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India: Ensure Press Freedom and Independence of Media
15 August 2018 2:54 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 15 August 2018) – The recent resignations of two senior journalists from ABP News, due to overt political pressure raises an alarming situation of the independence of media and press freedom in India. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the increasing threats and harassment of the Indian [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Statement: 3 years completion of Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh 2015
1 August 2018 11:27 am

Statement on 3 years completion LBA 2015 Still persona non grata 30.07.2018  The plight of enclave dwellers and the status of erstwhile enclaves in India is something that rarely catches the attention of the media and is therefore an issue that few know or understand.  Succeeding to Partition in 1947, a number of enclaves were [ Read more ]

From Our Member Human Rights Alert, India – Press Release: Supreme Court questions CBI director Alok Kumar Verma for lack of progress in EEVFAM case
31 July 2018 5:59 pm

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma was grilled by the Supreme Court for lack of progress in the investigations in the EEVFAM case, today afternoon at court no. 3. The Attorney General tried to justify the delay but did not cut much ice when the bench confronted him with the timeline, prepared [ Read more ]

India: Prosecute attackers and protect social activist Swami Agnivesh
19 July 2018 1:16 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 19 July 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is gravely concerned about the brutal attack on social activist, Swami Agnivesh by a mob on 17 July 2018 outside a hotel in Pakur, Jharkhand State, India. The 78-year-old Swami Agnivesh is a globally renowned civil society activist and human rights [ Read more ]

Open Letter to NHRC India – Raids and Arbitrary Arrests of activists and advocates in Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi by personnel of Maharashtra Police
29 June 2018 6:20 pm

Honourable Justice (Retd.) H.L Dattu Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Manav Adhikar Bhawan, Block-C, GPO Complex, INA, New Delhi – 110 023 Email: hrd-nhrc@nic.in   29 June 2018, Bangkok   RE: Raids and Arbitrary Arrests of activists and advocates in Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi by personnel of Maharashtra Police   Respected Honourable Chairperson, The [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Press Statement on International Day for Victims of Torture
28 June 2018 10:44 am

26 June 2018 Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) observed International Day for Victims of Torture at Kolkata Press Club. To commemorate the day MASUM organized a civil society and media interface from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM where renowned human rights protagonists; Dr. Binayak Sen and Ms. Miratun Nahar were speakers. The interface started with [ Read more ]

From Our Member People’s Watch, India – Press Release: Condemn the arrest of lawyer and human rights defender S. Vanchinathan
26 June 2018 4:02 pm

People’s Watch condemns the midnight arrest of Mr. S. Vanchinathan, Advocate, Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and State organizer of the Human Rights Protection Council as well as one of the Members of the Save MKU Movement at the Chennai airport as he was returning from Delhi after ensuring that the stay petition [ Read more ]

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
11:58 am

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 ]