India

India: Ensure Fair Trial and Due Process of Law for Akhil Gogoi
10 October 2017 2:53 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 October, 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns arbitrary charges and ensuing judicial harassment of farmers’ rights and right-to-information activist Akhil Gogoi who is the President of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) – a peasant rights organisation based in Assam. On 12 September, 2017, Akhil addressed a [ Read more ]

India: Ensure justice for journalist Shantanu Bhowmik and safeguard freedom of the press
27 September 2017 5:34 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 27 September 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of 28-year-old journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on 21 September 2017. At the time of his murder, he was working for Din Raat, a local television channel in Tripura. He was covering a protest and roadblock by the Indigenous [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on the Adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcomes – India
22 September 2017 5:02 pm

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Adoption of the UPR Outcomes – India Oral Statement Delivered by Henri Tiphagne on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 21 September 2017 FORUM-ASIA and the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR), welcome the [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on Human Rights Situations in Several Asian Countries
13 September 2017 10:43 am

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2 General Debate: Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 12 September 2017 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the Oral Update by the UN [ Read more ]

India: Ensure justice for Gauri Lankesh and protect space for dissent as a democratic value
6 September 2017 5:56 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok: 6 September, 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the assassination of Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist, writer and human rights defender, in Bangalore on 5 September 2017. Lankesh, aged 55, was the editor of the weekly Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’. She was known for her stance against [ Read more ]

India: Protect the Right to Life and Stop Deportation of 40,000 Rohingyas
24 August 2017 12:17 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 24 August 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the position taken by the Government of India to deport 40,000 Rohingyas back to Burma/Myanmar. In the face of allegations of gross human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar, this decision is not only a serious violation of [ Read more ]

India: Release Valarmathi and Jayanti, and stop all forms harassment against them
11 August 2017 7:34 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 11 August 2017) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-Asia) strongly condemns the detention and police harassment of Valarmathi, a journalism and mass-communication student of the Periyar University, and Jayanthi, the mother of Valarmathi’s friend, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release. The two women were arrested in Salem, district of [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA condemns the arrest of Medha Patkar and the arbitrary detention of nine other activists
10 August 2017 4:31 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 10 August 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of Indian woman human rights defender Medha Patkar, who has been sent to jail yesterday evening after being discharged from the Bombay Hospital, and the current illegal detention of nine other activists at the Dhar District Hospital. [ Read more ]

From our Member, MASUM, India – Fact Finding Mission Report on Protests and Police Atrocities in Darjeeling
12 July 2017 11:16 am

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) released a preliminary report of the fact finding mission conducted in Darjeeling and adjoining areas in May and June 2017. The mission assessed the situation in the area of the Darjeeling hills after the Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and other organisations demanded for separate statehood. [ Read more ]

India: Human Rights Defenders from Murshidabad are at Risk of Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
26 June 2017 3:48 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 June 2017) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about recent police hostility against human rights defenders in Murshidabad district, West Bengal. Human rights defenders from the respected human rights group Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) have been facing harassment and intimidation and are now at risk of [ Read more ]