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In Solidarity with Jolovan Wham
27 February 2019 5:23 pm

(Bangkok, 27 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) stands in solidarity with human rights defender Jolovan Wham, as he faces a sentence of sixteen days of imprisonment for violating the Public Order Act. His sentencing highlights Singapore’s tightening grip on civil society and its refusal to heed continuous calls [ Read more ]

Singapore: End Judicial Harassment of Jolovan Wham, Respect the Right to Freedom of Expression
7 January 2019 6:07 pm

(7 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the conviction of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham for violating the 2009 Public Order Act. The case against him highlights the Singaporean Government’s tightening grip on civil society. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Singaporean Government to end the judicial harassment [ Read more ]

Singapore: Drop All Charges against Jolovan Wham and John Tan Liang Joo
26 July 2018 3:03 pm

(26 July 2018, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member from Singapore, Think Centre, express concern over charges ordered by Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) of Singapore against social worker and human rights activist, Jolovan Wham. FORUM-ASIA and Think Centre call on the Government to drop all charges against [ Read more ]

Singapore: Human Rights Organisations Condemn Threat against Fundamental Freedoms
19 March 2018 1:54 pm

(Singapore/Bangkok, 19 March 2018) – Think Centre and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) express great concern over the proposed Bill No. 11/2018 on Public Order and Safety (Special Powers), as it puts restrictions on the people of Singapore to exercise their fundamental freedoms. We particularly condemn the inclusion of peaceful protests [ Read more ]

From Our Member Think Centre, Singapore – Civil society groups express concerns over breadth of Public Order Bill
14 March 2018 6:24 pm

Civil society groups AWARE, Function 8, HOME, Project X, Think Centre, and TWC2 have serious concerns about the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, which introduces wide-reaching police powers, including to potentially deploy lethal force and to stop communications, not just during terrorist attacks, but also during peaceful protests. The Bill goes far beyond [ Read more ]

Welcoming Singapore as Chair for ASEAN and AICHR
26 January 2018 1:41 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 26 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Singapore as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2018. During the 26th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Singapore on 24-26 January 2018, FORUM-ASIA reiterated its message to the Government of [ Read more ]

Singapore: End Judicial Harassment of Jolovan Wham
8 December 2017 6:08 pm

(8 December 2017, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the judicial harassment by Singaporean authorities of Jolovan Wham, a pro-democracy civil rights activist. The Attorney-General’s Chambers brought seven charges against Jolovan Wham at the district court level. Among others, he was accused of having violated the Public Order [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on the upcoming Elections in several Asian Countries
20 June 2017 12:33 pm

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 19 June 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA calls attention to the significance given to democracy as [ Read more ]

From our Member Think Centre, Singapore – Think Centre condemns impending execution of Muhammad Ridzuan Bin Md Ali
18 May 2017 4:29 pm

Singapore – Think Centre is greatly disturbed by the imminent execution of Muhammad Ridzuan Bin Md Ali scheduled for this Friday morning, 19 May 2017. We regret that the Cabinet of Singapore has once again failed to advise the sitting President to grant clemency. The last known clemency was granted 19 years ago in 1998 [ Read more ]

Local and International groups express solidarity for the families of executed prisoners in Singapore
26 November 2016 7:31 pm

26 November 2016 – We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the shameful execution of a Nigerian national, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, and a Malaysian national, Devendran a/l Supramaniam in Singapore on 18 November 2016, which runs counter to global trends towards abolition of capital punishment. Around the same time, at the 50th and 51st meeting of the [ Read more ]