HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report (May 2017)
6 June 2017 4:19 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Surakksha Mancha (MASUM) published its monthly human rights report for May 2017. In May 2017, MASUM conducted 8 regular fact finding missions and made complaints before the relevant authorities and human rights institutions. During the month, 2 updates and 6 replies have been made to National Human Rights Commission. [ Read more ]

From our Member SICHREM, India – Human Rights Mobile Clinic on 10 May 2017 at R.S. Palya slum
12 May 2017 3:27 pm

12 May 2017: SICHREM organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at R.S. Palya Slum, Bangalore on 10 May 2017. There were about 20 participants and 15 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to Domestic Violence, Birth Certificate & Property issues. Adv. Eunice Mercy & Adv. Shashikala gave legal counseling to the [ Read more ]

India: Reverse the ban on social media in Kashmir
8 May 2017 12:06 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 8 May 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the recent ban on social media and instant messaging services, like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, along with nineteen other services by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.[1] This ban is said to continue for a period of [ Read more ]

From our Member PVCHR, India – #UPR3INDIA and PVCHR
7 May 2017 3:27 pm

7 May 2017: PVCHR submitted its reports in UPR third cycle as individual and part of joint submission of 1 & 34. PVCHR urged India to immediately implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women following her 2013 mission. PVCHR, JS11 and JS1 reported on the alleged widespread use of torture.130 AI [ Read more ]

India: Release activists from police custody and investigate the use of force against protesters by police forces in Assam
5 May 2017 3:02 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 5 May 2017) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of human rights defenders Soneswar Narah and Pranab Doley of Jeepal Krishak Shramik Sangha (JKSS), a loose organisation of local farmers and community members. FORUM-ASIA deplores the brutal attack carried out by the police force of Assam on [ Read more ]

Panel Discussion – 3rd Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of India, 5 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
4 May 2017 4:52 pm

India will undergo its third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 04 May 2017. Civil society has been an integral part of this process with 72 stakeholders’ submissions, and the web cast of the proceedings will be viewed in more than 50 areas across the country. During the second cycle of the UPR, [ Read more ]

Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review – 27th Session of the UPR Working Group
27 March 2017 7:36 pm

Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), along with All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) have submitted a joint report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at 27th Session of UPR Working Group on India. For the PDF version of the report click [ Read more ]

HRC34 Oral Statement on deteriorating human rights situations in Asia
15 March 2017 11:33 am

34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by John Samuel On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA draws the Council’s attention to several deteriorating human rights [ Read more ]

HRC34 Side Event – Backsliding on Civic Space in Democracies
23 February 2017 6:31 pm

Date: 3 March 2017 Time: 13:00 – 14:00 Venue: Room XXI, Palais Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Across the world, well-established principles and standards fundamental to maintaining a safe and enabling environment for civil society are being questioned and threatened in mature and consolidated democracies. In both the global North and global South, governments with vibrant [ Read more ]