Afghanistan

[HRC50 Oral Statement] Item 2: Interactive dialogue on the oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan (HRC res. 48/1)
23 June 2022 12:03 pm

50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive dialogue on the oral update of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan (HRC res. 48/1)   Delivered by Yalda Royan On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  15 June 2022   Mr. President, Madam [ Read more ]

[Statement] Afghanistan: UN Security Council Must Reinstate Travel Bans on the Taliban
20 June 2022 5:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 20 June 2022) — The United Nations Security Council must impose comprehensive targeted sanctions on the leadership and representatives of the Taliban, including the reinstatement of travel bans against Taliban leaders, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). ‘The Security Council has an opportunity to reinforce the ban on members and [ Read more ]

[HRC50 Open Letter] Call for Urgent Debate on women’s rights crisis in Afghanistan
2 June 2022 10:44 am

Open letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States to the UN Human Rights Council 1 June 2022 Re: Call for Urgent Debate on the women’s rights crisis in Afghanistan at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council Excellencies, We, the undersigned civil society organisations, urge you to call for and support [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] De facto regime of Taliban backtracks human rights by dissolving Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
26 May 2022 4:22 pm

(Bangkok, 26 May 2022) — The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights I­­nstitutions (ANNI) and Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) condemn the dissolution of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on 17 May by the De Facto Regime of Taliban. The dissolution demonstrates the Taliban’s continued disregard of the rule of [ Read more ]

[Report] 2021: Fundamental Freedoms in South Asia
7 April 2022 2:18 pm

Civic space is under attack in South Asia. Across the region, increasingly authoritarian governments are relying on a wide range of repressive laws and other tactics to silence criticism, a trend that only intensified in 2021. While the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is the starkest example of this, almost all other countries saw alarming restrictions [ Read more ]

[Event] Afghanistan Under a Taliban: Public Opinion and Future Democracy & Human Rights
5 November 2021 4:19 pm

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021 Time: 10.00 – 11.30 AM (GMT+7), 12.00 – 1.30 PM (GMT+9) Register here: l.forum-asia.org/AfghanSpecialSession Live via: Zoom Asia Democracy Network (ADN) and FORUM-ASIA have been closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan since the takeover of the government by the Taliban regime. In just over two months, the twenty years of effort to [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 2: General Debate on the High Commissioner’s oral updates on Sri Lanka and Afghanistan
14 September 2021 3:56 pm

 48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on the High Commissioner’s oral updates on Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 14 September 2021     Madam President, The situation in Sri Lanka has further deteriorated since [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Afghanistan’s human rights crisis urgently requires an independent investigative mechanism
9 September 2021 2:23 pm

We, the undersigned organisations, write to urge UN Member States to ensure the adoption of a robust resolution to establish a Fact-Finding Mission or similar independent investigative mechanism on Afghanistan as a matter of priority at the upcoming 48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). We express our profound regret at the [ Read more ]

[Statement] Afghanistan: Ensure years-long struggle and progress towards fundamental freedoms are not reversed
8 September 2021 6:55 pm

(Kathmandu, 8 September 2021) ‒ Afghans are braving Taliban-controlled streets to demand respect of their fundamental rights, despite rapidly deteriorating peace and stability in the country. Amid growing dissent and protests across Afghanistan, the Taliban announced its interim government, which included members of the Haqqani network, but excluded women and representatives from the toppled government.[1] [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA’s Position Statement on Afghanistan
31 August 2021 4:38 pm

FORUM-ASIA ’s Position Statement on Afghanistan Last updated: 31 August 2021 FORUM-ASIA stands in solidarity with all civilians of Afghanistan, especially, women, children, minorities as well as human rights defenders, journalists, civil society activists, academics, judges and lawyers and their families who are at heightened risk of violence, reprisals and persecution following the seizure of [ Read more ]