Myanmar

Joint Statement to ASEAN Leaders: ASEAN must not consider the option of voluntary return without addressing the root causes of the displacement and entrenched discrimination of the Rohingya
11 November 2018 8:40 pm

(Bangkok, 12 November 2018) – In the event of the 33rd ASEAN Summit on 13-15 November 2018, we, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our concern on the initiative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), propelled by foreign ministers of Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, to visit Myanmar in the upcoming month with the intention [ Read more ]

HRC39 Oral Statement at the annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective
24 September 2018 9:55 am

Human Rights Council 39th session Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective (Gender integration and human rights investigations: strengthening a victim-centered approach) Speaker: Pooja Patel Thank you, Chair. ISHR and FORUM-ASIA stress the importance of ensuring gender-sensitive and gender-inclusive methodologies and the integration of a gender perspective by United Nations investigative teams. As [ Read more ]

United Nations Must Act Urgently to Bring Justice for Myanmar’s Atrocities
18 September 2018 10:34 pm

For Immediate Release United Nations Must Act Urgently to Bring Justice for Myanmar’s Atrocities (Geneva, 17 September 2018) – The United Nations and its member states must act urgently to investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes said Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and [ Read more ]

HRC39: Oral Statement on the situation of Rohingya and the need for an accountability mechanism in Myanmar
5:55 pm

39th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Oral Statement Delivered by Wai Wai Nu on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 Mr. President, I am a Rohingya human rights defender who has been [ Read more ]

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 ]