India

[Joint Statement] India: India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law – End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups
19 January 2022 10:54 am

(Geneva, January 18, 2021) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, ten human rights groups said today. The government should stop using the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and other abusive laws to silence civil society in India. The groups are Amnesty [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: End judicial harassment and reprisal against People’s Watch
12 January 2022 10:50 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 11 January 2022) ‒ The Central Bureau of Investigation’s registration of a case against human rights organisation People’s Watch under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act highlights the worsening situation of shrinking civic space in India, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. On 8 January, a team of nearly ten officers [ Read more ]

[Report] 2020 ANNI Report on the Performance of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
9 December 2021 1:05 pm

The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) launched the ANNI Report 2020 on the Performance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), that critically assesses the performance of NHRIs against the Paris Principles in 2020. The Paris Principles are the minimum international standards for ensuring independent, effective, and credible NHRIs for the promotion [ Read more ]

India: Release Khurram Parvez and end reprisals against human rights defenders
24 November 2021 10:44 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 23 November 2021) ‒ The arrest of prominent human rights defender Khurram Parvez by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sedition charges highlights an alarming trend of harassment against defenders, particularly those in Kashmir, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). In the [ Read more ]

[Report] Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum
5 October 2021 1:10 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present its new publication, “Summary Report: 9th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum”, an abridgement from an event that facilitates human rights defenders (HRDs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) to discuss work and advocacy efforts, and share the experiences and challenges they face. From 2019 to date, the situation of defenders [ Read more ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 5: Interactive dialogue on the Secretary General’s report on alleged reprisals against those who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms
29 September 2021 7:59 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: Interactive dialogue on the Secretary General’s report on alleged reprisals against those who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms  Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 29 September [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Death of detained Kashmiri leader triggers serious human rights violations
10 September 2021 2:35 pm

Bangkok, Geneva, Paris, 10 September 2021: FIDH, FORUM-ASIA, and OMCT condemn the serious human rights violations committed by Indian government authorities in Kashmir following the death of Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on 1 September 2021. The three organizations also condemn the imposition of restrictions that are inconsistent with the country’s international human rights [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: End human rights violations in Kashmir and restore the constitutional special status of Jammu & Kashmir
6 August 2021 12:11 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 August 2021) – The abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and limiting the statehood of Jammu & Kashmir into centrally administered territories two years ago has further deteriorated the human rights situation in Kashmir, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in a statement today. In 2019, the [ Read more ]

From Our Member Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), India – Online talk session by different dignitaries of Human Rights field on various issues of torture
1 July 2021 4:49 am

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, MASUM, our member from India, was present on an online talk session by different dignitaries of human rights field on various issues of torture. You can see the event here.

[Statement] India: Appointment of new Chairperson and members undermines Human Rights Commission’s independence and credibility
11 June 2021 3:04 pm

(Bangkok, 11 June 2021) ‒ The new appointments to the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRCI), especially Justice Arun Kumar Mishra as the Chairperson, raises serious concerns on the independence and credibility of the country’s human rights body, said the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), an initiative by the Asian [ Read more ]