Open Letters

[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 ]

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 ]