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Maldives decision aimed at stifling democracy
17 October 2016 6:21 pm

Press Statement 16 October 2016, New Delhi A group of Human Rights organizations and activists from South Asia, expressing disappointment at the decision of the Maldives to leave the Commonwealth, says this could lead to greater authoritarianism in the island nation. We, the undersigned, regard the decision of the Maldives government to leave the Commonwealth [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement on National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
26 September 2016 11:14 am

33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow up to and implementation of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 26 September 2016   Mr. President, we note the two [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement on Intimidation against Human Rights Defenders Cooperating with the UN
23 September 2016 3:19 pm

33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Friday, 23 September 2016 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the Secretary-General’s report on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement on the Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention
20 September 2016 5:21 pm

33rd 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 Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 19 September 2016 Mr President, we draw the Council’s attention to deteriorating human rights [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Stop the harassment and intimidation of civil society and media
16 September 2016 10:44 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 16 September 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned by the recent police raid of the office of the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), a leading human rights organisation and member of FORUM-ASIA, as well as of the Maldives Independent, an English language media outlet in the country. [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Free Speech is not Defamation
5 September 2016 4:58 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 5 September 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the systemic onslaught of the freedoms of expression, assembly and association in the Maldives through tacit legal and administrative methods. FORUM-ASIA urges immediate corrective and affirmative measures to protect, respect and promote the culture of free expression as a democratic [ Read more ]

From Our Member Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives – Seminar on Parliament Accountability
5 May 2016 11:55 am

On 6 May 2016 the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) will be organising a seminar on parliament accountability and interactive meeting between MP Anara Naeem and her constituents, encouraging the voters to hold their MP accountable. The first of this series of workshops began in March, and a total of 10 workshops will be held with [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Arrest of Journalists Condemned; Protect Freedom of Press
4 April 2016 7:51 pm

(Bangkok, 4 April 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of 16 journalists in the Maldives on 3 April 2016. The arrests followed a violent crackdown on a peaceful demonstration against increasing restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression in the country. FORUM-ASIA calls [ Read more ]

HRC30 Oral Statement – Universal Periodic Review Plenary on the Maldives
25 September 2015 11:14 am

30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on the Maldives Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 24 September 2015 Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA makes this statement together with our member Maldivian Democracy Network [ Read more ]

HRC30 Side Event – Bloggers Under Attack in South Asia, 18 September 2015
17 September 2015 6:24 pm

Blogging in South Asia can be a dangerous enterprise. In the last year, 4 bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh, while a number of others have been targeted across the region in various ways simply for expressing their views online. Both state and non-state actors share responsibility for this climate of fear and intimidation. A [ Read more ]