Open Letters

Philippines: Joint Open Letter calling on Presidential Candidates to publicly pledge to protect human rights, and ensure accountability and to end the violence against human rights defenders and Repeal the Anti-Terror Law and other Repressive Laws
22 April 2022 2:54 pm

As the Philippines prepare to vote in the presidential elections on 9 May 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), urge all presidential candidates to publicly commit to protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, create a safe and enabling environment [ Read more ]

[HRC49 Joint Open Letter] Open Letter to States on the Draft Resolution on Human Rights Defenders
4 March 2022 4:27 pm

To: Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council At its current session, the UN Human Rights Council will be discussing a draft resolution on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.  This is a useful and timely focus providing a means to give effect to a range of recommendations [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines
24 November 2021 1:16 pm

Honourable Karim A. A. Khan QC Prosecutor The Office of the Prosecutor International Criminal Court Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK Den Haag, Netherlands 24 November 2021   ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines   To ICC Prosecutor Karim A. A. Khan We, human rights organisations working on [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Call on INTERPOL to ban the illegal junta from representing Myanmar at its General Assembly
22 November 2021 5:34 pm

22 November 2021 To: Kim Jong Yang, INTERPOL President; Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL General Secretary; the INTERPOL Executive Committee and INTERPOL Member Countries Subject: Call on INTERPOL to ban the illegal junta from representing Myanmar at its General Assembly Dear INTERPOL President Kim Jong Yang INTERPOL Vice Presidents Benyamina Abbad and Šárka Havránková INTERPOL General Secretary [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Open Letter to the Honourable Prime Minister regarding the Non-functional National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) of Pakistan
25 October 2021 11:16 am

25 October 2021 H.E. Mr. Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office Pakistan Secretariat, Constitution Avenue Islamabad, Pakistan Re: Open Letter to the Honourable Prime Minister regarding the Non-functional National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) of Pakistan Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan, The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), [ Read more ]

[Open Letter] Crackdown on Press Freedom & Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh
4 May 2021 11:34 pm

03 May 2021 H.E. Michelle Bachelet United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais Wilson 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland RE: Crackdown on Press Freedom & Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh Dear High Commissioner Bachelet, On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we write to draw your attention to the escalating human [ Read more ]

Open Letter on Myanmar to ASEAN and ASEAN Dialogue Partners
4:28 pm

To: ASEAN Leaders H.E. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Prime Minister of Brunei H.E Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia H.E Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos H.E Tan Sri Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia H.E Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines H.E Lee [ Read more ]

[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 ]