Statements

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: Emergency restrictions should not be used to further reinforce political power
14 January 2021 1:12 pm

(Bangkok, 14 January 2021) ‒ Malaysia’s recent declaration of a state of emergency risks compromising the rights of its people and its systems for accountability, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its Malaysia member organisations Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Pusat Komas (KOMAS), in a statement. A nation-wide emergency was [ Read more ]

Pakistan: End reprisal and crackdown against Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement
12:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 14 January 2021) – The recent arrests of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leaders by Pakistani authorities signal the deteriorating space for civic freedoms in the country, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in a statement today. ‘The arrests of Ali Wazir and Dr. Said Alam Mehsud also demonstrate the continued [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] The Maldives: One year since the arbitrary ban of Maldivian rights group the Maldivian Democracy Network
19 December 2020 3:00 am

19 December 2020 Today marks one year since the Government of the Maldives arbitrarily shut down the longest serving human rights group in the country, the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) and arbitrarily confiscated all of its funds. Since then, the Government has not reversed any of its unconstitutional actions related to the dissolution of MDN. [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Strengthen National Human Right Commission before Accreditation Upgrade
16 December 2020 2:30 pm

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Strengthen National Human Right Commission before Accreditation Upgrade (Bangkok/Geneva, 16 December 2020) — The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) should continue to be accredited as ‘B status’[1] in the re-accreditation exercise by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI-SCA), said the Asian NGO Network [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Laos: After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts
15 December 2020 4:54 pm

(AP Photo/Family Photo of Sombath Somphone) 15 December 2020: On the eighth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls on the government of Laos to reveal his fate and whereabouts, and to investigate all allegations of enforced disappearances in the country to bring [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Hong Kong: Free Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, repeal Hong Kong’s undemocratic Laws
10 December 2020 7:48 pm

Free Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, repeal Hong Kong’s undemocratic Laws   Joint Statement December 10, 2020 On December 2, Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts sentenced pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, Joshua Wong, and Ivan Lam to jail for their alleged role in a demonstration outside the police headquarters during the 2019 anti-extradition [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Statement on pro-democracy protests on 17 and 25 November 2020
26 November 2020 6:50 pm

  We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok on November 17, 2020. We are concerned that authorities could employ similar measures when facing protesters who have declared they will march to the Siam Commercial Bank headquarters on November [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Violence against women on the rise amid COVID-19 and rampant impunity
25 November 2020 8:23 pm

  A Joint Statement by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, Asian Human Rights Commission, International Federation for Human Rights and Odhikar on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020 BANGLADESH: Violence against women on the rise amid COVID-19 and rampant impunity Dhaka/Manila/Hong Kong/Paris, 24 November 2020: November 25 marks [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Release Arbitrarily Detained Student Protesters and Cease Further Prosecutions
24 November 2020 5:46 pm

  23 November 2020 We, the undersigned 10 human rights organizations, call on the Myanmar authorities to immediately end criminal proceedings against student activists and other individuals charged in relation to recent peaceful protest activities. We call on the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally  release those detained for simply exercising their human rights. Authorities [ Read more ]

Thailand: End police brutality and use of violence against the democracy movement
18 November 2020 6:26 pm

(Jakarta, 18 November 2020) ‒ The use of violence by police  to disperse yesterday’s protest by the pro-democracy movement is unjustified, and fails to meet the international human rights standards Thailand has committed itself to, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), said in a statement today. Thai police, yesterday, dispersed pro-democracy movement [ Read more ]