Statements

Asian gov’ts should protect the rights of refugees and IDPs more effectively
20 June 2006 12:00 am

Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. This day is a chance for people around the world to remember the plight of refugees and other displaced persons, and to join together in solidarity to promote, protect and respect the human rights of these people. It should also be a day when States are reminded of [ Read more ]

Cambodia: New UN Human Rights Council must tackle deteriorating human rights situation on the ground
19 June 2006 12:00 am

Today, a historic moment will take place as the newly created United Nations Human Rights Council convenes its first-ever session in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19- 30 June. On this occasion, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development (ADHOC), the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), and the Asian Forum for Human [ Read more ]

Historic opening of the Human Rights Council: time to make the UN matter to human rights victims
16 June 2006 12:00 am

On Monday, 19 June, a historic moment will take place as the newly created United Nations Human Rights Council (Council) convenes its first-ever session in Geneva, Switzerland, until 30 June. The Council has been created to overcome the flaws of the sixty-year old Commission on Human Rights, such as the inclusion of gross human rights [ Read more ]

Timor Leste Gov’t Must Apply Rule of Law, Protect IDPs and End Impunity to Restore Democracy
15 June 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA is deeply concerned over the recent turmoil in Timor Leste and urges the government to take necessary measures to end political tensions immediately by ensuring full official cooperation with international and national inquiries into deaths which resulted from ongoing violence in Dili, its capital city. FORUM-ASIA is deeply concerned over the recent turmoil in [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA seeks support to reconstruct SAMIN’s quake-shattered headquarters
13 June 2006 12:00 am

On the early morning of 27 May 2006, the ancient city of Yogyakarta was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, 25 kilometers from the centre of the quake which was under the seabed south of Java Island. The worst hit areas were the Bantul and Klaten districts and the south of the city. The office [ Read more ]

Marcos Compensation Bill – Where is Justice?
7 June 2006 12:00 am

While the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)–FORUM-ASIA member in the Philippines–lauds the effort of the Philippine Congress for passing the Marcos Compensation Bill as a partial victory for the cause of justice and human rights, it also registers its reservations regarding the manner that compensation is viewed by both the Government and the [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA expresses deepest condolences and solidarity with victims of Indonesia earthquake
30 May 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA expresses our deepest condolences to the victims of and our solidarity with the survivors of the 27 May 2006 earthquake that struck the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. So far the earthquake has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people, with more than 15,000 injured and an estimated 200,000 people displaced – most of [ Read more ]

Malaysia Should Act on Its Pledges to the Human Rights Council – STOP POLICE VIOLENCE AND IMPUNITY
29 May 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA strongly condemns the high-handedness of the police who acted violently and aggressively to stop a peaceful protest against fuel and electricity price hikes at the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (28 May). These acts were totally unnecessary and constitutes a gross violation of the right to peaceful assembly of the people as [ Read more ]

Open letter on the arbitrary appointment of Commissioners to the National Human Rights Commission
20 May 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA expresses deep concern about the recent appointment of Commissioners to the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (NHRC), which has bypassed the constitutional process, and severely undermines the credibility and independence of the NHRC. It notes that the appointment was made a mere nine days after Sri Lanka’s election to the UN Human [ Read more ]

Hun Sen Government must recognise its shortcomings and strengthen its judiciary: FORUM-ASIA
19 May 2006 12:00 am

While FORUM-ASIA welcomed the positive recognition made by Prime Minister Hun Sen to Ms. Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following her official visit to Cambodia from 15-19 May 2006, the Cambodian government was urged to  recognise its shortcomings, acknowledge constructive criticisms and invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of [ Read more ]