Statements

Hong Kong: End excessive use of force
19 November 2019 5:06 pm

(Bangkok, 19 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the excessive use of force against the demonstrators in Hong Kong. It calls on the Government of Hong Kong to maintain restraint and initiate a negotiated settlement to the grievances of its people. Over recent days, protesters and the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN Member States should respect fundamental freedoms
14 November 2019 12:32 pm

  (Bangkok, 14 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) from Malaysia and Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS) from Indonesia, strongly condemns the recent tactics used by the Cambodian Government to repress the fundamental freedoms of opposition members [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Maldives: Reverse the decision to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network
6 November 2019 6:05 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva/Kathmandu/Paris, 6 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – a partnership between International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – strongly condemn the decision on 5 November 2019 of the Maldivian authorities to [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Take immediate action to ensure security of Muhammad Ismail, father of Gulalai Ismail
25 October 2019 9:48 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 25 October 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) expresses concern over the alleged abduction of Muhammad Ismail, the father of Pashtun women human rights defender Gulalai Ismail. Muhammad Ismail was last seen being picked up by men wearing black militia dress outside Pashawar High Court yesterday.[1] Gulalai’s family [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Maldives: Civil society groups call for better respect for civic freedoms in report to the UN
23 October 2019 5:38 pm

23 October 2019 Maldives: Civil society groups call for better respect for civic freedoms in report to the UN Civil society groups CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA have submitted information to the UN Human Rights Council on civic freedoms in the country ahead of its review in 2020. While welcoming the human rights improvements undertaken by the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement]The Maldives: Immediately revoke the suspension of the Maldivian Democracy Network
22 October 2019 2:13 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 22 October 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) and the undersigned civil society organisations strongly condemn the ‘temporary’ suspension of the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN),[1] a leading human rights organisation in the Maldives and a member of FORUM-ASIA. We call on the Government of the Maldives to immediately revoke the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: Stop intimidation and harassment of SUARAM Executive Director, Sevan Doraisamy
15 October 2019 2:07 pm

(15 October 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Asia Democracy Network (AND), on behalf of their members, express solidarity with Sevan Doraisamy, the Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Executive Committee member of FORUM-ASIA, as he faces intimidation and harassment from the Kangar Police. On 11 [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Ensure justice and accountability for the killing of Abrar Fahad
11 October 2019 11:35 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 11 October 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of Abrar Fahad, a student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He was allegedly beaten to death by members of Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling party Awami League, following his Facebook [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Civil Society Organizations condemn the continued investigation of ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin
4 October 2019 1:43 pm

Phnom Penh, 04 October 2019 – We, the undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the investigation into unsubstantiated espionage charges against Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin. The pair were arbitrarily arrested, detained and charged for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and for their [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay
12:01 pm

  India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay Kathmandu/Bangkok/Paris/Geneva, 4 October 2019: Today completes two months of the unprecedented communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) urge [ Read more ]