Interviews

Interns of FORUM-ASIA: Interview with Avantika, Cam, and Elaine  
20 October 2021 10:28 am

  For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed current interns at FORUM-ASIA: Avantika Singh (India), South Asia Programme Intern, Camikara Yuwono (Indonesia), Communication and Media Programme Intern, and Elaine Lazaro (the Philippines), United Nations Advocacy Intern. They come from different places and have different backgrounds and experiences, but they are each very enthusiastic about promoting human [ Read more ]

‘After hours of grueling negotiations in the depths of the forest, I was able to save the life of an individual who was about to be persecuted on the baseless allegations.’ – Interview with Gobinda Bahadur Shahi, Executive Director of Karnali Integrated Rural Development And Research Centre (KIDARC), Nepal
16 August 2021 5:48 pm

This month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Gobinda Bahadur Shahi, Executive Director of Karnali Integrated Rural Development And Research Centre (KIRDARC), Nepal. In the interview, Gobinda talks about his own experienced growing up in a rural community in the mountains and how this motivates him to amplify the voices of left-behind communities in Nepal. How did you [ 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 ]

#UN75: ‘The Human Rights Council has made a positive difference in addressing human rights violations’
4 February 2020 4:14 pm

  2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the roles the UN has played so far, the successes it has achieved and the challenges ahead. CIVICUS speaks to Rosanna Ocampo, UN Advocacy Senior Programme Officer with the Asian Forum [ Read more ]

‘Working in human rights gives me an opportunity to contribute to humanity’ – Interview with Roichatul Aswidah, newly appointed ANNI advisor
21 October 2019 5:26 pm

For this e-newsletter, ANNI interviewed Roichatul Aswidah, who is our newly appointed ANNI advisor, due to her extensive involvement and experience working both with civil society organisations (CSOs) and national human rights institutions. She served as the Commissioner of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia/Komnas HAM) from 2012 to 2017. [ Read more ]

‘The support of a NHRI in the work of women human rights defenders will provide a form of shelter and encouragement for women to engage in their areas of work, especially knowing that a redress mechanism and protection mechanism exist close to home.’ – Interview with Shahindha Ismail, Executive Director of the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), a member of ANNI in the Maldives
20 May 2019 3:10 pm

For this e-newsletter, ANNI interviewed Shahindha Ismail, who is the founder and current Executive Director of the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN). MDN is a non-partisan NGO which aims to promote human rights and the values and principles of democracy in the Maldives. Shahindha is a human rights defender and is one of the few defenders [ Read more ]

‘The more transparent and inclusive an NHRI can be in developing its strategic plan and determining its priorities, the more understanding, more supportive the wider human rights community will be.’ – Interview with Rosslyn Noonan, ANNI Advisor
6 August 2018 4:11 pm

For this quarter’s e-newsletter, ANNI talked to Rosslyn Noonan, who is an advisor to ANNI due to her extensive experience working on national human rights institutions. Rosslyn served as New Zealand’s Human Rights Chief Commissioner. She was also a Chairperson for International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. [ Read more ]