Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): A tragic loss for South Asia and the world
12 February 2018 12:47 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 12 February, 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of eminent human rights defender, lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir in Lahore, after she suffered a cardiac arrest on 11 February 2018. Asma Jahangir was known for her social activities in Pakistan and [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Ensure a fair trial for Junaid Hafeez
1 February 2018 6:38 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 1 February 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over the transferring of the case of Junaid Hafeez to yet another judge. Junaid, a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan, Pakistan, was arrested in March 2013 and was charged with allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook, a charge [ Read more ]

From Our Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan – Statement: Effective awareness raising and reporting processes way forward in curbing increase in child sexual abuse cases
16 January 2018 5:08 pm

12 January 2018 Effective awareness raising and reporting processes way forward in curbing increase in child sexual abuse cases The brutal rape and murder of a seven-year old girl in Kasur, consequent slack in the police’s investigation and ensuing violence against demonstrators seeking justice for the child is a deplorable situation for the state authorities [ Read more ]

From Our Member PODA, Pakistan – PODA Team Visits Chakwal as Election Observers
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11 January 2018 Team PODA worked as election observers on 9 January to watch Election Day voting process in by-election held in Chakwal. Punjab Provincial Assembly seat from constituency PP-20 had fallen vacant due to the death of a member. PODA’s 8-member observer team visited 36 polling stations in 12 Union Councils of the constituency [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Annual Human Rights Report 2017
15 January 2018 9:24 am

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its 2017 annual human rights report. Odhikar was formed in 1994 and it has been diligently working to protect and promote the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of the people since its inception. Odhikar, being an organisation of human rights defenders in Bangladesh, has always been consistent [ Read more ]

From Our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – 2017 Annual Report on ‘Internet Landscape Of Pakistan’
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FORUM-ASIA member Bytes for All, Pakistan published their annual report titled “Internet Landscape of Pakistan”. The report focuses on emerging threats like arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against Internet freedoms, rise of cyber armies, enforced disappearances of activists and abuse of cyber-crime laws. Internet Landscape of Pakistan is an indigenous effort to regularly monitor [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Statement: Pakistan in Dire Need of Enactment of Policies and Legislations for the Protection of Children
8:53 am

The National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace strongly condemns the rape and murder of a minor girl Zainab in Kasur that has resulted in anger and grief throughout the country. Pakistan, once again has failed to protect its children. As per international reports Pakistan is ranked as the 11th country with highest rate of child [ Read more ]

Join Statement: ‘Reverse NGO ban’, Pakistan told by international civil society groups
18 December 2017 11:16 am

(New Delhi, 16 December 2017) – Condemning the Government of Pakistan’s closure of over 20 international aid agencies “without any verifiable cause”, a group of international civil society organisations have described the decision as part of a growing and worrying trend of shrinking space for civil society and repression of human rights across South Asia. [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Government must ensure safe return of disappeared activist, Raza Khan
8 December 2017 7:47 pm

(Bangkok, 8 December 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development is greatly concerned about the disappearance of Raza Mahmood Khan, a peace activist from Lahore, who has been missing since 2 December 2017. This new incident cannot be seen in isolation from the outrageous number of disappearances and missing persons in the [ Read more ]

From Our Member, Bytes for All, Pakistan – Statement: Blocking information channels can never be a solution, it is always a problem!
26 November 2017 2:54 pm

Islamabad, November 25, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) is extremely concerned over the complete information blackout in the country and demands the government to immediately restore unfettered access to internet, social media platforms, media channels and mobile services, where network shutdown is being imposed. Earlier today, in an unprecedented censorship move, Pakistan Electronic Media [ Read more ]