Statements

[Joint Statement] De facto regime of Taliban backtracks human rights by dissolving Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
26 May 2022 4:22 pm

(Bangkok, 26 May 2022) — The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights I­­nstitutions (ANNI) and Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) condemn the dissolution of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on 17 May by the De Facto Regime of Taliban. The dissolution demonstrates the Taliban’s continued disregard of the rule of [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia Should Scrap Rights-Abusing National Internet Gateway
16 May 2022 11:37 am

We, the following 32 human rights organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to revoke the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway (NIG). Since passage of the sub-decree on February 16, 2021, the government has yet to address the serious human rights concerns raised by civil society groups and tech companies. At the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Decision on humanitarian assistance on Myanmar must include all related parties to avoid aid weaponization by the junta
11 May 2022 10:00 am

We, the 765 undersigned Myanmar, regional and international organizations, are gravely concerned by the outcome of the Consultative Meeting on ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance to Myanmar that puts the military junta in control of humanitarian aid distribution in Myanmar. Our organizations believe that this decision will enable the military junta  to weaponize humanitarian aid to gain [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: International Human Rights Community Urges Malaysian Government to Rethink Immigration Detention Policies & Practices
3 May 2022 11:28 am

In the early hours of 20th April, over 500 Rohingya refugees, including 97 women, 294 men, and 137 children, escaped from a detention centre in Sungai Bakap. It was later confirmed that 7 of those who fled were killed tragically in a traffic accident, including three young children. Over the following days, at least 467 people [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Stop using force against protestors and protect fundamental freedoms
29 April 2022 5:50 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 29 April 2022) – The excessive use of force by security personnel on peaceful protestors in Sri Lanka on 19 April has led to the death of a peaceful protestor. FORUM ASIA strongly condemns the crackdown by Sri Lankan authorities on the peaceful protestors who were exercising their fundamental rights. The Police’s excessive and [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Regional bloc must move beyond the failed consensus
27 April 2022 2:15 pm

One year on, since adopting the Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member states have not achieved any progress in addressing the human rights and humanitarian crisis perpetrated by the military junta. We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the inaction of ASEAN and urge the regional bloc to move [ Read more ]

Philippines: Joint Open Letter calling on Presidential Candidates to publicly pledge to protect human rights, and ensure accountability and to end the violence against human rights defenders and Repeal the Anti-Terror Law and other Repressive Laws
22 April 2022 2:54 pm

As the Philippines prepare to vote in the presidential elections on 9 May 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), urge all presidential candidates to publicly commit to protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, create a safe and enabling environment [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Stop Reprisals Against Victims, Activists
8 April 2022 11:37 am

Bangladesh authorities have responded to US Treasury Department sanctions on the notoriously abusive Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) by retaliating against victims’ relatives, human rights defenders and their families, and human rights organizations, twelve organizations said today. The US imposed the sanctions on the paramilitary unit and several of its current and former officials on December [ Read more ]

HRC49 Joint Oral Statement on Item 10: General debate on technical assistance and capacity-building – General Debate
5 April 2022 3:44 pm

49th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General debate on technical assistance and capacity-building – General Debate    Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation  March 2022    Mr. President, The Joint Programme on human [ Read more ]

HRC49 Oral Statement on Item 10: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia (oral update)
1 April 2022 10:53 am

49th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia (oral update) Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 29 March 2022    Madam Vice President, We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s [ Read more ]