Nepal: Release journalist Kanak Mani Dixit immediately
25 April 2016 4:08 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 April 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned by the arrest of Kanak Mani Dixit –journalist, human rights activist, and founder/editor of Himalmedia [1] – on 22 April. He was taken into custody from his office in Patan Dhoka, Kathmandu. The Commission for the Investigation of [ Read more ]

HRC31 Oral Statement – Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Nepal
17 March 2016 11:51 am

31stRegular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review Plenary on Nepal Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 16March 2016 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA appreciates that the Government of Nepal has fully accepted 152 out of the 195 [ Read more ]

South Asian Members of FORUM-ASIA Welcome Nepal’s New Constitution and Condemn Unofficial Blockade Imposed by India
6 November 2015 5:06 pm

(Kathmandu, 7 November 2015) – We, the undersigned human rights organisations from South Asia who gathered in Kathmandu on 5th of November 2015 to participate in the South Asian Members’ Meeting of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), welcome the new Constitution adopted by Nepal’s Constituent Assembly on 20th of September 2015. [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Statement on Blockade Imposed by India on Nepal
20 October 2015 6:45 pm

(Bangkok, 20 October 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about the unofficial blockade imposed by India on Nepal. The blockade follows the promulgation of a new constitution on 20 September 2015 despite India’s reservation on some issues internal to Nepal. “Constitution making is purely an internal affair [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]

Asian States Must Cooperate Fully with UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders
28 March 2014 9:25 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 28 March 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group, has expressed concern over the lack of cooperation of a number of Asian states with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in 2013. The regional human rights group said this following [ Read more ]

Nepal : Open Letter to Prime Minister on the Threats against HRD by the UCPN-M Affiliated Magazine
10 February 2012 11:27 am

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Nepal: WHRD IC condemns the harassment of Ms. Bimala Tamang and the National Alliance of WHRD Team.
2 February 2012 1:18 pm

26th January 2012 The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) is concerned about reports from our partners in Nepal – the National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) – regarding actions allegedly taken by the Government of Nepal to forcibly evict almost 8,000 persons living on the banks of the Bagmati River [ Read more ]

17th HRC Regular Session: UPR Plenary on Nepal
7 June 2011 8:35 am

17th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Nepal Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel Tuesday, 7 June 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA delivers this statement on behalf of the Nepal NGO Coalition for the UPR [ Read more ]

Nepal NGO Coalition Urges the Government to Take Proactive Leadership in Fulfilling Its Human Rights
26 January 2011 6:37 am

(25 January 2011, Geneva/Kathmandu) Today Nepal underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member States once every four years under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. During the three-hour session, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign [ Read more ]