Open Letters

[Open Letter] Joint open letter to the Maldives Speaker of The People’s Majlis: Call for justice for murdered human rights defender and blogger Yameen Rasheed
23 April 2021 6:04 pm

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker of The People’s Majlis, President Mohamed Nasheed. We, the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) write to call for action to ensure justice for Yameen Rasheed. Today marks four years since Maldivian human rights defender and blogger Yameen Rasheed was brutally stabbed to [ Read more ]

[Open Letter to ASEAN Leaders] Recommendations from CSOs in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia to the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar
12:09 pm

23 April 2021 Open Letter to ASEAN Leaders: Recommendations from CSOs in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia to the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar To: Leaders of the Member States of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Your Excellencies, In alignment with the upcoming Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar on 24 April 2021, [ Read more ]

[Joint Letter] Statement condemning the brutal firing on unarmed construction workers of the Banshkhali coal-fire
20 April 2021 11:15 pm

(April 20, 2021) – We, the undersigned, condemn the brutal killing of at least five and the grievous injury to more than 50 workers of the Banshkhali coal-fired power plant in Chattogram (Chittagong), Bangladesh. At least five people were killed, and numerous others gravely injured when state security forces started shooting live ammunition at the [ Read more ]

Joint Open letter to all Commonwealth Heads of Government
9 March 2021 6:09 pm

March 8, 2021 Excellencies, Re: Call for independent investigation into Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo’s death Civil society organizations around the world are calling on the Rwandan authorities to allow an independent, impartial, and effective investigation into the death in custody of Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer and peace activist. As your governments mark Commonwealth [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka
24 February 2021 11:10 am

February 22, 2021 Re: Coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka To the Member States of the Human Rights Council: We, the undersigned organizations, urge the Member States of the Human Rights Council to pass a strong resolution at the [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] ASEAN’s Response to the Military Coup in Myanmar
19 February 2021 11:04 am

Your Excellencies, Re: ASEAN’s response to the military coup in Myanmar As civil society organizations from the ASEAN region, we write to you urging you to use your unique position to influence the situation in Myanmar by taking immediate measures to ensure that the military respects people’s right to peaceful protests and to freedom of [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the US State Department on Human Rights Defenders
10 February 2021 3:51 pm

February 9, 2021 Hon. Antony Blinken Secretary of State United States of America CC:  Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator James Risch, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Representative Gregory Meeks, Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Representative Michael McCaul, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Dear Secretary Blinken: We, the [ Read more ]

Open Letter From Civil Society Organisations Calling on the UN Human Rights Council’s Immediate Action to ensure the Protection of Demonstrators
9 February 2021 4:50 pm

9 February 2021 To: Member and Observer State of the United Nations Human Rights Council Regarding the Urgent Situation in Myanmar Subject: Open Letter from Civil Society Organizations calling on the Council’s immediate action to ensure the protection of demonstrators Dear Excellencies, We are writing to express our deep concern over the safety of the [ Read more ]

Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership
12 October 2020 5:58 pm

Open letter to Permanent Representatives of the Member States of the UN General Assembly 12 October 2020 Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership Excellencies, Ahead of the next United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Council”) election, we, the [ Read more ]

Open letter to the SAARC Council of Ministers urging the establishment of a South Asia regional human rights mechanism
23 September 2020 6:17 pm

Date: 23 September 2020 To, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan H.E. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bhutan H.E Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Maldives H.E. Mr. Pradeep [ Read more ]