India

India: Ensure credible and prompt investigation into the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir
20 June 2018 4:13 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 20 June 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply anguished over the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the newspaper ‘Rising Kashmir‘, on 14 June outside his office in Central Srinagar. He, along with two of his bodyguards, was shot dead by unknown gunmen. Bukhari was a prominent [ Read more ]

HRC38: Oral Statement on Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir
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38thRegular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on the Oral Update of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by Joëlle Kleinon on behalf of World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Tuesday, 19 [ Read more ]

HRC38 Side Event: #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based Violence
19 June 2018 11:06 am

  #DalitWomenFight against Caste- – Based Violence UN HRC 38 SIDE-EVENT 21 st June 2018, 12-13.30 Room XXVII, Palais de Nations, Geneva   This side event will explore and discuss aggravated caste-based violence faced by women and girls in India, often with little recourse to justice. Dalit women activists will present witness accounts of the [ Read more ]

India: Free the five Dalit human rights defenders arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon clash in Maharastra
8 June 2018 7:24 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 8 June 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the arrest of five Dalit activists, Adv. Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Prof. Shoma Sena, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut, under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). FORUM-ASIA believes the charges were fabricated to undermine their legitimate human rights work, [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report (May 2018)
5 June 2018 11:31 am

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Surakksha Mancha (MASUM) published its monthly human rights report for May 2018. MASUM made 11 complaints before the relevant authorities and human rights institutions; especially National Human Rights Commission during the month of May 2018. During the period, seven replies and one update have been made to National Human [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Government of India concerning the possible appointment of Mr. Sharad Kumar as Member of National Human Rights Commission
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1 June 2018 Honorable President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi‐110 0004 Re: Open Letter to the Government of India concerning the possible appointment of Mr. Sharad Kumar as Member of National Human Rights Commission Dear Honourable President Ram Nath Kovind, As the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institution (ANNI), [ Read more ]

India: Open Letter to the National Human Rights Commission on continued arbitrary detention and harassment of Dalit rights activist, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravana
28 May 2018 11:28 am

25 May 2018 Hon’ble Chairperson, Shri Justice H L Dattu National Human Rights Commission, Block –C, GPO Complex, INA New Delhi- 110023 Respected Hon’ble Chairperson, Subject: Continued arbitrary detention and harassment of Dalit rights activist, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravana The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) appeals the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to [ Read more ]

India: Excessive use of force and targeted killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu is unacceptable
26 May 2018 9:01 am

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 26 May 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the targeted firing and excessive use of force by security personnel in Thoothukudi, also known as Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India on 22 May 2018. The incident led to the death of 13 and injuring of many more protesters. FORUM-ASIA is [ Read more ]

India: Protect photojournalist Masrat Zahra against online harassment and intimidation in Jammu and Kashmir
23 May 2018 12:51 pm

(Kathmandu, 23 May 2018) -The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the harassment, intimidation and threat against Masrat Zahra, a female photojournalist from Srinagar city, Jammu and Kashmir state. She has been subjected to online vilification after a photograph of her covering an operation by armed security personnel in Kachdoora, [ Read more ]

From Our Member People’s Watch, India – Press Release: Call for Order of Immediate Closure of Sterlite Copper Smelter Plants
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People’s Watch calls for the order of immediate closure of Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant No. 1 and for the stoppage of construction at the Copper Smelter Plant No.2, by the Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy. People’s Watch would like to highlight that the Chief Minister’s inaction during the 100 day protest and his gross negligence during [ Read more ]