From our members

From our Member PVCHR, India – #UPR3INDIA and PVCHR
7 May 2017 3:27 pm

7 May 2017: PVCHR submitted its reports in UPR third cycle as individual and part of joint submission of 1 & 34. PVCHR urged India to immediately implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women following her 2013 mission. PVCHR, JS11 and JS1 reported on the alleged widespread use of torture.130 AI [ Read more ]

From our Member JSMP, Timor Leste – The Appointment of the President of the Court of Appeal is necessary and valid pursuant to Article 110 of Law 11/2004 Amending the Statute of Judicial Magistrates
5 May 2017 3:27 pm

5 May 2017: JSMP considers the decision of the President, Taur Matan Ruak, to appoint Deolindo dos Santos as the President of the Court of Appeal to be necessary and valid pursuant to the law. The appointment and swearing-in of the new President of the Court of Appeal on 28 April 2017 occurred in response to [ Read more ]

From our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives – Statement on Press Freedom Day 2017
4 May 2017 4:36 pm

It is unfortunate that freedom of press has been deteriorating in Maldives. We fall under the “Not Free” category in the World Press Freedom Index. This matter certainly cannot be ignored because the result came with good reason. The abduction of Ahmed Rilwan, well-known journalist from Maldives Independent, over three years ago lead to a [ Read more ]

From our Member HRWG, Indonesia – Response to Indonesian UPR Session in UN Human Rights Council
3 May 2017 4:14 pm

Geneva, 3 May 2017: Indonesian civil society expresses its greatest appreciation to the Government of Indonesia which has exhibited its commitment to cooperate openly and dialogically with the international human rights mechanism by attending the Universal Periodic Review Session (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on May 3, 2017. The UPR meeting was attended [ Read more ]

From our Member KontraS, Indonesia – KontraS Response on the 3rd Cycle UPR for Indonesia – Human Rights Facts that Many Covered by the Government of Indonesia in Geneva
3:40 pm

Jakarta, 3 May 2017: The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has been monitoring the third round of the Universal Periodic Review for Indonesia on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The process that we follow from Jakarta, Indonesia does not seem to indicate the spirit of human rights diplomacy. The UPR led by three [ Read more ]

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – World Press Freedom Day 2017 Marks a New Low for Free Speech in Asia
11:45 am

Islamabad, May 03, 2017: On this World Press Freedom Day, the world stands at its lowest state of press freedom in 13 years. In particular, the state of press freedoms in Asia is increasingly becoming enveloped in a climate of fear, with blatant violations of fundamental rights and authoritarian controls taking over the journalistic missions [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Human Rights Monitor Report (April 2017)
2 May 2017 10:40 am

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its monthly human rights monitor report. The April 2017 report focused on the following: extrajudicial killings; torture and inhuman treatment; enforced disappearances; public lynching; political violence; Collecting information of leaders of the opposition parties by Special Branch of Police Electoral system and local government Hindrance to freedom of assembly [ Read more ]

From our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, Maldives – Statement on the Brutal Murder of Blogger and Human Rights Defender Yameen Rasheed
24 April 2017 1:27 pm

We call on the international community to assist in the investigation of the brutal murder of Yameen Rasheed, blogger and human rights defender. Yameen is not the first blogger to come under fatal attack and we fear that the local authorities need all the assistance available in this matter. We do not wish for a [ Read more ]

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – Yameen Rasheed: Killing Field of Dissenting Voices Widens in South Asia
12:27 pm

Islamabad, April 23, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan expresses deep shock and grief at the brutal murder of prominent Maldivian blogger and civil rights activist, Yameen Rasheed. We strongly condemn this act of cowardice and impunity, and urge the local and international human rights community to intervene so that justice can be served to Yameen [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Report of National Consultation on the Implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture
19 April 2017 2:36 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, in collaboration with the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Bangladesh Alliance against Torture, organised a two-day National Consultation on the Implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture on January 25 and 26, 2017 at the CCDB-HOPE Foundation in Savar, Dhaka, to mobilise civil society and create a platform for [ Read more ]