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India: Drop all charges against Akhil Gogoi and provide him with medical treatment
6 March 2020 4:49 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 March 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) expresses concern about the deteriorating health of Assamese human rights defender, Akhil Gogoi, who is currently being detained in Guwahati Central Jail in Assam. Gogoi was arrested on 12 December 2019, while protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the [ Read more ]

[Joint statement] India: International Community must condemn crimes against those protesting peacefully against discriminatory law
3 March 2020 5:45 pm

2 March, 2020 Joint statement by Amnesty International India, CIVCUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, FORUM-ASIA and FIDH INDIA: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST CONDEMN CRIMES AGAINST THOSE PROTESTING PEACEFULLY AGAINST DISCRIMINATORY LAW As the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva to discuss human rights developments globally, we urge states to speak up against serious human [ Read more ]

HRC 43 Oral Statement on Item 2: General Debate on Reports and Updates of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
28 February 2020 5:46 pm

43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on Reports and Updates of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Friday, 28 February 2020 Madam President, we share the High Commissioner’s concerns about [ Read more ]

HRC 43 Side Event: India – The constitutional and civic space crisis
27 February 2020 10:35 am

Date: Monday, 2 March 2020 Time: 14.00 – 15.00 (Geneva Time) Venue: Room VII, Palais des Nations Panellists:  Gayatri Khandhadai, Association of Progressive Communications Sharib Ali, The Quill Foundation Sehla Ashai, Kashmir Law and Justice Project Joseph Benedict, CIVICUS * This event will be livestreamed on the @CIVICUS Facebook Page

India: Put an end to all forms of violence and allow peaceful protests across the country  
26 February 2020 3:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 February 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the riots that have taken place in Delhi in recent days. It also condemns the failure of the Governments, both state and union, and particularly of the Delhi Police, to control the violence and maintain law and order. Riots [ Read more ]

India: State must denounce and investigate the violence in the Jawaharlal Nehru University
7 January 2020 5:23 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 January 2020) ‐ The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) unequivocally condemns the recent mob attack at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in New Delhi, India. On Sunday, a mob, wearing masks, roamed around the campus attacking students and teachers with iron rods, sledgehammers and stones. Reportedly some 34 people were injured, [ Read more ]

India: Credible investigation must be ensured for police crackdown on protestors
17 December 2019 4:13 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 17 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) unequivocally condemns the irresponsible and unprofessional conduct of the Delhi Police and the Union Government in orchestrating violent attacks against protesting students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University on 15 December 2019. FORUM-ASIA believes these were deliberate attempts [ Read more ]

INDIA: Report on human rights defenders and Erstwhile Enclave Dwellers Released in Kolkata by FORUM-ASIA and MASUM
11 December 2019 6:29 pm

INDIA: Report on human rights defenders and Erstwhile Enclave Dwellers Released in Kolkata by FORUM-ASIA and MASUM (Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kolkata, 11 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) are pleased to announce the launch of two publications in commemoration of International Human Rights Day— [ Read more ]

Report on the Ongoing Harassment and Threats to Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India
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This report is based on the findings of a Fact Finding mission conducted by MASUM in association with Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA) and FORUM-ASIA. The mission was organised on 1–3 November 2016 and members of the mission were senior jurists and eminent personalities comprising Justice (retd.) H. Suresh, Former Director General of Police, K. [ Read more ]

Report: Erstwhile Enclaves in India: A Post-LBA Aanalysis
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Foreword For several years, MASUM has worked to monitor the living conditions of enclave dwellers. In 2013, MASUM conducted a survey to study the conditions of enclaves on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh border. In these findings, we have seen evidence of gross negligence and apathy of the Governments of India and Bangladesh towards the [ Read more ]