From our members

From our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – World Press Freedom Day 2017 Marks a New Low for Free Speech in Asia
3 May 2017 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 ]

From our Member PUSAT Komas, Malaysia – ACSC/APF Strategic Derections Workshop, Final Report and Joint Decisions for the Future of
10 April 2017 3:05 pm

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum  held the ACSC/APF Strategic Workshop from October 24 to 26, 2016 at the Pullman Hotel in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to achieve the following objectives: 1. To study the Final Report of “South East Asia People’ Engagement Towards a People-Centered ASEAN: A Ten-Year [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Human Rights Monitor Report (March 2017)
4 April 2017 6:23 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its monthly human rights monitor report. The March 2017 report focuses on the following: extrajudicial killings; torture and inhuman treatment; enforced disappearances; public lynching; political violence; local government elections held with irregularities; hindrance to freedom of assembly; hindrance to freedom of expression and the media; situation of workers’ rights; [ Read more ]

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 ]