India

[Joint Statement] India: Joint statement In Response to the EU-India human rights dialogue – calling on the EU to address reprisals against human rights defenders in India
26 July 2022 3:53 pm

The joint European Union (EU)-India press release, which provides a summary of the topics  discussed during the 10th EU-India human rights dialogue which took place on 15 July 2022 in New Delhi, fails to adequately address pressing issues of security and reprisals faced by human rights defenders in India, five human rights organizations said today. [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Condemn arrest and judicial harassment of human rights defender Teesta Setalvad
15 July 2022 3:05 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 15 July 2022) – ‘The arrest and judicial harassment of human rights defender Teesta Setalvad is a clear reprisal for seeking justice and accountability for 2002 Gujarat riots,’ said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and 5 of its member organisations in India. Teesta Setalvad is an outspoken journalist and the [ Read more ]

[HRC50 Joint Oral Statement] Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
1 July 2022 10:56 am

 50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association   Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation and World Organisation Against [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Joint statement on the deteriorating health of G. N. Saibaba in Nagpur Central Jail
21 June 2022 2:14 pm

Seven human rights organizations expressed concerns about the deteriorating health of activist and Delhi University professor Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba in Nagpur Central Jail, Maharashtra State, and called on the Indian authorities to provide urgent access to health care. G.N. Saibaba was initially arrested in 2014 and accused of links to banned Maoist organisations. In March [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: End the systemic attack on Muslims
16 June 2022 5:45 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 16 June 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, and arbitrary demolition of properties of activists and protestors mainly belonging to the Muslim minority community in India. ‘The present crackdown against protestors in India is not just a violation of [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: Release Kashmiri Journalist Fahad Shah and Stop Silencing Journalists
1 June 2022 6:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 1 June 2022) — The arrest of prominent Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 and the Public Safety Act (PSA) 1978 highlights the growing crackdown on press freedom and is the latest blow to freedom of expression in Indian-Administered Kashmir. This is Shah’s fifth arrest under the draconian [ Read more ]

[Report] 2021: Fundamental Freedoms in South Asia
7 April 2022 2:18 pm

Civic space is under attack in South Asia. Across the region, increasingly authoritarian governments are relying on a wide range of repressive laws and other tactics to silence criticism, a trend that only intensified in 2021. While the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is the starkest example of this, almost all other countries saw alarming restrictions [ Read more ]

HRC49 Oral Statement on Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
31 March 2022 4:13 pm

49th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 21 March 2022   Mr. President, We draw the Council’s attention to the deteriorating human rights situations in [ Read more ]

HRC49 Oral Statement on Item 2: General Debate on the Oral Update by the High Commissioner
10 March 2022 4:46 pm

49th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on the Oral Update by the High Commissioner Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 8 March 2022 Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner, We remain concerned at the deepening human rights crisis in the [ Read more ]

[HRC49 Side Event] Defenders in Asia: Holding the line amid mounting challenges
2 March 2022 8:07 pm

Date: Tuesday, 8 March 2022 Time: 13:00 – 14:30 (CET, Geneva) / 19:00 – 20:30 (ICT, Bangkok) Register here: l.forum-asia.org/HRC48.HRD.Register Live via: Zoom, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube Human rights defenders (HRDs) play a key role in upholding and advancing human rights. In response to their bold and tireless work, HRDs become targets of harassment and attacks by [ Read more ]