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 ]

BURMA – Sign online postcard to support the call for people’s elections!
15 June 2010 2:40 am

Since the overwhelming show of solidarity on the 27 May Global Day of Action, groups around the world have collected thousands of postcard ballots calling for  “People’s Elections” instead of the upcoming military “selection.” With our deadline quickly approaching, please take this opportunity to stand with the people of Burma and sign the online postcard [ Read more ]

BURMA – Denounce the sham elections and refuse its result!
2 June 2010 1:30 am

Ten alliances of Burma’s democracy and ethnic rights movement have launched the Global Campaign Against Burma’s 2010 Military Elections. It has been endorsed by over 160 organizations worldwide. The campaign calls on the international community to “denounce the military’s sham elections and call for real democratic change.” After almost five decades of military rule, the [ Read more ]

ASEAN must step up on human rights and Burma
16 April 2010 8:48 am

  This statement was issued by Burma Partnership on 4 April 2010: The ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) held its first meeting in Jakarta from 28 March to 1 April. Delegates discussed the Rules of Procedure (RoP), the guidelines according to which the body will operate, and the first 5-year work plan, both [ Read more ]