The Philippines

Philippines: Joint Open Letter calling on Presidential Candidates to publicly pledge to protect human rights, and ensure accountability and to end the violence against human rights defenders and Repeal the Anti-Terror Law and other Repressive Laws
22 April 2022 2:54 pm

As the Philippines prepare to vote in the presidential elections on 9 May 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), urge all presidential candidates to publicly commit to protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, create a safe and enabling environment [ Read more ]

HRC49 Joint Oral Statement on Item 10: General debate on technical assistance and capacity-building – General Debate
5 April 2022 3:44 pm

49th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General debate on technical assistance and capacity-building – General Debate    Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation  March 2022    Mr. President, The Joint Programme on human [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Philippines: Immediately repeal SIM Card Registration Act that undermines online freedoms
9 March 2022 4:59 pm

We are concerned about the grave risks that the SIM Card Registration Act poses to the rights to privacy, free expression and information, association and non-discrimination in the Philippines. We are further concerned about the discriminatory impact of the law on transgender and gender diverse individuals, in the absence of legal gender recognition in the [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines
24 November 2021 1:16 pm

Honourable Karim A. A. Khan QC Prosecutor The Office of the Prosecutor International Criminal Court Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK Den Haag, Netherlands 24 November 2021   ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines   To ICC Prosecutor Karim A. A. Khan We, human rights organisations working on [ Read more ]

[Condolence Note] The Passing of Jose Louis Martin Gascon
15 October 2021 10:28 am

(15 October 2021) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) express deep sorrow on the passing of Jose Louis Martin C. Gascon, or ‘Chito’, the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) on 9 October 2021.‘ “Chito Gascon [ Read more ]

[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 ]

HRC48 Oral Statement on Item 10: General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building
11 October 2021 9:57 am

48th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) 7 October 2021        Madam President, We welcome the High Commissioner’s update [ 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 ]

[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 ]