India

Immediately Withdraw the Fabricated Charges against Human Rights Defenders in West Bengal
11 February 2019 11:40 am

(8 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Front Line Defenders (FLD), strongly condemn the repeated harassment and attacks on the human rights defenders working with Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) by the Border Security Force personnel of India. Our organisations, call on the authorities to immediately withdraw the fabricated [ Read more ]

India: Ensure security for women human rights defenders in West Bengal
30 January 2019 2:36 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 January 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the threat, intimidation and verbal abuse of women human rights defender Shila Bewa, 28 years old. Shila is an active member of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of FORUM-ASIA, which works on human rights issues [ Read more ]

India: Ensure security for journalists in Jammu and Kashmir
24 January 2019 4:07 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 24 January 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the assault on photojournalists, who were covering an ongoing encounter in Shopian district, on 22 January 2019, which resulted in four journalists being injured. Among those injured were Hindustan Times photojournalist, Waseem Andrabi, Rising Kashmir‘s Nisar ul [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – West Bengal Government snatched lands from erstwhile enclave dwellers
3 January 2019 2:26 pm

West Bengal Government snatched lands from erstwhile enclave dwellers Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) strongly protest the hasty and capricious initiative of West Bengal Government to distribute lands among its actual owner at erstwhile Bangladeshi enclaves included within Indian territory on 31st July of 2015 through execution of Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh. [ Read more ]

India: Release Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem and stop repeated crackdown on dissent and democratic space
26 December 2018 6:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 December 2018) – Kishorechandra Wangkhem, a journalist from Manipur was sentenced to one year in prison for posting a video on social media criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led Government. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the unlawful sentencing of Wangkhem under the preventive detention clauses treating the journalist as [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report of November 2018
5 December 2018 2:27 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), published its human rights and monthly activities report for the month of November 2018. This month’s report focuses on the following: Torture, Enforced Disappearance, Extra Judicial Killings and other flaws in Criminal Justice System Overall Marginalization of Erstwhile Enclaves Replies submitted to the National Human Rights [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA condemns the brutal attack on women human rights defenders Agnes Kharshiing and her associate
9 November 2018 4:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 9 November, 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over brutal attack on the well-known Right to Information and anti-corruption activist and the president of Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma on 8 November 2018.  They were on a field visit to [ Read more ]

From our member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report of October 2018
3 November 2018 12:25 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), published its human rights and monthly activities report for the month of October 2018. This month’s report focuses on the following: Enforced Disappearance Extra Judicial Killings Tortures by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the local police Illegal Restrictions, Erosion and Marginalization at Indo-Bangladesh bordering areas [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA denounces the rejection of the bail plea of human rights defenders
30 October 2018 10:53 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Right and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the rejection of bail plea from human rights defenders Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves. The Pune Sessions Court rejected the plea on 26 October. FORUM-ASIA believes that the rejection is an unreasoned reaction merely based on the accusation [ Read more ]

‘The struggle for human rights and justice of the oppressed is never easy. But if we are smart and strategic, it is possible to bring about the change.’ – Interview with Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert
10 October 2018 10:38 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director of Human Rights Alert, a member of FORUM-ASIA in India. As a human rights activist from Manipur, Babloo shared with us the struggle of the Manipur people, the discrimination and violence they have faced, and the way how local civil society organisations challenged the unjust [ Read more ]