India

India: State must denounce and investigate the violence in the Jawaharlal Nehru University
7 January 2020 5:23 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 January 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the recent mob attack at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in New Delhi, India. On Sunday, a mob, wearing masks, roamed around the campus attacking students and teachers with iron rods, sledgehammers and stones. Reportedly some 34 people were injured, [ Read more ]

India: Credible investigation must be ensured for police crackdown on protestors
17 December 2019 4:13 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 17 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) unequivocally condemns the irresponsible and unprofessional conduct of the Delhi Police and the Union Government in orchestrating violent attacks against protesting students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University on 15 December 2019. FORUM-ASIA believes these were deliberate attempts [ Read more ]

INDIA: Report on human rights defenders and Erstwhile Enclave Dwellers Released in Kolkata by FORUM-ASIA and MASUM
11 December 2019 6:29 pm

INDIA: Report on human rights defenders and Erstwhile Enclave Dwellers Released in Kolkata by FORUM-ASIA and MASUM (Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kolkata, 11 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) are pleased to announce the launch of two publications in commemoration of International Human Rights Day— [ Read more ]

From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Report on the Ongoing Harassment and Threats to Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)
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This report is based on the findings of a Fact Finding mission conducted by MASUM in association with Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA) and FORUM-ASIA. The mission was organised on 1–3 November 2016 and members of the mission were senior jurists and eminent personalities comprising Justice (retd.) H. Suresh, Former Director General of Police, K. [ Read more ]

Report: Erstwhile Enclaves in India: A Post-LBA Aanalysis
6:17 pm

Foreword For several years, MASUM has worked to monitor the living conditions of enclave dwellers. In 2013, MASUM conducted a survey to study the conditions of enclaves on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh border. In these findings, we have seen evidence of gross negligence and apathy of the Governments of India and Bangladesh towards the [ Read more ]

India: End four months of Internet blockade and restore right to free expression in Jammu and Kashmir  
6 December 2019 5:56 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) deplores the continuous state-imposed Internet shut down in Jammu and Kashmir. The Internet shut down began on 5 August 2019, when Article 370 of Indian Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, and has now gone on [ Read more ]

From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Statement on deporting of 60 accused person to Bangladesh
26 November 2019 1:54 pm

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India: Demilitarise educational institutions in the state of Manipur
6 November 2019 1:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 6 November, 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member in Manipur, Human Rights Alert (HRA), are deeply concerned over the deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces and the Indian Army to Manipur, and the militarisation of educational institutions. The increased presence of the military in the already militarised [ Read more ]

India: Surveillance of activists and journalists using spyware is gross violation of human rights
4 November 2019 5:42 pm

(Kathmandu/ Bangkok, 4 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASA) is deeply concerned over reports that journalists and human rights activists have been spied up and surveilled through the use of highly sophisticated spyware, Pegasus.[1] Pegasus, developed by an Israel-based technology firm, NSO Group, can gain access to the camera, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay
4 October 2019 12:01 pm

  India: End communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir without further delay Kathmandu/Bangkok/Paris/Geneva, 4 October 2019: Today completes two months of the unprecedented communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) urge [ Read more ]