Burma/Myanmar

Myanmar: Government fails to protect Press Freedom
3 September 2018 5:59 pm

(Bangkok, 3 September 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the verdict of the Insein Court in Yangon today that sentenced two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – for breaching section 3(1)(c) of the 1923 Official Secrets Act. The pair were arrested on 12 December [ Read more ]

UN must act urgently on recommendations by the International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar
27 August 2018 4:21 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 27 August 2018) – Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice, Equality Myanmar, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, and Rohingya Women’s Welfare Society welcome the findings of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar (IIFFMM) as a major turning point in international efforts towards justice and accountability in Myanmar. The findings [ Read more ]

Myanmar: International efforts for accountability should not be weakened by the new domestic Independent Commission of Enquiry
3 August 2018 6:41 pm

(Bangkok, 3 August 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with Equality Myanmar and Progressive Voice, expresses grave concern over the independence of the newly established four-member Independent Commission of Enquiry. The only available information on the mandate of the body is a press release by the Myanmar President Office [ Read more ]

‘Human rights have no boundaries of age’ – Interview with Aung Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar
3:26 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to U Aung Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar, a member of FORUM-ASIA. U Myo lived in exile since after the uprising in 1988, but returned to Myanmar in 2012. He is a well-known human rights activist, and has been supporting the democratic movement in Myanmar for much [ Read more ]

HRC38: Oral Statement on the human rights situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar
5 July 2018 3:43 pm

 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s Oral Update on Myanmar Oral Statement Delivered by Razia Sultana on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 04 July 2018 Mr. President, we welcome the High Commissioner’s update. I am a Rohingya lawyer. [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: The UN Must Establish a Mechanism towards Accountability for Gross and Systematic Human Rights Violations in Myanmar
28 June 2018 7:11 pm

28 June 2018 Yesterday at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee, proposed an international mechanism towards accountability that provides support for victims; investigates and documents violations, and prepares evidence for future criminal prosecution. The Special Rapporteur also [ Read more ]

HRC38: Oral Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
27 June 2018 6:05 pm

 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Oral Statement Delivered by Khin Ohmar on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 27 June, 2018   Mr. President, we welcome the Special Rapporteur’s update. [ Read more ]

HRC38 Side Event: Human Rights in Myanmar
10:37 am

  Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 Time: 15.30 – 16.30 Venue: Room XXIV, Palais des Nations Speakers: UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Human Rights Defenders from Myanmar Moderator: R. Iniyan Illango, FORUM-ASIA

Open Letter to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission regarding the right to citizenship and the inclusion of Rohingya refugees in the repatriation process
20 June 2018 5:46 pm

June 20, 2018 Honorable Chairperson U Win Mra Myanmar National Human Rights Commission 27, Pyay Road Hlaing Township, Yangon Republic of the Union of Myanmar chmyanmarnhrc@gmail.com Open Letter to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission regarding the right to citizenship and the inclusion of Rohingya refugees in the repatriation process Dear Honorable U Win Mra, [ Read more ]

Fact-finding Report on Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
2:51 pm

  In the face of a new wave of violence that included genocidal killings by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine (formerly Arakan) State since 24 August 2017, some 671,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from their villages and townships as of April 2018. They are now living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, together with [ Read more ]