[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Failure to meet with all parties neglects ASEAN’s own five-point consensus
7 June 2021 5:35 pm

(7 June 2021, Jakarta) ‒ ASEAN’s continuous engagement with the brutal and illegitimate Myanmar military junta, while refusing to hold dialogues with the true representatives of the Myanmar people, is an affront to its own five-point consensus, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and ALTSEAN-Burma said today. The right groups, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Stop enabling Myanmar’s military junta, support global arms embargo
3 June 2021 3:13 pm

(3 June 2021, Bangkok) ‒ The nine ASEAN Member States that seek to block a UN General Assembly draft resolution calling for a global arms embargo on Myanmar’s military junta are betraying the regional bloc’s commitment to the cessation of violence in Myanmar, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Progressive Voice and [ Read more ]

ASEAN: Implement Five-Point Consensus without further delay; allow meaningful civil society participation
24 May 2021 10:56 am

(Jakarta, 24 May 2021) ‒ The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has yet to make meaningful progress towards implementing the ASEAN five-point consensus since the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting exactly one month ago, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. Aiming to tackle the deteriorating socio-political crisis and to find a peaceful [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Global civil society statement on Myanmar
5 May 2021 5:45 pm

We, the undersigned organizations, call on the United Nations Security Council to urgently impose a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar to help prevent further violations of human rights against peaceful protesters and others opposing military rule. In recent weeks, Myanmar security forces have killed hundreds of people, including dozens of children, merely for exercising [ Read more ]

Open Letter on Myanmar to ASEAN and ASEAN Dialogue Partners
4 May 2021 4:28 pm

To: ASEAN Leaders H.E. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Prime Minister of Brunei H.E Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia H.E Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos H.E Tan Sri Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia H.E Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines H.E Lee [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Leaders’ Meeting fails ASEAN peoples’ aspiration for human rights and democracy
30 April 2021 1:27 pm

(Bangkok, 30 April 2021) – ‘ASEAN has failed to recognise the peoples’ desire for a meaningful political solution to the Myanmar crisis during its Leaders’ Meeting,’ said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), along with its member organisations from Indonesia and Myanmar in a joint statement today. The rights groups derided the [ Read more ]

Call to Action: #SolidarityForMyanmar
29 April 2021 4:00 am

On 1 February 2021 the Myanmar military seized power in a coup, overthrowing the democratically-elected government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD). The coup has been met with nationwide peaceful protests and civil disobedience movements demanding the restoration of the elected civilian government, release of all those who are arbitrarily detained following the [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] FORUM-ASIA’s response to today’s ASEAN Summit on Myanmar: Failure in addressing the Myanmar crisis is a failure to uphold human rights and democracy in the region
24 April 2021 5:50 pm

In response to the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar held today, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: ASEAN’s failure to address the crisis in Myanmar is a failure to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights in the region. Turning what was set to be a Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar into an [ Read more ]

Press Conference: Analysis of the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar and its impact on human rights and democracy
23 April 2021 6:39 pm

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021 Time: 10 – 11 AM (GMT +7) Platform: Zoom, Facebook Live, Twitter Live Registration: ASEAN will have held its Special Summit on Myanmar on 24 April 2021, in hopes that the worsening situation in Myanmar will finally be put to an end. But with Myanmar’s military head Min Aung Hlaing [ Read more ]

Brief: One Vision, Different Responses: An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations
22 April 2021 1:00 pm

Since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, military forces have arbitrarily arrested, charged or sentenced at least 3,331 people and killed at least 739 others, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.1 The military is now increasingly repressing independent media through raids, filing lawsuits against reporters, and [ Read more ]