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‘I cannot witness human rights violations in silence, I need to protect human rights and human rights defenders.’ – Interview with Anara Ibrayeva, Director of Dignity
7 February 2019 11:40 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Anara Ibrayeva, founder and Director of Dignity, a human rights organisation from Kazakhstan and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Anara is an advocate for freedom from torture, and has been working for the protection of human rights defenders over the past 20 years. Anara shared with us her inspiration and challenges as a [ Read more ]

‘Insights into human rights are not just found in hallowed halls and formal reports, you need to go out on the streets and engage the community.’ – Interview with Micheline Rama, co-founder and Executive Director of Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism (Dakila)
4 February 2019 5:48 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Micheline Rama, co-founder and Director of Dakila, a movement-building organisation from the Philippines and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Micheline has been involved in advocacy and activism since she was a student, and became one of the founding members of Dakila, which brings together artists and individuals to create social transformation. Micheline shared with [ Read more ]

‘Civil and political rights, such as freedom of expression and association, cannot be fully realised unless you have economic, social and cultural rights safeguarded.’ – Interview with Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA
9 January 2019 11:42 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Chairperson of Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Nepal. As a human rights defender, Suresh shared with us his experiences with the land rights movement, difficulties faced by the landless and smallholder farmers, and the [ Read more ]

‘Cherish every moment, every victory and defeat, all joy and pain, for these experiences and challenges are what will make you grow and develop as a person.’– Interview with Dr Nymia P Simbulan, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA
13 December 2018 12:07 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Dr Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Chairperson of Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), a member of FORUM-ASIA in the Philippines. As a human rights defender, Nymia shared with us her experiences working for political prisoners and their families, and the obstacles [ Read more ]

‘Do not lose hope in your fight to get justice for victims/people.’– Interview with Asfinawati, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA
9 November 2018 4:47 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Asfinawati, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Executive Director of the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Indonesia. As a human rights defender, Asfinawati shared with us her experiences working for the justice of survivors of human rights violations, and the [ Read more ]

‘The struggle for human rights and justice of the oppressed is never easy. But if we are smart and strategic, it is possible to bring about the change.’ – Interview with Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert
10 October 2018 10:38 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert, a member of FORUM-ASIA in India. As a human rights activist from Manipur, Babloo shared with us the struggle of the Manipur people, the discrimination and violence they have faced, and the way how local civil society organisations challenged the unjust [ Read more ]

‘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 ]

Case study: Glooming effects of Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh
24 August 2018 2:58 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its first Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 19-25 November 2017. Prior to the event, participants were asked to submit case studies on specific issues related to human rights or development, with a particular focus on the role played by civil society organisations in addressing the [ Read more ]

Case Study: The case of Lena Hendry and Freedom of Expression in Malaysia
16 August 2018 3:22 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its first Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 19-25 November 2017. Prior to the event, participants were asked to submit case studies on specific issues related to human rights or development, with a particular focus on the role played by civil society organisations in addressing the [ 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 ]