Myanmar

Burma: We have waited and seen enough: ASEAN must support a Commission of Inquiry
14 July 2011 3:53 am

This briefing paper for the forthcoming ASEAN Ministerial Meeting explains the lack of progress since the election, in light of continued political repression, escalating armed conflict and ongoing human right violations. It calls on ASEAN to take immediate action to address these issues in its member country and set an example for the region. [from [ Read more ]

Open Letter to ASEAN: Support the creation of a UN Commission of Inquiry on Burma
3:51 am

On the eve of the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), FIDH, Altsean-Burma and FORUM-ASIA strongly call on your government to support the creation of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into ongoing international crimes in Burma, as recommended by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Mr Tomás Ojea Quintana. [ Read more ]

17th HRC Regular Session: UPR Plenary on Burma
8 June 2011 8:38 am

17th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Burma/Myanmar Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Oral Statement Delivered by Mr. Aung Myo Min Wednesday, 8 June 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA and its member organization HREIB make this statement on behalf of the [ Read more ]

Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights defender for highlighting rights of migrant workers
24 May 2011 12:33 am

[23 May 2011]  – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Human Rights Now express their great concern regarding the case of Mr. Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, activist and blogger. We were informed that Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn. Bhd., subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd., filed a [ Read more ]

UPR of Burma: Total Denial in the Face of Widespread and Systematic Human Rights Violations
27 January 2011 3:52 pm

(27 January 2011, Geneva) Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva examined Burma’s human rights record as part of its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Burma’s ruling military regime sent a large delegation to Geneva, led by Deputy Attorney General Dr. Tun Shin, who categorically denied state-orchestrated widespread, systematic and persistent human rights [ Read more ]

Burma’s Grave Human Rights Situation Stands Before the UN’s Review
25 January 2011 8:39 am

Representatives from the Burma Forum on the Universal Periodic Review (BF-UPR), a coalition of fourteen human rights and civil society organizations, are currently in Geneva to raise concerns over the grave human rights situation in Burma ahead of the country’s first Universal Periodic Review on 27 January. The Review comes at a time when Burma [ Read more ]

More Steps Needed for Genuine Democracy and Reconciliation in Burma
16 November 2010 11:12 am

[Bangkok, 16 November 2010] — The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) celebrates with the rest of the world the return to freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi, with the end of her house arrest on 13 November. Aung San Suu Kyi is an important symbol not only to the people of Burma, [ Read more ]

Sham Election in Burma Must be Rejected
10 November 2010 12:58 pm

[10 November 2010, Bangkok] – Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the statement of Vietnam, the current ASEAN Chair, welcoming the election in Burma as “a significant step forward in the implementation of the 7-point Roadmap for Democracy”. FORUM-ASIA believes that the credibility of Burma’s election has long been lost even before [ Read more ]

UN Special Rapporteur on Burma remarks on ASEAN’s 43rd anniversary
11 August 2010 12:00 pm

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar recently visited Jakarta on the occasion of ASEAN’s 43rd anniversary. In a speech he delivered at a meeting organized jointly by the by Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), South East Asia People’s Center (SEAPC) and FORUM-ASIA, he underlined the crucial role of ASEAN in [ Read more ]

BURMA – Burmese women speak up for peace to mark Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday
30 June 2010 11:11 am

Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday today. Burmese women in Thailand are making their voices heard for the sake of peace in Burma to mark democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday today. Suu [ Read more ]