India: Second Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council: Government’s Unfulfilled Promises, Unmet Challenges
24 May 2012 3:38 pm

Press Release by the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) New Delhi, May 21, 2012 – India’s human rights record will be reviewed on May 24, 2012 in Geneva by the inter-governmental Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations (UN). The appraisal of India’s human rights situation will take [ Read more ]

India Must take Effective Measures to Protect Persons Using RTI Act
23 September 2011 2:56 pm

Preliminary Report of an International Fact Finding Mission to India on the Right to Information Act The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted an international fact finding mission to India on 16 to 22 September to examine the status of implementation of the Right to Information Act. This is a report of [ Read more ]

17th HRC Regular Session: Updates on the UPR Process in India
10 June 2011 8:38 am

17th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – General Debate Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Centre for Human Rights, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Habitat International Coalition Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel Thursday, 9 June 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA [ Read more ]

Vague and Procedural Commitments: Asian States Failed to Make the UN Human Rights Council Elections Meaningful
23 May 2011 7:50 am

(20 May 2011, Geneva/Bangkok) – The United Nations General Assembly today elected 15 new member States to the Human Rights Council (Council), a 47-member intergovernmental body mandated to promote universal respect for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Seats to the Council are allotted by regional groupings, and today’s election saw the inclusion [ Read more ]

Asian NI Watch Issue No. 3
22 May 2011 11:18 pm

Asian NI Watch Issue Number 3

Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a WHRD from India, ordered by the Supreme Court of India not to communicate to the UN OHCHR
28 February 2011 2:46 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding the order by the Supreme Court of India banning Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a woman human rights defender (WHRD) from the state of Gujarat, India, from communicating to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Supreme Court of India [ Read more ]

Threats and Physical Assault Against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Woman Human Rights Defender from India
16 February 2011 9:00 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information on the brutal attack and threats by local money lenders against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Dalit widow and woman human rights defender from Bihar. FORUM-ASIA received information that Ms. Sunita Devi was threatened and physically assaulted by local money lenders in her community. It [ Read more ]

Human rights groups urge repeal of India emergency law to end protester’s 10-year hunger fast
11 November 2010 9:00 pm

AFSPA must be be repealed! The 10-year hunger strike must end now! We, the undersigned 108 human rights NGOs, human rights defenders, and women human rights defenders from all over the world, celebrate Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila’s unwavering courage for standing as a voice for thousands of voiceless people demanding to repeal the Armed Forced [ Read more ]

Repeal India’s AFSPA, End Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike now
31 October 2010 1:04 am

FORUM-ASIA is initiating an international petition against India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). This is in solidarity with the hunger strike of woman human rights defender Irom Sharmila in protest of the draconian law. The petition is also aimed to complement the initiatives of its members and partners in India. These activities are aimed [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Meena Gupta Committee from Korean civil society groups
17 September 2010 5:07 am

To:  The Chairperson, Meena Gupta Committee Greetings and peace from the People of Korea First, let me say that we appreciate your efforts regarding the Pohang Steel Company (POSCO)’s project launched in Orissa. Our civil society, including NGOs in South Korea, has been paying close attention to this project. We have noticed recently that the Saxena Committee’s report reveals [ Read more ]