Open Letters

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 ]

[Joint Open Letter] China: Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China
10 September 2020 3:20 pm

Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China An open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, UN Member States.   We, the undersigned organisations, join together to call for an international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations, and urge you to take [ Read more ]

Thailand: ANNI Open Letter concerning the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand’s (NHRCT) Statement on requesting all parties in demonstrations adhere to human rights principles and use peaceful means to resolve problems
27 August 2020 9:08 pm

To:  Chairperson What Tingsamitr Cc: Commissioners: Mrs. Chatsuda Chandeeying and Mrs. Prakairatana Thontiravong Commissioner ad interims: Mr. Somn Promaros, Miss Areewan Jatuthong, Mrs. Pirom Sipraset and Mr. Suwat Theparak Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December, B.E.2550 (2007) 120 Chaengwattana [ Read more ]

[Joint Letter] The Philippines: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation
6:41 pm

To member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Re: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation in the Philippines Geneva, 27 August 2020 Your Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write to express our continued grave concern over ongoing extrajudicial [ Read more ]

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 ]