Statements

Will the Human Rights Council Be A Better Alternative to the Commission on Human Rights?
27 February 2006 12:00 am

While many international non-governmental organizations have openly welcomed the draft resolution on the United Nations Human Rights Council, FORUM-ASIA is concerned that there are less significant or substantive changes to the present Commission on Human Rights, which has been discredited for its double-standards and ineffectiveness. Although the draft resolution puts forth various technical changes, it [ Read more ]

FA address at the Civil Society Forum on NGOs’ Statement to the 2006 Consultative Group Meeting
12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA was invited by the Civil Society Forum to Phnom Penh to present its perspectives on the current situation of official development assistance in Cambodia. During the meeting, the FA representative explained why human rights are important in development, highlighted the challenges faced in Cambodia’s development, and made some recommendations to the donors and the [ Read more ]

State of emergency is no solution to unrest
12:00 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the declaration of the state of emergency in the Philippines. At the same time, we also condemn the attempted military take-over, which the declaration was based upon. Both are actions that undermine the already weak democratic processes in the Philippines. These acts have muddled [ Read more ]

Human Rights, Land, and Rule of Law Should Top Donor Advocacy Agenda in Cambodia
23 February 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA along with Human Rights Watch, Global Witness, the International Federation for Human Rights and the Asian Human Rights Commission has issued a joint statement calling for Cambodia's international donors to intensify pressure on the Cambodian Government, in order to end its repression of fundamental human rights as well as the pillaging of Cambodia's state [ Read more ]

Written statements by FORUM-ASIA and its members to the 62nd session of the UN HRC
20 February 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA, together with its member organisations, submitted six written statements on key human rights issues in three Asian countries to the 62nd session of the Commission on Human Rights. The statements addressed the issue of extrajudicial killings as well as the rise of religious intolerance in Bangladesh; the crackdown on democracy and gross violations of [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA comments on ongoing negotiations regarding proposed Human Rights Council
13 February 2006 12:00 am

FA has released its comments on the latest “Co-Chairs’ Text” as of 1 February 2006 on the proposed Human Rights Council (HRC). The comments were passed on to the concerned governments’ representatives via the New York-based NGOs who are monitoring closely the ongoing negotiation process. FA has released its comments on the latest “Co-Chairs’ Text” [ Read more ]

Royal Pardon or Smart Strategic Move?
8 February 2006 12:00 am

While FORUM-ASIA welcomes the royal pardon granted to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, fellow opposition parliamentarian Cheam Channy and the release of human rights defenders earlier, it is concerned that these may be mere temporary concessions in the face of condemnation of the Prime Minister’s strong arm tactics by Cambodian and international civil society groups, [ Read more ]

Nepal under Royal Regime: One year of dictatorial rule deepening the national crisis
1 February 2006 12:00 am

Joint Appeal of NGOs, civil society organizations and trade unions around the world expressing deep concern over the Royal crackdown on democracy and gross violations of human rights, as well as continued conflict with the Maoists (Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist) in Nepal. They note that despite the lifting of the state of emergency on April [ Read more ]

ADHOC, LICADHO and FA write IPU Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians
26 January 2006 12:00 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its Cambodian member organizations ADHOC and LICADHO, writes the Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parlimentary Union (IPU) to welcome and comment on the resolution of IPU on Mr. Cheam Channy, Member of National Assembly of Cambodia, adopted on October 19, 2005. [ Read more ]

Release of detained activists: charges should be dropped and human rights fully respected
23 January 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA welcomes the release of five detained Cambodian activists. Yeng Virak, Director of the Community Legal Education Centre, was released on bail on January 11, 2006. On January 17, Kem Sokha, President of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR), Pa Guon Tieng, Director of (CCHR), Rong Chhun, President of the Teacher's Association, and Mam [ Read more ]