Statements

[Joint Statement] India: Repeal the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act (FCRA) immediately
13 October 2020 11:03 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 13 October 2020) – Civic space in India is at risk of shrinking even further with the recent amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) – a regressive step in the world’s largest democracy, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and eight of its member organisations in India said in a [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: End police violence, respect fundamental freedoms at the Omnibus Law protests
8 October 2020 6:05 pm

A PDF version of this joint statement is available in Bahasa Indonesia below. Pernyataan pers ini boleh didapati dalam versi Bahasa Indonesia, sila rujuk PDF di bawah. (Bangkok/Jakarta, 8 October 2020) ‒ The Government of Indonesia should ensure the protection of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and halt law enforcement from using excessive force [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Repeal the Omnibus Law on Job Creation, abide to human rights obligations
6 October 2020 5:04 pm

(Jakarta, 6 October 2020) – The Indonesian Government should immediately repeal the Omnibus Law on Job Creation (also known as UU Cipta Kerja) as it severely curtails the country’s human rights obligations, said rights groups. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its Indonesian members, Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Commission for [ Read more ]

HRC45 Oral Statement on Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia
2 October 2020 11:22 am

45th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Oral Statement Delivered by Joy Anne Icayan On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 1 October 2020 Madam President, The government of Cambodia continues [ Read more ]

HRC45 Joint Oral Statement for the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Lao PDR
11:01 am

Human Rights Council 45th Session Joint Oral Statement for the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Lao PDR Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Manushya Foundation and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Delivered by Lisa Majumdar 28 September 2020 Thank you, Mr. Vice President. We note that the government of Lao PDR [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Singapore: Drop police report against independent media outlet New Naratif
10:28 am

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, urge the government of Singapore to order the Elections Department (ELD) to immediately withdraw its police report against New Naratif, and to cease abusing the law to harass critical voices and independent journalists. On 18 September 2020, Singapore’s Elections Department released a press statement in which it stated that [ Read more ]

India: Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work – Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups
30 September 2020 5:28 pm

For Immediate Release India: Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups (New York, September 30, 2020) – Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization’s human rights work. Fifteen international [ Read more ]

Singapore: Take steps towards the abolition of the death penalty
10:30 am

Singapore: Take steps towards the abolition of the death penalty (Bangkok/Singapore, 30 September 2020) – Singapore should take steps towards the total abolition of the death penalty, keeping in mind the international human rights standards on the right to life, and the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Address ongoing threats to life against Lertsak Kumkongsak and environmental human rights defenders
24 September 2020 6:36 pm

Thailand: Address ongoing threats to life against Lertsak Kumkongsak and environmental human rights defenders (Jakarta, 24 September 2020) – The death threats and the ongoing intimidation of an environmental human rights defender (EHRD), Lertsak Kumkongsak showcase the mounting threats faced by human rights defenders in Thailand today. The Government has the obligation to ensure the [ Read more ]

India: Stop the false accusations and arrests of human rights defenders in the Delhi riots case
2:17 pm

India: Stop the  false accusations and arrests of human rights defenders in the Delhi riots case (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 24 , September 2020) ‒ The Indian government must stop the arrests and drop all charges against nine academics, student leaders, human rights defenders  and activists in the Delhi riots case and the targeted use of draconian provisions [ Read more ]