Indonesia: Passage of Ormas Bill Condemned, Campaign to Oppose the Law to Continue
4 July 2013 3:29 pm

(Bangkok, 4 July 2013): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) deplored the passage of the Bill on Societal Organizations (Ormas Bill), which it says does not comply with international human rights norms and standards. On 2 July 2013, lawmakers in Indonesia’s House of Representatives voted in favour of the passage of the [ Read more ]

Indonesia : Restrictive draft Ormas law must be rejected at upcoming Parliamentary sitting
10 May 2013 2:53 pm

Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR) Republic of Indonesia Gedung Nusantara III Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto Jakarta 10270 Indonesia Fax: (62) 21 571 5925, 21 573 4469 Dear Members of DPR, Re: Restrictive draft Ormas law must be rejected at upcoming Parliamentary sitting The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a Bangkok-based regional human rights [ Read more ]

21st HRC Regular Session – Oral Statement Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Indonesia
20 September 2012 11:46 am

Thank you, Madam President. FORUM-ASIA makes this statement in association with its member organisations in Indonesia: HRWG, Imparsial and KontraS.[1] We express our appreciation to the government of Indonesia for making available in advance their responses to the 36 pending recommendations (A/HRC/21/7/Add.1). While we welcome that in total 150 recommendations were accepted, we register our [ Read more ]

Joint letter to Indonesian President on enforced disappearance of the 13 political activists in 1997-98
30 August 2012 10:31 am

Your Excellency, In full support of the campaign of human rights defenders in Indonesia around International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we write to urge you to ensure justice for the 13 pro-democracy activists who were forcibly disappeared in 1997 and 1998: Sonny, Yani Afri, Ismail, Abdun Nasser, Dedi Hamdun, Noval Alkatiri, Wiji [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Second Universal Periodic Review (Side Event by FORUM-ASIA & HRWG)
24 May 2012 5:31 pm

Since Indonesia’s first Working Group session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2008, some positive developments have been recognized by civil society in the country, particularly the landmark ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as [ Read more ]

Open Letter to Indonesian Government as the Chair of ASEAN, on gross human rights violations in Burma/Myanmar
19 October 2011 9:38 pm

19 October 2011   His Excellency Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Indonesia Your Excellency, We, members of the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA, a network of Asian civil society organisations engaged intergovernmental processes at the sub-regional, regional and international level, working on various issues of public interest), [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Lenient Sentences on Killings of Ahmadiyah Perpetuate Impunity
3 August 2011 9:35 am

(3 August 2011, Bangkok) The lenient sentences of 12 men who were implicated in a brutal mob attack against members of the Ahmadiyah community in Banten, Indonesia will perpetuate impunity of crimes against religious minorities, warned the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights organization and its member, Imparsial.

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 ]

VP: ASEAN Governments Need to Involve Civil Society in ASEAN Integration
2 May 2011 9:00 pm

Vice President of Indonesia, Boediono, Tuesday (3 May) stated that governments of the ASEAN countries need ASEAN civil society groups as a connective “tongue of the people” to go to a solid integration of ASEAN in the political, economic and social culture. “To achieve it (ASEAN integration), ought we to continue to interact regularly with [ Read more ]

Ensure Freedom of Religion and Protect Religious Minorities in Indonesia
17 March 2011 6:13 am

(17 March 2011, Bangkok) A regional human rights organisation today condemned the terrorist attack apparently targeting on a leading liberal Islamic activist, Mr. Ulil Abshar Abdalla. The Bangkok-based Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) called on the Indonesian Government to take an immediate and impartial investigation behind the incident. FORUM-ASIA also urged the [ Read more ]