Statements

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End judicial harassment of human rights defenders, repeal criminal defamation laws
30 March 2020 10:39 pm

We, the six undersigned civil society organisations, reiterate our call for the Thai authorities to end judicial harassment against human rights defenders and to cease reprisals against former workers of Thai poultry company Thammakaset. We also call upon the Government of Thailand to ensure that its national laws abide by international human rights laws and [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN urged to heed UN Sec-Gen call for ceasefire, ensure human rights amid COVID19
5:01 pm

Joint-Statement ASEAN urged to heed UN Sec-Gen call for ceasefire, ensure human rights amid COVID19 Southeast Asian states should heed call for global ceasefire, ensure conflict sensitivity and human rights in responding to COVID19 crisis We the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals, strongly urge the Member-States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Restore Internet Services in Rakhine and Chin States, promote access to information for all
25 March 2020 3:42 pm

(Bangkok, 25 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisations, Equality Myanmar, Progressive Voice and Women’s League of Burma call for the full restoration of Internet services in townships in Rakhine and Chin States to enable communities to access critical information in the time of the COVID-19 [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
20 March 2020 9:57 am

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 20 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, together with the Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy and the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned with the lack of a human rights focus in the current response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Members States. [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Trace missing journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol at the earliest
19 March 2020 4:39 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 19 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the alleged enforced disappearance of Shafiqul Islam Kajol, a Bangladeshi photo-journalist and editor of the Dhaka-based Bangla-language biweekly Pakkhakal. He has been missing since 10 March 2020.  His disappearance is particularly concerning given the criminal defamation [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement]China: Release Taiwanese Activist Li Ming-Che
9:30 am

Today, 19 March 2020, marks the third anniversary of the arbitrary detention of Taiwanese human rights defender Li Ming-Che by the Chinese authorities. Since his arbitrary arrest, Li Ming-Che’s rights have continued to be violated while in detention. We, the undersigned national and international organisations, strongly condemn these violations and call on the Government of [ Read more ]

HRC43 Oral Statement on Item 6 : Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Outcomes of Kazakhstan
13 March 2020 12:05 pm

43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Outcomes of Kazakhstan Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Amnesty International Thursday, 12 March 2020  Madam President, FORUM-ASIA and Amnesty International welcome Kazakhstan’s cooperation with [ Read more ]

HRC43 Oral Statement on Item 4 General Debate: INDIA-CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW
11 March 2020 6:10 pm

Human Rights Council, 43rd Regular Session Joint Oral Statement by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Human Rights Watch, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Minority Rights Group International, and World Organization against Torture (OMCT), in General Debate item 4 [ Read more ]

Myanmar: End impunity and violence against ethnic and religious minorities
2:26 pm

(Geneva/Bangkok/Yangon, 11 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD), Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Progressive Voice (PV), call on the Member and Observer States to the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”) to ensure an end to impunity and justice for victims and [ Read more ]

HRC43 Oral Statement on Item 4 General Debate: Joint Oral Statement Delivered by the International Federation for Human Rights Leagues (FIDH)
11:55 am

UN Human Rights Council 43rd Regular Session Item 4 General debate: Joint Oral Statement Delivered by the International Federation for Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) 10 March 2020   Madame President, Our organizations express grave concern over the human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir, where the authorities imposed severe restrictions after a decision to revoke [ Read more ]