Open Letters

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms
3 July 2020 3:53 pm

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms As Singaporeans prepare to go to the polls in parliamentary elections on 10 July 2020, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the International Commission of Jurists urge all parliamentary candidates and [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the organizers of the ‘United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches.’ to be held on June 9 -11, 2020
8 June 2020 6:16 pm

(Thai version available below) June 7, 2020 An Open Letter to the Organizers of the United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches, Asia and the Pacific, to be held on June 9 -11, 2020 To The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), [ Read more ]

Open letter to Department of Justice: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic
14 May 2020 11:01 am

To: THE HONORABLE MENARDO GUEVARRA, Secretary, Department of Justice Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila 1000 The Philippines 6 May 2020 Re: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic Dear Hon. Secretary Guevarra We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), an Asia-based human rights network, and its member organisations in [ Read more ]

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia: Violent Threats and ‘Hate Speech’ against Rohingya Community in Malaysia
10:35 am

Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin Pejabat Perdana Menteri, Blok Utama Bangunan Perdana Putra Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia   Copy:   Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Sri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan, Minister of Human Resources Tan [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Proposals to ensure employee rights and wellbeing within the COVID 19 pandemic disaster situation and recovery process
24 April 2020 4:41 pm

Honorable Dinesh Gunawardena Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development and Employment and Labour Relations Mehavara Piyasa Colombo 05 Honorable Minister, Proposals to ensure employee rights and wellbeing within the COVID 19 pandemic disaster situation and recovery process           As the labour unions and organizations that represent the export processing zone employees, firstly we wish to thank [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter: Arrest of Human Rights Monitors in Breach of the Hong Kong Government’s International Human Rights Obligations
12 February 2020 3:49 pm

JOINT OPEN LETTER – ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS IN BREACH OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS 11 February 2020 Dear Chief Executive, We, the undersigned human rights organizations, write to you in regard to the arrest of five human rights observers whilst conducting their work at assemblies in Hong Kong in [ Read more ]

Open Letter: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia
20 January 2020 6:48 pm

(Scroll down for a Mongolian version of the open letter) To: H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh  Bangkok, 20 January 2020 RE: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia Dear H.E. Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh, On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a network of 81 [ Read more ]

Open Letter: UN member states must highlight Laos’s severely restrictive civic space environment at its upcoming UN human rights review
17 January 2020 12:40 pm

Your Excellency, ­­­­As you will be aware, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) will face its third review under the UN’s UPR mechanism on 21 January 2020. Following its last review in 2015, the government of Lao PDR committed to reassess the policy framework and restrictions on domestic and international civil society organisations and facilitate [ Read more ]

Joint Letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders
18 December 2019 11:44 am

Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Government Peace Building, No. 38 Confederation Russia Blvd (110) Phnom Penh Cambodia December 18, 2019 Re: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders Dear Prime Minister, We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations, are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Law on Trade [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines on Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
12 September 2019 5:39 pm

To:   Hon. José Luis Martín C. Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights Hon. Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz, Chairperson of the Human Rights Defenders Inquiry Panel   cc:    Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines   Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines SAAC Building, UP Complex, Commonwealth Avenue, [ Read more ]