17th HRC Regular Session: Updates on the UPR Process in India
10 June 2011 8:38 am

17th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – General Debate Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Centre for Human Rights, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Habitat International Coalition Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel Thursday, 9 June 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA [ Read more ]

Vague and Procedural Commitments: Asian States Failed to Make the UN Human Rights Council Elections Meaningful
23 May 2011 7:50 am

(20 May 2011, Geneva/Bangkok) – The United Nations General Assembly today elected 15 new member States to the Human Rights Council (Council), a 47-member intergovernmental body mandated to promote universal respect for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Seats to the Council are allotted by regional groupings, and today’s election saw the inclusion [ Read more ]

Asian NI Watch Issue No. 3
22 May 2011 11:18 pm

Asian NI Watch Issue Number 3

Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a WHRD from India, ordered by the Supreme Court of India not to communicate to the UN OHCHR
28 February 2011 2:46 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding the order by the Supreme Court of India banning Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a woman human rights defender (WHRD) from the state of Gujarat, India, from communicating to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Supreme Court of India [ Read more ]

Threats and Physical Assault Against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Woman Human Rights Defender from India
16 February 2011 9:00 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information on the brutal attack and threats by local money lenders against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Dalit widow and woman human rights defender from Bihar. FORUM-ASIA received information that Ms. Sunita Devi was threatened and physically assaulted by local money lenders in her community. It [ Read more ]

Human rights groups urge repeal of India emergency law to end protester’s 10-year hunger fast
11 November 2010 9:00 pm

AFSPA must be be repealed! The 10-year hunger strike must end now! We, the undersigned 108 human rights NGOs, human rights defenders, and women human rights defenders from all over the world, celebrate Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila’s unwavering courage for standing as a voice for thousands of voiceless people demanding to repeal the Armed Forced [ Read more ]

Repeal India’s AFSPA, End Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike now
31 October 2010 1:04 am

FORUM-ASIA is initiating an international petition against India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). This is in solidarity with the hunger strike of woman human rights defender Irom Sharmila in protest of the draconian law. The petition is also aimed to complement the initiatives of its members and partners in India. These activities are aimed [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Meena Gupta Committee from Korean civil society groups
17 September 2010 5:07 am

To:  The Chairperson, Meena Gupta Committee Greetings and peace from the People of Korea First, let me say that we appreciate your efforts regarding the Pohang Steel Company (POSCO)’s project launched in Orissa. Our civil society, including NGOs in South Korea, has been paying close attention to this project. We have noticed recently that the Saxena Committee’s report reveals [ Read more ]

INDIA – Make it a reality: abolition of torture by law!
30 June 2010 10:59 am

The Government of India has just got passed the Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 before the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) and is to introduce it in the Raja Sabha (Upper House) for its approval. On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) [ Read more ]

Human Rights Award goes to FORUM-ASIA member PVCHR director
24 June 2010 12:00 pm

The City Council decided at its yesterday ( 23.6. ) session, 16 to give human rights prize of the city of Weimar in 2010 , Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi of the Indians. Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi has been working 15 years for the rights and interests of the Dalits (members of the lower caste), primarily in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. [ Read more ]