India

From Our Member MASUM, India – West Bengal Government snatched lands from erstwhile enclave dwellers
3 January 2019 2:26 pm

West Bengal Government snatched lands from erstwhile enclave dwellers Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) strongly protest the hasty and capricious initiative of West Bengal Government to distribute lands among its actual owner at erstwhile Bangladeshi enclaves included within Indian territory on 31st July of 2015 through execution of Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh. [ Read more ]

India: Release Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem and stop repeated crackdown on dissent and democratic space
26 December 2018 6:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 December 2018) – Kishorechandra Wangkhem, a journalist from Manipur was sentenced to one year in prison for posting a video on social media criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led Government. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the unlawful sentencing of Wangkhem under the preventive detention clauses treating the journalist as [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report of November 2018
5 December 2018 2:27 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), published its human rights and monthly activities report for the month of November 2018. This month’s report focuses on the following: Torture, Enforced Disappearance, Extra Judicial Killings and other flaws in Criminal Justice System Overall Marginalization of Erstwhile Enclaves Replies submitted to the National Human Rights [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA condemns the brutal attack on women human rights defenders Agnes Kharshiing and her associate
9 November 2018 4:55 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 9 November, 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over brutal attack on the well-known Right to Information and anti-corruption activist and the president of Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma on 8 November 2018.  They were on a field visit to [ Read more ]

From our member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report of October 2018
3 November 2018 12:25 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), published its human rights and monthly activities report for the month of October 2018. This month’s report focuses on the following: Enforced Disappearance Extra Judicial Killings Tortures by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the local police Illegal Restrictions, Erosion and Marginalization at Indo-Bangladesh bordering areas [ Read more ]

India: FORUM-ASIA denounces the rejection of the bail plea of human rights defenders
30 October 2018 10:53 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 30 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Right and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the rejection of bail plea from human rights defenders Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves. The Pune Sessions Court rejected the plea on 26 October. FORUM-ASIA believes that the rejection is an unreasoned reaction merely based on the accusation [ Read more ]

‘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 ]