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From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh meet in Dhaka, and killings by Border Security Force at bordering areas with impunity
18 June 2019 5:18 pm

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India: Stop blatant abuse of power against media personnel and protect press freedom
12 June 2019 3:34 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 12 June 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of several media personnel, being: Prashant Kanojia, a freelance journalist; Ishika Singh, head of the private news channel Nation Live; and Anuj Shukla, an editor of Nation Live. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government to ensure their immediate [ Read more ]

India: Criminalise torture and end culture of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir
22 May 2019 3:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 May 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the inhumane and degrading use of torture by law enforcement agencies, and urges the Government of India and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to repeal the laws that fuel the torture and abuse of civilians, political activists, human rights [ Read more ]

India: One month since RS Mugilan disappearance, it is beyond high time for all measures to be taken to ensure his safety and well-being
15 March 2019 2:10 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 15 March 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over the disappearance of human rights defender Shanmugam Thanasamy, better known as RS Mugilan one month ago.  FORUM-ASIA strongly urges the authorities of both Tamil Nadu and of the central Government to immediately take all measures needed to [ Read more ]

HRC 40 Side Event: Ratifying UNCAT – Challenges and Opportunities for India
10:52 am

Date: Monday, 18 March 2019 Time: 15.00 – 16.00 (Geneva Time) Venue: Room XXV, Palais des Nations Panellists:  Maja Daruwala, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives (CHRI), (remotely) Henri Tiphagne, Human Rights Defenders’ Alert – India (HRDA) Sharib Ali – The Quill Foundation Gerald Staberock – World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Moderator : Nicole Buerli (OMCT)

Statement on Peace and Human Rights in South Asia
5 March 2019 8:04 pm

Civil society organisations from across South Asia, see full list of signatories below, are deeply concerned about the recent tensions between Pakistan and India. We call up on the Governments of the two countries to take immediate steps to further de-escalate the tension, to create an enabling environment for peace dialogue, and to protect human [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA deeply concerned about current tensions between Pakistan and India
27 February 2019 5:55 pm

(Bangkok, 27 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the rapid escalation of the tension between Pakistan and India, and urges both Governments to show restraint and caution to assure recent incidents do not accelerate into a full-out confrontation. No one benefits from renewed violent conflict [ Read more ]

Immediately Withdraw the Fabricated Charges against Human Rights Defenders in West Bengal
11 February 2019 11:40 am

(8 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Front Line Defenders (FLD), strongly condemn the repeated harassment and attacks on the human rights defenders working with Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) by the Border Security Force personnel of India. Our organisations, call on the authorities to immediately withdraw the fabricated [ Read more ]

India: Ensure security for women human rights defenders in West Bengal
30 January 2019 2:36 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 January 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the threat, intimidation and verbal abuse of women human rights defender Shila Bewa, 28 years old. Shila is an active member of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of FORUM-ASIA, which works on human rights issues [ Read more ]

India: Ensure security for journalists in Jammu and Kashmir
24 January 2019 4:07 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 24 January 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the assault on photojournalists, who were covering an ongoing encounter in Shopian district, on 22 January 2019, which resulted in four journalists being injured. Among those injured were Hindustan Times photojournalist, Waseem Andrabi, Rising Kashmir‘s Nisar ul [ Read more ]