Open Letters

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 ]

Joint Open Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session
30 August 2019 11:35 am

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council              30 August 2019    Re: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session                                             [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi on Situation in Jammu & Kashmir
13 August 2019 10:21 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi New Delhi 12 August 2019 Dear Prime Minister Modi, We, the undersigned civil society activists and organizations, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, and academics from around the globe, write to express our deep concern regarding the recent actions your government has taken over the past week in the State of Jammu [ Read more ]

Open NGO letter regarding the critical funding gap affecting UN human rights mechanisms and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
29 May 2019 10:46 am

To: All Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva and New York Cc: UN Secretary General UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies Coordination Committee of UN Special Procedures 28 May 2019 Open NGO letter regarding the critical funding gap affecting UN human rights mechanisms and the Office [ Read more ]

Thailand: ANNI Open Letter concerning the disciplinary inquiry against Commissioner, Angkhana Neelapaijit
14 May 2019 3:38 pm

(Scroll down for a Thai version of the open letter) To: Chairperson What Tingsamitr Cc: Commissioner Chatsuda Chandeeying, Commissioner Prakairatana Thontiravong, Commissioner Tuenjai Deetes, Commissioner Chartchai Suthiklom, Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit and Secretary-General Sophon Jingjit Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th [ Read more ]

Open letter to States on preventative engagement with, and action on, Tanzania at the Human Rights Council’s 41st session
13 May 2019 5:45 pm

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council                                                                                 [ Read more ]