Stories

‘I am hopeful that the new generation, equipped with knowledge and tools, will create committed and effective solidarity to move the global society towards justice and equity.’- Interview with Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)
8 March 2018 5:11 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter we interviewed Subodh Raj Pyakurel. Subodh is the Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a FORUM-ASIA member based in Nepal. He started his human rights activism back in the 1980s and was one of the founders and past Chairpersons of FORUM-ASIA. In this interview we talk to him about [ Read more ]

‘I learned to refuse to surrender’ – An Interview with Yati Andriyani, Coordinator of KontraS
8 February 2018 4:40 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Yati Andriyani, who was elected as Coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members from Indonesia, early last year. Before taking on this position, she has had a long career fighting for human rights, particularly in Indonesia. In this interview [ Read more ]

‘Business and human rights is emerging as an important issue’ – Interview with Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS)
5 December 2017 11:38 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Hyun-Phil Na, Director of the Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS). KHIS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Seoul, South Korea, whose mission is to advocate for human rights issues and democracy, mainly focused on the Asia Pacific region. KHIS has long been a member of FORUM-ASIA. [ Read more ]

‘Too many lives have been lost, and we are far from the world we want to live in’, Interview with Furhan Hussain, former staff member of Bytes For All, Pakistan
8 November 2017 8:49 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed Furhan Hussain. He worked with FORUM-ASIA member Bytes for All, Pakistan for a couple of years and now is a consultant focusing on digital security, rights and advocacy. In this interview we talk to him about his background, his ideas about human rights, his experiences and much more. How [ Read more ]

‘It Was the Day Violence Got Defeated’ – Interview with Mukunda Kattel, one of FORUM-ASIA’s Directors
11 September 2017 12:08 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter we interviewed Mukunda Kattel. Mukunda is one of FORUM-ASIA’s own Directors, based in Thailand. Before joining FORUM-ASIA, Mukunda started his human rights work in his home-country, Nepal. As such, much of his inspiration stems from the experiences and transformation Nepal went through in the last decades. In this interview we talk [ Read more ]

‘Everyone is a Human Rights Defender at Heart’, Interview with Rachel Arinii Judhistari, FORUM-ASIA East Asia and ASEAN Advocacy Programme Manager
9 August 2017 12:18 pm

For this month e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA interviewed Rachel Arinii Judhistari, FORUM-ASIA East Asia and ASEAN Advocacy Programme Manager. Rachel started to be involved in human rights when she was 16 years old in Indonesia, and previously worked with the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). During the interview we asked her about her motivation, inspiring moments [ Read more ]

‘We need to work actively as human rights defenders in the country.’ – Interview with Kashif Aslam, Programme and Research Coordinator of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Pakistan
3 June 2017 5:48 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed Kashif Aslam. He is the Programme and Research Coordinator of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), based in Pakistan. He started his human rights activism when he was a student. He previously worked for many years for various human rights organisations. He is particularly involved in religious [ Read more ]

‘The belief in love, social justice and generosity runs deep in my life’- Interview with Chalida Tajaroensuk, Executive Director of the People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF)
10 May 2017 3:57 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter we interviewed Chalida Tajaroensuk. Pi Chalida is the Executive Director of the People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF), based in Thailand. She started her human rights activism when she was a student. She worked for many years for various human rights organisations, including FORUM-ASIA. Pi Chalida has been an integral part of FORUM-ASIA, [ Read more ]

‘If You Truly Understand Human Rights, Then Your Passion Will Never Falter’, Interview with Rose Trajano, Secretary General of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
8 March 2017 3:55 pm

In 2016 FORUM-ASIA elected a new Executive Committee. Max de Mesa took on the role of Treasurer. Unfortunately, Max passed away later in the year. His position was taken up by his long-time colleague, Rose Trajano, Secretary General of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA). The following interview is based on a conversation [ Read more ]

Interns of FORUM-ASIA: Interview with Shanna, Emile and Oh
6 February 2017 12:25 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed FORUM-ASIA’s three current interns at the office in Bangkok: Shanna Priangka Ramadhanti (Indonesia), East Asia Programme Intern, Émile Kinley-Gauthier (Canada), United Nations Advocacy Intern, and Oh Wong-Arthichart (Thailand), Information, Communication and Publication Programme Intern. They come from different places, have different backgrounds and different experiences, but they are each [ Read more ]