Statements

[Condolence Note] The Passing of Jose Louis Martin Gascon
15 October 2021 10:28 am

(15 October 2021) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) express deep sorrow on the passing of Jose Louis Martin C. Gascon, or ‘Chito’, the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) on 9 October 2021.‘ “Chito Gascon [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Singapore: Withdraw Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill
13 October 2021 2:17 pm

October 13, 2021 – Today, ten undersigned organizations called on the Government of Singapore to withdraw the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (‘FICA’). FICA’s provisions contravene international legal and human rights principles – including the rights to freedom of expression, association, participation in public affairs, and privacy – and will further curtail civic space, both online [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 10: General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building
11 October 2021 9:57 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) 7 October 2021        Madam President, We welcome the High Commissioner’s update [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia
6 October 2021 9:07 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 6 October 2021      Madam President, Special Rapporteur, Human rights situation in Cambodia [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 6: Adoption of the UPR Outcomes of Singapore
30 September 2021 1:54 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Adoption of the UPR Outcomes of Singapore  Delivered by Soe Min Than On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 30 September 2021      Madam President, FORUM-ASIA makes this statement in solidarity with our member Think Centre. We note [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 5: Interactive dialogue on the Secretary General’s report on alleged reprisals against those who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms
29 September 2021 7:59 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: Interactive dialogue on the Secretary General’s report on alleged reprisals against those who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms  Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 29 September [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka – End arbitrary arrests, reprisals against human rights defenders and activists advocating for education rights
28 September 2021 5:12 pm

We the undersigned human rights organizations strongly condemn the ongoing persecution and reprisals by Sri Lankan authorities against student leaders, labour union leaders, teachers, academics, and others involved in recent protests against education policies in the country. Sri Lankan authorities have responded to the expression of dissent, protests and the exercise of the rights to [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 4: Interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
23 September 2021 10:30 pm

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Myanmar  Delivered by Khin Ohmar On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 23 September 2021     Madam President, Madam High Commissioner, We welcome [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Government should end the judicial harassment and immediately withdraw arbitrary charges against defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar
5:00 pm

(Bangkok, 23 September 2021) ‒ The Indonesian government should put an end to the judicial harassment against human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, and uphold the right to freedom of expression, a group of human rights organisations said. ‘The Government of Indonesia must uphold its international human rights obligations under the International Covenant [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
22 September 2021 4:07 pm

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar  Delivered by Khin Ohmar of Progressive Voice On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 22 September 2021     Madam President, Special Rapporteur, The people of [ Read more ]