India

India Must Respect Irom Sharmila’s 15 Years of Struggle and Release Her Immediately
1 November 2015 11:10 am

(Bangkok, 1 November 2015) – Today marks the completion of 15 years of the selfless and unparalleled protest of Irom Sharmila, 42 year old poet and human rights defender from Manipur, India. She has been on hunger strike since 2 November 2000, demanding the repeal of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) which [ Read more ]

Irom Sharmila’s 15-Year Long Hunger Strike: FORUM-ASIA Joining and Supporting Solidarity and Advocacy Activities
30 October 2015 6:32 pm

On Irom Sharmila’s 15th year of unparalleled protest, FORUM-ASIA will be attending and supporting a series of solidarity events and advocacy activities from 1 to 6 November 2015. Irom Sharmila, a 43 year old poet and human rights defender from Manipur, India, has been on hunger strike since 2 November 2000, protesting the killing of [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Statement on Blockade Imposed by India on Nepal
20 October 2015 6:45 pm

(Bangkok, 20 October 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about the unofficial blockade imposed by India on Nepal. The blockade follows the promulgation of a new constitution on 20 September 2015 despite India’s reservation on some issues internal to Nepal. “Constitution making is purely an internal affair [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]

WHRD-IC Condemns The Judicial Harassment of Teesta Setalvad
3 August 2015 11:06 am

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition calls on the Indian authorities to end the judicial harassment of Indian woman human rights defender, Teesta Setalvad. Teesta Setalvad is a journalist and founder of Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). Sabrang Trust works to promote conflict resolution and support peace building. CJP provides [ Read more ]

India: Provide Full Protection to Human Rights Defender Teesta Setalvad
24 July 2015 7:05 pm

(Bangkok, 24 July 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly urges the Government of India and the Indian judiciary to drop all charges against the social activist Teesta Setalvad and to provide her the full protection she has a right to under national and international law. Teesta, who is accused [ Read more ]

India: End the Harassment against Human Rights Defenders Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand
18 February 2015 3:24 pm

Update 19 February 2015: Interim stay on the arrest of activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand have been extended until the final judgment of their application for anticipatory bail by the Supreme Court of India. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) hopes that the court would grant them the relief [ Read more ]

India: End Criminalisation of Peaceful Protest and Repeal Outdated Law on “Attempt to Suicide”
28 January 2015 4:49 pm

(Bangkok/New Delhi, 28 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), deplored the re-arrest of Ms. Irom Sharmila Chanu on 24 January 2015 over the very same charges she had been cleared of by the local court and released hours prior. Such repeated aggression against a peaceful protestor is an affront [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA Welcomes the Release of Irom Sharmila
22 January 2015 6:38 pm

(Bangkok, 22 January 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the verdict of a Manipur court to release Irom Sharmila from judicial custody. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for over 14 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). The court has once again [ Read more ]

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises
12 June 2014 3:05 pm

Oral statement delivered by Mr. R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)   Thursday, 12 June 2014 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA appreciates the report of the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises (A/HRC/26/25) and we support the extension [ Read more ]