Statements

Laos: Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone
14 December 2018 11:54 am

Laos: Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone 14 December 2018: On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial and effective [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Put an end to harassment of Odhikar
16 November 2018 10:55 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 16 November 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA) strongly denounces the ongoing attack and harassment of Odhikar, a human rights organisation in Bangladesh. It has recently been a target of false and fabricated accusations. On 11 November, Janakantha, a pro-government newspaper published an article titled “The controversial organization [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: 100 days of incarceration for dissent, release Shahidul Alam without further delay
13 November 2018 6:17 pm

(Bangladesh/Kathmandu, 13 November 2018) – The Asian forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the continued detention of Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and human rights activist from Bangladesh. Alam, who founded the Drik Photo Gallery, was arrested shortly after he posted on Facebook about the protests for road safety in Dhaka in [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA condemns the brutal attack on women human rights defenders Agnes Kharshiing and her associate
9 November 2018 4:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 9 November, 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over brutal attack on the well-known Right to Information and anti-corruption activist and the president of Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma on 8 November 2018.  They were on a field visit to [ Read more ]

JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity in Cambodia
1 November 2018 10:30 pm

JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity in Cambodia Phnom Penh, 1 November 2018 – On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we, the undersigned civil society groups and communities, condemn the ongoing impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of crimes against journalists [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA denounces the rejection of the bail plea of human rights defenders
30 October 2018 10:53 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Right and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the rejection of bail plea from human rights defenders Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves. The Pune Sessions Court rejected the plea on 26 October. FORUM-ASIA believes that the rejection is an unreasoned reaction merely based on the accusation [ Read more ]

Statement on harassment allegations against a staff member of FORUM-ASIA’s member organisation
19 October 2018 7:00 pm

We have noted through social media that an allegation of sexual harassment has been raised against a staff member associated with People’s Watch, of Centre for the Promotion of Social Concern, a member organisation of FORUM-ASIA, based in Madurai, India. We appreciate that People’s Watch has taken immediate cognisance of the allegation by swiftly initiating [ Read more ]

Indonesia: FORUM-ASIA denounces the Indonesian authorities’ intimidation against civil society events parallel to the IMF-WGB Annual Meeting
6:23 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the Indonesian authorities’ disruption of several civil society-led events parallel to the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) in Indonesia last week. Those events were aimed at highlighting the negative impacts of International Financial Institutions on the communities [ Read more ]

Joint Civil Society Statement for AICHR Symposium 2018
17 October 2018 3:36 pm

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, applaud the AICHR for convening the AICHR and CSOs interface meeting within the “AICHR Training/Symposium” in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 13 – 15 October 2018, as a follow up to the CSOs, AICHR and relevant bodies’ interface meeting in November 2017. We note AICHR’s effort to provide updates in [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Myanmar to Immediately Release Journalists
12 October 2018 4:43 pm

(Bangkok, 12 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Equality Myanmar and Progressive Voice condemn the recent arrests of three journalists from Eleven Media – Nayi Min, Kyaw Zaw Linn and Phyo Wai Win. It is a worrying deterioration of press freedom and freedom of expression in Myanmar. Human rights groups [ Read more ]