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#TogetherWeDefend Human Rights Campaign
4 April 2019 2:17 pm

The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders has just celebrated its twentieth anniversary alongside the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since its adoption in 1998, the term ‘human rights defenders’ has been increasingly used and there has been a marked elaboration of the protection regime for human rights defenders (HRDs) at the local, [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Ratifying UNCAT – Challenges and Opportunities for India
15 March 2019 10:52 am

Date: Monday, 18 March 2019 Time: 15.00 – 16.00 (Geneva Time) Venue: Room XXV, Palais des Nations Panellists:  Maja Daruwala, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives (CHRI), (remotely) Henri Tiphagne, Human Rights Defenders’ Alert – India (HRDA) Sharib Ali – The Quill Foundation Gerald Staberock – World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Moderator : Nicole Buerli (OMCT)

HRC 40 Side Event: New Authoritarianism – Implications to Human Rights and Civil Society
14 March 2019 4:34 pm

Date: 15 March 2019 Time: 13.00 (Geneva Time) Venue: Room XXV, Palais des Nations Speakers:  Risa Kaufman, Center for Reproductive Rights, USA Jean Wyllys, LGBT Rights Activist, Brazil Chito Gascon, Chair of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines Jamil Dakwar, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), USA Moderator Susan Wilding, CIVICUS      

HRC 40 Side Event: Myanmar – Another Year of Violence and Impunity – The Need for International Accountability
11 March 2019 3:43 pm

Date: Monday, 11 March 2019 Time: 17.00 – 18.00 Venue: Room XXII, Palais des Nations Speakers: Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Khin Ohmar, Progressive Voice Wai Wai Nu, Women Peace Network Moderator: Rosanna Ocampo, FORUM-ASIA

International Women’s Day 2019
8 March 2019 12:08 pm

To commemorate the International Women’s Day on 8 March, FORUM-ASIA has been featuring exceptional women human rights defenders working to promote fundamental freedoms in a series of posters on our FACEBOOK and Twitter during 4-8 March. You can find the posters below to see what brave women human rights defenders from across the region have [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Defending Expression and Diversity of Religion and Belief or Non-Belief in the Digital Age
5 March 2019 11:05 am

The Association for Progressive Communications, FORUM-ASIA and Humanists International invite you to a side event to discuss freedom of expression and diversity of religion and belief or non-belief in online spaces. Religion and peoples’ experiences as a result of their belief or non-belief is a highly popular topic of discussion in online spaces. While the [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Women human rights defenders resist!
27 February 2019 11:22 am

Women human rights defenders are on the front lines of struggles to attain peace, security, dignity and sustainable development for all. They work diligently to advance justice, freedom and equality to meet the ultimate goals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, State and non-State actors, in the majority of cases involving violations against [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Reconciliation, Accountability & Human Right in Sri Lanka
25 February 2019 3:32 pm

This event will address progress in implementing the Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 and required steps, in the format of presentations from human rights defenders from Sri Lanka and testimonies. Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019 Time: 13.30 – 14.30 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations Chair: Mr. Budi Tjahjono, Franciscans International Speakers: Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Centre for [ Read more ]

Expert Meeting on the Annual Performance of ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and the 10 Years Evolution of AICHR
8 February 2019 2:28 pm

2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) since it was inaugurated in October 2009 as a consultative body of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). For the last decade, AICHR has been guided by its Term of Reference (ToR) to promote and protect human rights, and regional cooperation on human rights [ Read more ]

12th ANNI Regional Consultation on 19-20 February 2019 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
11:42 am

On 19-20 February 2019, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), FORUM-ASIA, and its member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) are co-holding ANNI’s annual Regional Consultation in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The consultation will take into account the developments and discussions from previous regional consultations and conferences. Around 25 participants from ANNI member organisations will participate [ Read more ]