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India: Demilitarise educational institutions in the state of Manipur
6 November 2019 1:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 November, 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member in Manipur, Human Rights Alert (HRA), are deeply concerned over the deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces and the Indian Army to Manipur, and the militarisation of educational institutions. The increased presence of the military in the already militarised [ Read more ]

India: Surveillance of activists and journalists using spyware is gross violation of human rights
4 November 2019 5:42 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 4 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) is deeply concerned over reports that journalists and human rights activists have been spied up and surveilled through the use of highly sophisticated spyware, Pegasus.[1] Pegasus, developed by an Israel-based technology firm, NSO Group, can gain access to the camera, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay
4 October 2019 12:01 pm

  India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay Kathmandu/Bangkok/Paris/Geneva, 4 October 2019: Today completes two months of the unprecedented communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) urge [ Read more ]

HRC42 Oral Statement on Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
19 September 2019 11:18 am

42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 17 September 2019 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA calls for the Council’s attention on the human [ 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 ]

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 Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi on Situation in Jammu & Kashmir
10:21 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi New Delhi 12 August 2019 Dear Prime Minister Modi, We, the undersigned civil society activists and organizations, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, and academics from around the globe, write to express our deep concern regarding the recent actions your government has taken over the past week in the State of Jammu [ Read more ]

India: Democratic rights must be respected and protected in Jammu and Kashmir
6 August 2019 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 ]

From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Monthly Report of July 2019
2 August 2019 4:06 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) published its monthly report of July 2019. The report gave an overview of the complaints sent to various human rights mechanisms, its progress, and responses.  The report also presents case briefs of victims and the human rights violations they face, including extrajudicial killings, tortures, attacks, and detentions. *** The full [ Read more ]

Freedom of Expression under Threat – Perspectives from Media and Human Rights Defenders in Asia
25 July 2019 1:46 pm

As freedom of expression is being curtailed and civic space is shrinking across Asia, few groups are as much under pressure as the media and human rights defenders. Both are facing harassment, incarceration and even being killed in countries across the region. However, in most instances the two do not manage to overcome their differences [ Read more ]