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 ]

Human rights violations during WTO protests by Hong Kong police should be investigated
13 January 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA demands the immediate launch of independent investigations into the human rights violations by the Hong Kong police during the protests at the WTO meeting in December 2005. These include the abuse of detainees, not providing interpretation facilities, use of excessive force etc. The mass restriction of movement amounting to de facto detention and exposing [ Read more ]

Court verdict deepens the question: Where is Somchai?
12:00 am

The crucial question “Where is Somchai?” remains unanswered even after yesterday’s conviction of a police Major by Thai courts for forcibly pushing the prominent human rights lawyer into a car. Four other defendants were acquitted citing lack of clear evidence. However, the court has ruled that a state officer had forcibly abducted Somchai.The crucial question [ Read more ]

Stop the continuing arrest of Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia
9 January 2006 12:00 am

FORUM-ASIA is extremely alarmed at the continuing arrests of Cambodians, especially Human Rights Defenders, for the expression of their opinions. Freedom of expression and the ability to express criticism and dissenting views without fear of intimidation is an essential component of a democratic society. The ability of a government and its leaders to accept criticism [ Read more ]