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Case Study: Advocating for Digital Rights: Opportunities and Challenges in Pakistan
18 October 2019 11:00 am

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 ]

‘It is our responsibility to protect our rights and ensure we are all treated equally and justly’ – interview with Khin Ohmar, Founder and Chair of Progressive Voice
10 October 2019 1:10 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Khin Ohmar, Founder and Chair of Progressive Voice, an associate member of FORUM-ASIA based in Thailand. In this interview, Khin Ohmar talks about her experiences as a human rights activist from Burma/Myanmar and the inspiration that keeps her going. How did you become involved with human rights? And [ Read more ]

‘It is the learning experience that is the best part about working with FORUM-ASIA’ – interview with Wichai Prabpaln, Phasuk Riantub and Panadda Prakkamakul, the Finance Team of FORUM-ASIA
31 August 2019 5:35 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA shines a light on individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to promote and protect human rights. Wichai Prabpaln, Phasuk Riantub and Panadda Prakkamakul are from FORUM-ASIA’s Finance Team, and share with us how they got involved with FORUM-ASIA, and how meaningful they find their work and the contribution it [ Read more ]

‘We cannot progress socially nor economically without the equal participation of women and girls and other marginalised groups.’ – interview with Muhammad Ullah, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Manager of FORUM-ASIA
16 August 2019 3:54 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Muhammad Ullah, who just joined us as the new Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Manager two months ago. In this interview, Muhammad talks about his experiences advocating for the rights of minorities in Pakistan, and the challenges coming from multiple layers of marginalisation. How did you become involved [ Read more ]

‘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 ]