Stories

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 ]

‘We need to make people’s struggle visible.’ – Interview with Mohammad Abdus Sabur, Secretary-General of the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF)
20 March 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 ]

‘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 ]

[Case Study] Joint Land Ownership: Equal Ownership and Equal Rights of Men and Women
13 December 2019 5:51 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its second Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 27 October – 2 November 2018. Below is a case study written by one of the participants of the GALP in 2018. More information on GALP can be found here. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this [ Read more ]

‘When human rights are prioritised, we are in effect prioritising human dignity’ – Interview with Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Executive Director of Law & Society Trust (LST)
3 December 2019 1:39 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Executive Director of Law & Society Trust (LST), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Sri Lanka. In this interview, Sakuntala shares with us her experiences as a human rights advocate working in a conflict-torn country, and her belief in human rights and people’s power. How did you [ Read more ]

‘There were times that we needed to have our own personal security guards’ – interview with Enkhjargal Davaasuren, National Coordinator of MONFEMNET National Network
11 November 2019 4:09 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Enkhjargal Davaasuren, National Coordinator of MONFEMNET National Network, an associate member of FORUM-ASIA based in Mongolia. In the interview, Enkhjargal talks about her experiences as a lawyer working on issues of violence against women and children, her challenges, and inspiring moments. How did you become involved with human [ Read more ]

[Case Study] Korean Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam Collapse in Laos
30 October 2019 12:16 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its second Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 27 October – 2 November 2018. Below is a case study written by one of the participants of the GALP in 2018. Information on the upcoming GALP, to be held in 2020, will be announced soon. Disclaimer: The [ Read more ]