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‘A sense of ‘hopelessness’ is embedded in society, and human rights defenders often feel alone.’—Interview with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Director of Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KIBHR)
6 July 2020 2:08 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA speaks with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Director of Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KIBHR), one of FORUM-ASIA members in Kazakhstan. In this interview, Yevgeniy shares with us his human rights journey as a citizen who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and fought against its [ Read more ]

‘Various forms of human rights violations are around us; turning away from them is simply not an option,’ – Interview with Pradip G. More, Deputy Director of Dalit Foundation
28 June 2020 12:40 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Pradip G. More, Deputy Director of Dalit Foundation, one of FORUM-ASIA members in India. In this interview, Pradip shared with us his human rights journey with the Dalit community and how he works to inspire and nurture the new generation of changemakers. How did you become involved with [ Read more ]

‘The cost of injustice is very high; we cannot afford to do nothing about it.’ – Interview with Tolekan Ismailova, Chairperson of Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan
2 June 2020 2:36 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Tolekan Ismailova, Chairperson of Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, FORUM-ASIA member in Kyrgyzstan. In this interview, Tolekan shared with us her human rights journey from her childhood and her experiences of working as a women human rights defender in a patriarchal society.  How did you become involved with human rights? And how [ Read more ]

‘I saw how students from other schools were forced into prostitution…’ – Interview with Judy A. Pasimio, Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK)
13 May 2020 10:14 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Judy A. Pasimio, a founder and Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK), FORUM-ASIA associate member in the Philippines. In this interview, Judy shared with us her human rights journey from her childhood, experiences of working with the indigenous women in the region, and the importance [ Read more ]

‘We need to make people’s struggle visible.’ – Interview with Mohammad Abdus Sabur, Secretary-General of the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF)
10 April 2020 9:35 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Mohammad Abdus Sabur, Secretary-General of the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF), one of FORUM-ASIA members based in Thailand. In this interview, Sabur shared with us his experiences of working in the development sector in Asia, and shared with us his inspiration from the grassroots communities he works with. How [ Read more ]

International Women’s Day 2020: Good practices and lessons learnt from our members
22 March 2020 11:00 am

8 March is celebrated across the world as International Women’s Day. It is a day intended to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. A day also to remind all of the indispensable role the women’s movement, women’s rights organisations and individual women human rights defenders have and continue to play in [ Read more ]

‘What is right will prevail and if you have a bunch of people with you who believe as you do, change is inevitable.’ – Interview with Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, new Executive Director of FORUM-ASIA
12 March 2020 2:09 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, who just joined us as the new Executive Director this month. In this interview, Shamini shared with us her experiences of working in the media, humanitarian agency, and human rights sector. She also talked about how challenging it is to counter the political machinery, and what [ Read more ]

#UN75: ‘The Human Rights Council has made a positive difference in addressing human rights violations’
4 February 2020 4:14 pm

  2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the roles the UN has played so far, the successes it has achieved and the challenges ahead. CIVICUS speaks to Rosanna Ocampo, UN Advocacy Senior Programme Officer with the Asian Forum [ Read more ]

‘If we are not doing anything for the people in need, we are not human.’ – Interview with Rahman, new Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer of FORUM-ASIA
15 January 2020 1:42 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Manna Rahman, who just joined us as the new Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer at the beginning of this year. In his interview, Manna shared with us his experiences of working in the development and human rights sector, how listening to people in need has inspired him, and [ Read more ]

‘We cannot detach ourselves from the ground’ – Interview with Sevan Doraisamy, Vice-Chairperson of FORUM-ASIA’s Executive Committee
7 January 2020 11:00 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sevan Doraisamy, Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Malaysia, and current Vice-Chairperson of FORUM-ASIA. In this interview, Sevan shares with us his experiences as a human rights defender working to advance civil and political rights, in particular of marginalised communities in Malaysia. How [ Read more ]