Thailand

[Joint Open Letter] Thailand: The Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations B.E…
27 December 2021 5:00 pm

27 December 2021 Cabinet Ministers of the Royal Thai Government Government House 1 Phitsanulok Road Dusit Bangkok Thailand Cc: Council of State All members of the National Assembly of Thailand National Human Rights Commission of Thailand Re: The Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations B.E… Dear Ministers We, the undersigned Thai and international [ Read more ]

[Report] 2020 ANNI Report on the Performance of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
9 December 2021 1:05 pm

The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) launched the ANNI Report 2020 on the Performance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), that critically assesses the performance of NHRIs against the Paris Principles in 2020. The Paris Principles are the minimum international standards for ensuring independent, effective, and credible NHRIs for the promotion [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Revocation of bail for youth activist Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul’s highlights continuing harassment of human rights activists
24 November 2021 3:24 pm

On the revocation of bail for youth pro-democracy activist ‘Rung’ Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul by the Thailand Criminal Court on 22 November, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: The courts have an obligation to ensure the right to a fair trial for Rung and other human rights defenders, regardless of their political views. [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Thailand: Protection of the Right to Defend Human Rights of Migrant Workers in Thailand
3 November 2021 12:33 am

Joint open letter to the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Minister of Labour in Thailand, the Minister of Interior in Thailand, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT), the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, the President of the National [ Read more ]

[Event] ACSC / APF 2021 Plenary Session: Failed Promises: A CSO Assessment on ASEAN’s Response to the Militarisation and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
13 October 2021 12:14 pm

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021 Time: 1.00 – 2.15 PM (GMT+7) Register here: l.forum-asia.org/ACSCAPF21 Live via: Zoom   This year’s ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum eclipses a challenging era for the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) as it deals with the spillover effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening crisis in Myanmar. Eight [ Read more ]

[Report] Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum
5 October 2021 1:10 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present its new publication, “Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum”, an abridgement from an event that facilitates human rights defenders (HRDs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) to discuss work and advocacy efforts, and share the experiences and challenges they face. From 2019 to date, the situation of defenders [ Read more ]

[Public Report] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia
1 October 2021 8:40 am

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of [ Read more ]

[Publication] Outcome Document from the Virtual Conference on ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’
30 September 2021 12:46 pm

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia. The health crisis has also catalysed the rise of authoritarianism, the over-securitisation of societies, and systemic efforts to suppress democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in the region. Hence, it is critical to activate, strengthen and protect spaces and mechanisms for civil society to defend human rights [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters
30 August 2021 11:02 am

Thailand: End the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters (30 August 2021, Jakarta) ‒ Thailand should respect, protect and fulfil the right of its people to peaceful assembly and expression, and must immediately end the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) [ Read more ]

[Media lines] Thailand: Government must end violence and judicial harassment of protestors
9 August 2021 6:24 pm

Following the use of disproportionate force against protestors on 7 August, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: Despite its obligations under international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of assembly, the government of Thailand has continued to use disproportionate force against protestors by firing water [ Read more ]