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[Event] ACSC / APF 2021 Plenary Session: Failed Promises: A CSO Assessment on ASEAN’s Response to the Militarisation and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
13 October 2021 12:14 pm

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021 Time: 1.00 – 2.15 PM (GMT+7) Register here: l.forum-asia.org/ACSCAPF21 Live via: Zoom   This year’s ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum eclipses a challenging era for the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) as it deals with the spillover effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening crisis in Myanmar. Eight [ Read more ]

[Public Report] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia
1 October 2021 8:40 am

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of [ Read more ]

[Publication] Outcome Document from the Virtual Conference on ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’
30 September 2021 12:46 pm

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia. The health crisis has also catalysed the rise of authoritarianism, the over-securitisation of societies, and systemic efforts to suppress democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in the region. Hence, it is critical to activate, strengthen and protect spaces and mechanisms for civil society to defend human rights [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Laos: After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts
15 December 2020 4:54 pm

(AP Photo/Family Photo of Sombath Somphone) 15 December 2020: On the eighth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls on the government of Laos to reveal his fate and whereabouts, and to investigate all allegations of enforced disappearances in the country to bring [ Read more ]

HRC45 Joint Oral Statement for the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Lao PDR
2 October 2020 11:01 am

Human Rights Council 45th Session Joint Oral Statement for the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Lao PDR Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Manushya Foundation and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Delivered by Lisa Majumdar 28 September 2020 Thank you, Mr. Vice President. We note that the government of Lao PDR [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Civil society groups urge Laos, Thailand to investigate enforced disappearances, reveal fate of Sombath Somphone and Od Sayavong
16 December 2019 10:32 am

15 December 2019: On the seventh anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the Lao and Thai governments to investigate enforced disappearances, and demand Vientiane finally reveal Sombath’s whereabouts and ensure justice for him and his family. Considering the Lao police’s protracted failure to effectively [ Read more ]

[Case Study] Korean Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam Collapse in Laos
30 October 2019 12:16 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its second Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 27 October – 2 November 2018. Below is a case study written by one of the participants of the GALP in 2018. Information on the upcoming GALP, to be held in 2020, will be announced soon. Disclaimer: The [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Lao PDR must live up to international human rights obligations, civil society call ahead of UN review
6 August 2019 2:35 pm

5 August 2019, Bangkok – Manushya Foundation, CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on the Government of Lao PDR to remove all unwarranted restrictions on civic space in the country ahead of its human rights review to be held at the United Nations (UN) in January-February 2020. The review [ Read more ]

Panel Discussion – Sombath Somphone, 6 years On
9 December 2018 10:10 pm

Panel discussion – Sombath Somphone, 6 years on Disappeared in Laos but not forgotten in ASEAN 10:30am, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), Bangkok Friends of BACC room, 6th floor Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone disappeared on the evening of 15 December 2012, after being stopped at a police checkpoint [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter: Repeal Decree on Associations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
13 December 2017 11:04 am

H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Office, Vientiane Lao People’s Democratic Republic   H.E. Mr. Bounnhang Vorachith President President’s Office, Vientiane Lao People’s Democratic Republic   H.E. Mr. Xaysi Santivong Minister of Justice Ministry of Justice, Vientiane Lao People’s Democratic Republic   13 December 2017   Dear    H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, H.E. [ Read more ]