India

‘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 ]

India: Uphold the right to protest and immediately release the students and teachers of Manipur University
8 October 2018 2:16 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 8 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the suspension of ten professors, and the arbitrary arrest of six professors and 16 students protesting against the financial irregularities and administrative mismanagement in the Manipur University. They were arrested for charges such as ‘confinement,’ ‘attempt to murder,’ ‘kidnapping’ and ‘criminal [ Read more ]

From our member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report of September 2018
3 October 2018 3:33 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), published its human rights and monthly activities report for the month of September 2018. This month’s report focuses on the following: Enforced Disappearance Tortures by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the local police Illegal handcuffing and roping Illegal detention of Bengali women Violence against women [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the National Human Rights Commission of India concerning the raids and arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders across India
12 September 2018 5:03 pm

Honorable 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 12 September 2018 Re: Open Letter to the National Human Rights Commission of India concerning the raids and arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders across India Dear Honorable Chairperson, The Asian NGO Network [ Read more ]

India: Stop the crackdown on human rights defenders in India and release them immediately
30 August 2018 5:59 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 August 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA) is gravely shocked and concerned over the arbitrary arrests of several high-profile human rights defenders in a series of raids across India this week. They were arrested due to their alleged connection in the Bhima-Koregaon case on 1 January 2018, [ Read more ]

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 ]