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‘So many actions by civil society have proven PSPD’s belief that people power can change the world.’ ‒ Interview with Eunkyung Cheon, Senior Coordinator at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), South Korea
18 June 2021 11:39 am

This month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Eunkyung Cheon, Senior Coordinator at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), FORUM-ASIA’s member in South Korea. In the interview, Eunkyung shared with us how she started her work in the human rights and development sector, her experiences with activists, and how she constantly learns from people she works with. How did you [ Read more ]

‘Access to valid information is everyone’s right, no exceptions.’ – Interview with Sasmito Madrim, Chairperson of The Alliance of Independent Journalist Indonesia (AJI)
5 May 2021 4:13 pm

This month in conjunction with the World Press Freedom Day, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sasmito Madrim, Chairperson of the Alliance of Independent Journalists Indonesia (AJI), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Indonesia. In the interview, Sasmito shared with us how he has worked to advance the welfare of media workers and press freedom in Indonesia and the region, and how the access to [ Read more ]

‘I vowed that from then on, I would use my liberty to promote Asian solidarity and the rights of others.’ – Interview with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw
5 April 2021 2:25 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw, FORUM-ASIA’s member in the Philippines. In the interview, Ritz shared with us how ordinary people doing extraordinary work keeps him going, a defining moment that completely changed his thoughts on solidarity and how upholding human rights is a duty. How did you [ Read more ]

‘Although it is not easy to challenge social norms and family practices in a patriarchal society, I have never abandoned our struggle towards gender equality.’ — Interview with Nazia Sardar, Executive Director of the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM)
9 March 2021 8:41 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter and in commemoration of International Women’s Day, FORUM-ASIA talked with Nazia Sardar, Executive Director of the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Pakistan. In the interview, Nazia Sardar shared with us how she turned her vulnerabilities into strengths that drive her human rights work, why rights for all [ Read more ]

Interns and fellows of FORUM-ASIA: Interview with Nidhi and Javeria
5 February 2021 1:22 pm

‘It is an exciting place with a lot happening and definitely an exceptional example of dynamic female leadership.’ For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed a current fellow and a current intern at FORUM-ASIA: Nidhi Singh (India), Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow and Javeria Kella (Pakistan), South Asia Programme Intern. They come from different places, have [ Read more ]

‘We must help and support people to speak out whenever they face any form of violations; we need to hear from them and raise their voice to the world.’ ‒ Interview with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma
9 December 2020 8:00 am

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma, FORUM-ASIA’s member in Myanmar. In the interview, Naw Hser Hser shared with us how the oppression and gender-based violence in the region motivated her to study human rights and speak for the people whose rights had been [ Read more ]

‘Countless atrocities against civilians and their stories of pains and sorrows made me want to work for justice.’ ‒ Interview with Hassan Ali Faiz, Research Director of Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN)
9 November 2020 5:28 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Hassan Ali Faiz, Research Director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Afghanistan. In the interview, Faiz shared with us how the discrimination and almost-complete execution of the Hazara ethnic group to which he belong motivated him to fight for human rights.    [ Read more ]

‘It’s not easy but our voices and the voices of the marginalised need to be heard,’ ‒ Interview with Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, Founding Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)
8 October 2020 4:18 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, Founding Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members in Bangladesh. In the interview, Dr Tasneem shared with us how she played a role in enabling more than 100,000 Bangladeshi women every year exercise their constitutional right to pursue [ Read more ]

‘It is imperative that I tell the actual story and provide the information needed without fear of repercussions.’ – Interview with Melissa Ananthraj, new Communication and Media Programme manager of FORUM-ASIA
4 September 2020 12:14 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Melissa Ananthraj, who just joined us as the new Communication and Media Programme manager. In this interview, Melissa shared with us her inspiration from childhood and how she uses communication as a tool to tell peoples’ stories How did you become involved with human rights? And how did [ Read more ]

‘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 August 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 ]