India

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 ]

HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report (May 2017)
6 June 2017 4:19 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Surakksha Mancha (MASUM) published its monthly human rights report for May 2017. In May 2017, MASUM conducted 8 regular fact finding missions and made complaints before the relevant authorities and human rights institutions. During the month, 2 updates and 6 replies have been made to National Human Rights Commission. [ Read more ]

From our Member SICHREM, India – Human Rights Mobile Clinic on 10 May 2017 at R.S. Palya slum
12 May 2017 3:27 pm

12 May 2017: SICHREM organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at R.S. Palya Slum, Bangalore on 10 May 2017. There were about 20 participants and 15 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to Domestic Violence, Birth Certificate & Property issues. Adv. Eunice Mercy & Adv. Shashikala gave legal counseling to the [ Read more ]

India: Reverse the ban on social media in Kashmir
8 May 2017 12:06 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 8 May 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the recent ban on social media and instant messaging services, like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, along with nineteen other services by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.[1] This ban is said to continue for a period of [ Read more ]

From our Member PVCHR, India – #UPR3INDIA and PVCHR
7 May 2017 3:27 pm

7 May 2017: PVCHR submitted its reports in UPR third cycle as individual and part of joint submission of 1 & 34. PVCHR urged India to immediately implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women following her 2013 mission. PVCHR, JS11 and JS1 reported on the alleged widespread use of torture.130 AI [ Read more ]

India: Release activists from police custody and investigate the use of force against protesters by police forces in Assam
5 May 2017 3:02 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 5 May 2017) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of human rights defenders Soneswar Narah and Pranab Doley of Jeepal Krishak Shramik Sangha (JKSS), a loose organisation of local farmers and community members. FORUM-ASIA deplores the brutal attack carried out by the police force of Assam on [ Read more ]