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‘We can not stay calm and ignore any human rights violations, when cases of human rights abuses are occurring every day’– Interview with Luis de Oliveira Sampaio, Executive Director of Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)
9 September 2018 1:49 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Luis de Oliveira Sampaio, Executive Director of Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Timor-Leste. Luis has been a human rights activist since he was a university student. The referendum in 1999 has changed Timor’s history and that was when Luis started working in the human rights [ Read more ]

‘Human rights have no boundaries of age’ – Interview with Aung Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar
3 August 2018 3:26 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to U Aung Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar, a member of FORUM-ASIA. U Myo lived in exile since after the uprising in 1988, but returned to Myanmar in 2012. He is a well-known human rights activist, and has been supporting the democratic movement in Myanmar for much [ Read more ]

‘The only way to deal with this challenge of authoritarian regimes that are coming up in the region is movement building’ – Interview with Gayatri Khandhadai, Asia Policy Regional Coordinator of the Association for Progressive Communications
13 July 2018 3:44 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Gayatri Khandhadai, Asia Policy Regional Coordinator of the Association for Progressive Communications. In this interview, Gayatri Khandhadai shared with us about her experience working in the field of digital rights, challenges in the Asian region, and the importance of movement building through alternative ways. How did you become involved with [ Read more ]

‘Fighting for the advancement of your country now, might result in fewer challenges for the next generation’- Interview with Soeng Senkaruna, Senior Human Rights Investigator and Spokesperson of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)
6 June 2018 2:00 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Soeng Senkaruna, Senior Human Rights Investigator and Spokesperson of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), a member of FORUM-ASIA. He has long been active in supporting the democratisation process of Cambodia, and is a dedicated human rights activist.  In this interview, Soeng Senkaruna shared with us [ Read more ]

‘Most people do not like to be made feel like they are stupid when they are in the public eye’- An Interview with Naranjargal Khashkhuu, President and CEO of Globe International Center, Mongolia
9 May 2018 3:07 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Naranjargal Khashkhuu, President and CEO of Globe International Center (GIC), Mongolia, a member of FORUM-ASIA. She has a long history of working on independent and democratic media, including: election coverage; public service broadcasting; television journalism; journalism and society; human rights; gender reporting; and the right to information. In [ Read more ]

‘I am hopeful that the new generation, equipped with knowledge and tools, will create committed and effective solidarity to move the global society towards justice and equity.’- Interview with Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)
8 March 2018 5:11 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter we interviewed Subodh Raj Pyakurel. Subodh is the Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a FORUM-ASIA member based in Nepal. He started his human rights activism back in the 1980s and was one of the founders and past Chairpersons of FORUM-ASIA. In this interview we talk to him about [ Read more ]

‘I learned to refuse to surrender’ – An Interview with Yati Andriyani, Coordinator of KontraS
8 February 2018 4:40 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Yati Andriyani, who was elected as Coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members from Indonesia, early last year. Before taking on this position, she has had a long career fighting for human rights, particularly in Indonesia. In this interview [ Read more ]

‘Working in the Field of Human Rights Requires Passion’ – Interview with Chou Yi-Lan, Sutawan Chanprasert and Barrisar Busimunkunkul.
12 January 2018 10:00 am

This month, January 2018, there are three new people joining the office in Bangkok. They are Chou Yi-Lan from Taiwan as the Communication and Media Programme Officer, and Sutawan (Ploy) Chanprasert from Thailand as the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) Programme Officer. At the same time, Barrisar (Sha) Busimunkunkul, who is hired for the Innovation [ Read more ]

‘Business and human rights is emerging as an important issue’ – Interview with Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS)
5 December 2017 11:38 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS). KHIS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Seoul, South Korea, whose mission is to advocate for human rights issues and democracy, mainly focused on the Asia Pacific region. KHIS has long been a member of FORUM-ASIA. [ Read more ]

‘Too many lives have been lost, and we are far from the world we want to live in’, Interview with Furhan Hussain, former staff member of Bytes For All, Pakistan
8 November 2017 8:49 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed Furhan Hussain. He worked with FORUM-ASIA member Bytes for All, Pakistan for a couple of years and now is a consultant focusing on digital security, rights and advocacy. In this interview we talk to him about his background, his ideas about human rights, his experiences and much more. How [ Read more ]