TFAHR), a network of civil society organizations in Southeast Asia, assesses the development of AICHR for the period of 2010-2011. This report focuses on the AICHR’s institutional building, activities, engagements with all [ Read more ]

SAARC & Human Rights : Looking Back & Ways Forward
26 March 2012 9:14 am

The purpose of this publication is to serve as a baseline study of human rights situations in South Asia in relation to the functions of SAARC as a regional grouping. We hope this publication and the subsequent monitoring reports will help track the development of the role of SAARC in the promotion and protection of [ Read more ]

Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders
8 March 2012 3:23 pm

  Coming at a time when WHRDs have received little attention in the human rights arena, the Global Report on the Situation of WHRDs plays a crucial part in advancing the recognition of WHRDs. The Global Report gives a contextual analysis of the environment in which WHRDs work and the violations they face because of their gender [ Read more ]

Mongolia Should Expedite Law Reform for the Protection of Journalists and Media Freedom
1 September 2011 9:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA conducted an international fact finding mission to Mongolia from 28 August to- 2 September, 2011 to examine the state of freedom of expression and freedom of information. This is a report of the preliminary findings and recommendations by the fact finding mission. Preliminary Report 2 September 2011 International Fact Finding Mission: Mongolia Should Expedite [ Read more ]

Burma: We have waited and seen enough: ASEAN must support a Commission of Inquiry
13 July 2011 9:00 pm

This briefing paper for the forthcoming ASEAN Ministerial Meeting explains the lack of progress since the election, in light of continued political repression, escalating armed conflict and ongoing human right violations. It calls on ASEAN to take immediate action to address these issues in its member country and set an example for the region. [from [ Read more ]