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‘Be the change you would like to see in others.’ – interview with Sheepa Hafiza, Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Bangladesh
8 July 2019 11:08 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sheepa Hafiza, Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members from Bangladesh. In this interview, Sheepa talks about her experiences working in a challenging environment and the inspiration that keeps her going. How did you become involved with human rights? And how did you [ Read more ]

‘Be persistent and continue to do what you believe is right without prejudice.’ – Interview with Omer Dawoodjee, new Director of FORUM-ASIA.
5 June 2019 2:47 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Omer Dawoodjee, FORUM-ASIA’s new Director who just joined last month. Omer had worked as a journalist for more than nine years and have been engaging with the civil society and UN agencies for human rights issues in Myanmar. In this interview, Omer shared about his experiences working in a challenging environment and [ Read more ]

‘We need to listen to and learn from those involved in human rights advocacy’ – Interview with Wahyu Wagiman, Executive Director of Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Indonesia.
10 May 2019 11:00 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Wahyu Wagiman, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), a human rights organisation from Indonesia and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Wahyu has been advocating for the protection and promotion of human rights in Indonesia for many years. In this interview, Wahyu shared about his motivation and the difficulties [ Read more ]

‘If you are grounded and assure you are very close to the issues at the grassroots, you can identify the root causes of human rights violation.’ – Interview with Lubha Raj Neupane, Executive Director of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC)
5 April 2019 4:22 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Lubha Raj Neupane, Executive Director of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), a movement-based organisation from Nepal and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Lubha has been an advocate for the rights of women and children for a long time, and believes that women’s rights and social justice are prerequisites for peace and sustainable development in [ 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 March 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 ]

‘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 ]

‘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 ]