Statements

Statement of the Asia-Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives During the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) 2019
16 September 2019 11:31 am

Statement of the Asia-Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives  During the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) 2019 12 Sept 2019     –     Bangkok, Thailand We are communities and organizations all over the Asia-Pacific region who have come together to pursue protection and fulfillment of human rights and challenge destruct I’ve mining projects and [ Read more ]

India: One month on shut-down continues in Jammu and Kashmir
4 September 2019 5:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 4 September 2019) – It has been one month since the start of the shut-down in India administered Jammu and Kashmir. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) remains deeply concerned over these continuous restrictions on the freedom of expression and movement, and the further violations of human rights in the area. [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Civil society calls on the Government of Indonesia to respect and uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms of Papuan people
23 August 2019 7:06 pm

(Bangkok, 23 August 2019) – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express grave concerns on the recent escalating violence and human rights violations against people of Papua conducted by Indonesian security forces and fundamentalist groups. We call on the Government of Indonesia to side with the victims and fully protect the human rights of people [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: De-escalate violence in Hong Kong, respect freedom of peaceful assembly and association
16 August 2019 5:57 pm

(Bangkok, 16 August 2019) – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our deep concerns on the escalating violence in Hong Kong, and urge the authorities to ensure conditions for peaceful assembly and association are present, and the protestors to exercise their rights to protest peacefully. We call on the Hong Kong Government to take [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Bangladesh: Human rights groups urge government to implement recommendations on torture and other abuses after damning UN review
14 August 2019 2:21 pm

Global, 14 August 2019: – Following serious concerns expressed by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) about torture in Bangladesh, seven human rights organizations call on the Bangladeshi government to recognize the magnitude of the problem and address and implement the nearly 90 recommendations made by the UN body. On 9 August 2019, the CAT, [ Read more ]

India: Government must immediately lift communication restrictions and protect human rights in Jammu and Kashmir
13 August 2019 6:34 pm

India: Government must immediately lift communication restrictions and protect human rights in Jammu and Kashmir (Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 13 August 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the severe and prolonged communication restrictions in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir since 5 August 2019. The blackout on the Internet [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Lao PDR must live up to international human rights obligations, civil society call ahead of UN review
6 August 2019 2:35 pm

5 August 2019, Bangkok – Manushya Foundation, CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on the Government of Lao PDR to remove all unwarranted restrictions on civic space in the country ahead of its human rights review to be held at the United Nations (UN) in January-February 2020. The review [ Read more ]

India: Democratic rights must be respected and protected in Jammu and Kashmir
11:02 am

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 August 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its members are deeply concerned over the developments in India administered Jammu and Kashmir, where, over the last few days, fundamental human rights have been severely curtailed. We also condemn the outright revocation of Article 370 and its allied Bills, [ Read more ]

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders
31 July 2019 6:22 pm

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders (Bangkok, 31 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its utmost concern regarding recent findings by Global Witness, an international human rights organisation, proclaiming the Philippines as the deadliest country for land and environmental defenders. The Government of the Philippines [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Government must protect freedoms to prevent mass escalation of political asylum seekers
5:52 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 31 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is concerned over the mass escalation of Bangladeshis seeking political asylum overseas in the last few years. Asylum seekers often quote the repressive political environment and violations of basic civil and political rights in the country as reasons that have [ Read more ]