Burma/Myanmar

Myanmar: Violence and Unlawful Charges against Anti-war Protesters Alarming for Myanmar’s Civic Space
14 May 2018 7:02 pm

(14 May 2018, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is concerned about the use of violence against the anti-war protesters in Yangon on 12 May, and urges the authorities to immediately drop all charges against the protesters, which are based on the newly amended controversial 2011 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Reuters journalists proved entrapped should be released immediately
25 April 2018 6:30 pm

(Bangkok, 25 April 2018) – Today saw another hearing in the case against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters reporters who have been imprisoned since 12 December last year. A Yangon Court was asked by the lawyer of the prosecution to consider Police Captain Moe Yan Naing a hostile witness,[1] after he [ Read more ]

ASEAN Member States should act against human rights violations in the region, particularly against the Rohingya
12:31 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 25 April 2018) – As leaders of ASEAN Member States meet to discuss international and regional issues at the ASEAN Summit from 25 – 28 April 2018 in Singapore, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) raises its concerns to the Heads of State of ASEAN about the continuously deteriorating human rights situation in [ Read more ]

Rohingya refugees must be included in the formulation and implementation of resettlement, rehabilitation and repatriation plans and processes
31 March 2018 1:58 pm

(Bangkok/Dhaka, 31 March 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members in Bangladesh, conducted a fact-finding mission into the situation of Rohingya refugees at Lambasia, Kutupalong, Balukhali and Thyingkhali makeshift camps of Cox’s Bazar on 24-28 March 2018. These camps house around 550,000 of the 695,000 Rohingya refugees [ Read more ]

Myanmar: The unlawful detention of Reuters journalists hindering the democratic transition of Myanmar
27 March 2018 10:46 pm

(Bangkok, 27 March 2018) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses grave concern over the continued detention of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar. The detention has reached its 106th day since 12 December 2017. They face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act that dates back to [ Read more ]

UN Human Rights Council resolution on Myanmar strengthens UN mechanisms on Myanmar, but stops short of going further
23 March 2018 10:02 pm

(Geneva, 23 March 2018) Today the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Myanmar with 35 states voting in favour 5 against and 10 abstaining in the 47 member body.[1] The resolution maintains and strengthens existing human rights mechanisms on Myanmar which is a positive development. However, despite the dire situation on the ground, [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Lower House should reject proposed amendments to Peaceful Assembly Law
21 March 2018 2:10 pm

(Bangkok, 21 March 2018) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, Equality Myanmar are gravely concerned by the approval of the proposed amendments to the 2011 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law by the House of Nationalities (Upper House) on 7 March 2018.[1] The amended bill has been sent to [ Read more ]

HRC37 Side Event: Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar
9 March 2018 2:24 pm

  Date: Monday, 12 March 2018 Time: 16.30 – 18.00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations Moderator: R. Iniyan Illango, FORUM-ASIA Speakers: Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Human Rights Defenders from Myanmar

Joint Press Release – Civil Society Groups Urge the EU to Take Stronger Steps in Response to the Rohingya Crisis
22 January 2018 4:53 pm

(Brussels, 22 January) – In a letter today to EU Foreign Ministers, 21 civil society organisations from inside and outside Myanmar call on the EU to take stronger steps to stand for the Rohingya. The Rohingya faced ethnic cleansing. In recent months, Myanmar’s authorities have prevented the UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Myanmar Must Prioritize Protection of Civilians in Rakhine State, Address the Roots of the Conflict
13 December 2017 3:47 pm

Myanmar Must Prioritize Protection of Civilians in Rakhine State, Address the Roots of the Conflict We, the undersigned civil society organisations, people’s organisations and individuals, affirm our belief in peoples’ right to self-identification, and the primacy of dialogue and a politically-negotiated settlement in transforming conflicts. We express our deep anguish and concern with the latest escalation [ Read more ]