Statements

[Joint Statement] The Maldives: Maldives continues to fail to deliver justice for slain blogger Yameen Rasheed
23 April 2021 5:10 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 23 April 2021) – The Maldivian authorities must bring the killers of blogger and human rights defender Yameen Rasheed, found dead in his home four years ago today, to justice. ‘Yameen Rasheed was 29 years old when he was murdered four years ago today. Despite election pledges by the current government to bring his [ Read more ]

Summary of FORUM-ASIA’s interventions at the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC46)
9 April 2021 6:00 pm

The 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council took place from 22 February to 23 March 2021. FORUM-ASIA’s advocacy focused on human rights situations in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kashmir and the Philippines. It also engaged in discussions on the topic of reprisals in several other Asian countries, including in West Papua, Hong Kong, [ Read more ]

[Statement] ASEAN: Engagement with civil society critical for promotion and protection of human rights
8 April 2021 6:00 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 8 April 2021) — Sustained critical engagement between civil society organisations and the ASEAN human rights body is essential for the promotion and protection of human rights in ASEAN and it needs to be part of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Term of Reference, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

Joint Statement on the Death of Protesters and the Right to Peaceful Assembly
1 April 2021 9:38 pm

(April 1, 2021) The Bangladeshi authorities must conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigations into the death of at least 14 protesters across the country between 26 and 28 March, and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, said 11 human rights organizations in a joint statement today. The organizations also called on the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Brutal crackdown and targeting of human rights defenders and civil society continue
12:25 pm

1 April 2021 Myanmar: Brutal crackdown and targeting of human rights defenders and civil society continue Front Line Defenders, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice, Civil Rights Defenders, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH) and Reporters Without Borders condemn the gross human rights violations committed by the [ Read more ]

HRC46 Oral Statement: NGO End of Session
31 March 2021 8:26 pm

46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council NGO[1] End of Session statement Oral statement delivered by ISHR On behalf of 16 NGOs including the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)    Civil society participation Environmental justice Racial Justice Right to health Attempts to undermine HRC mandate Country-specific resolutions Country-specific State statements [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: ‘Golden Jubilee’ Should Be Turning Point on Human Rights
30 March 2021 3:53 pm

For Immediate Release International Community Should Stand with Victims of Abuses (New York, March 26, 2021) – Governments joining the celebrations to mark the 50th Founding Anniversary of Bangladesh and to honor the birth centenary of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26, 2021, should know that Bangladeshis are enduring an escalating crackdown on human rights by the Awami League-led [ Read more ]

[Joint statement] International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and State Donors: Stop loans and fully reassess Myanmar policy in light of coup d’état Do not fund the military junta or its cronies
25 March 2021 9:28 pm

To the international community, and in particular, IFIs and States, We urge you, in the strongest terms, to immediately freeze and comprehensively reassess your lending relationship with Myanmar, in light of the 1 February 2021 coup d’état by the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw). The coup was illegal, even under the Tatmadaw-designed 2008 Constitution of Myanmar, and [ Read more ]

HRC46 Oral Statement on Item 10: General Debate on technical cooperation and capacity building
24 March 2021 8:10 pm

46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General Debate on technical cooperation and capacity building Oral statement delivered by Cecile Gaa On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Human [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: End attempts to silence lawyer and human rights defender Charles Hector
3:44 pm

(Bangkok, 24 March 2021) – Attempts to intimidate Malaysian lawyer and human rights defender (HRD) Charles Hector for his work amount to harassment with the ultimate aim of silencing the people he represents, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Front Line Defenders said in a joint statement today. Human rights lawyer [ Read more ]