From our members

From Our Member, Law and Society Trust (LST), Sri Lanka – LST Review – Queering the Law
2 March 2017 5:32 pm

FORUM-ASIA’s member Law and Society Trust (LST) published its joint issue for December 2016 (Vol 27 – Issue 341), and is dedicated to the memory of Priyadarshini Thangarajah (1982-2015), a feminist researcher, activist and lawyer. ‘Exploring a question that informed Priya’s intellectual and activist journey, this Joint Issue inspired by queer theory aims to problematize [ Read more ]

From Our Member Pusat KOMAS, Malaysia – Press Statement: Free Lena Hendry – Victim of Unjust Censorship Law
28 February 2017 10:35 am

Lena Hendry was found guilty on February 21 2017 by the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur for screening “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, a film on human rights violations during the civil war in Sri Lanka. Her sentencing will take place on March 22, 2017. Human rights defender and former PUSAT [ Read more ]

From Our Member, Odhikar, Bangladesh – Written Statement Submitted to HRC34: Stop Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingyas in Burma/Myanmar
24 February 2017 4:34 pm

Human Rights Council Thirty-fourth session Agenda item 4 ODHIKAR – Coalition for Human Rights brings the situation of the Rohingya Muslim community of Myanmar’s Rakhine state to the notice of the United Nations Human Rights Council to seek immediate effective intervention from the international human rights community to protect the victims from ethnic cleansing. The [ Read more ]

From our Member, LICADHO, Cambodia – Joint Statement: Tep Vanny Convicted Again as Para-Police Attack Supporters
23 February 2017 5:45 pm

We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn today’s unjust conviction and sentencing of Tep Vanny and the latest outrageous violence perpetrated by para-police against her supporters outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Land activist and Boeung Kak Lake community representative Tep Vanny was convicted this morning of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to two [ Read more ]

From our Member, SUARAM, Malaysia – Prosecution of Young Refugee Violates Malaysia’s International Human Rights Obligations!
5:26 pm

23 February 2017 Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the detention of the 15 years old Rohingya refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents. Refugees remain one of the most marginalized community in Malaysia due to the continued refusal to acknowledge their existence by the Malaysian government and government institutions. The legal vacuum in terms [ Read more ]

From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Conviction of Lena Hendry Another Blow to Freedom of Expression!
21 February 2017 7:00 pm

21 February 2017 Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) finds the decision to convict Lena Hendry by the magistrate court under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Board regrettable and flawed in nature. The absence of adequate evidence led to Lena’s initial accquital was sound as there was a lack of evidence on part of the prosecution [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Release: Condolence on Suicide Bombing at the Shrine of Sufi Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif
1:34 pm

The National Commission for Justice and Peace, a rights based organization of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, strongly condemned the horrific incident of bombing at the Shrine of Sufi Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif. As per the reports up to 88 devotees were slain in the attack but the death toll is increasing by [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Release: Condemn the Bombing in Lahore, Chairing Cross and Quetta, Saryab Bridge
15 February 2017 1:13 pm

The metropolitan and provincial capitals of Pakistan i.e., Lahore and Quetta once again were brutally attacked by the extremist forces. The claim of suicide attack in Lahore killing 13 and injuring 53 was taken by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar. This banned group has warned the government of their new campaign against the government departments across [ Read more ]

From Our Member Bytes for all, Pakistan – Shrinking Spaces: Arbitrary measures by authorities impact rights to assembly and association online
8 February 2017 4:32 pm

FORUM-ASIA’s member Bytes for all, Pakistan published a report and publication ‘Shrinking Spaces: Arbitrary measures by authorities impact rights to assembly and association online’ with a joint output of  Association for Progressive Communications. It aims at documenting baseline information about the fundamental rights to association and assembly in online spaces by studying various cases over the [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Annual Human Rights Report 2016
16 January 2017 2:47 pm

FORUM-ASIA’s member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) published its 2016 Annual Report, focusing on the main human rights challenges and issues addressed, as well as the key activities undertaken by the organisation over the course of 2016. ‘Human rights are inherent, inalienable, interdependent, and indivisible, meaning they cannot be granted or taken away by none; [ Read more ]