The Philippines

The Philippines: Cooperate with the International Criminal Court on the process of preliminary examination into alleged crimes in drug war
9 February 2018 6:44 pm

(Bangkok, 9 February 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the move of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to proceed with the preliminary examination of complaints in relation to alleged crimes falling within its jurisdiction under the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines. It was confirmed by the Prosecutor of [ Read more ]

Grave Concern about Undermining of Press Freedom in the Philippines
16 January 2018 7:01 pm

(Bangkok, 16 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines to revoke the Certificate of Incorporation of Rappler, an independent online newspaper on 11 January 2018. While Rappler is still free to continue operating, as the decision [ Read more ]

Adilur Rahman Khan and Rosemarie Trajano win Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and Rule of Law 2017
6 December 2017 12:35 pm

At the Franco-German Council of Ministers in April 2016, Germany and France announced the launch of an annual international Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. In 2017 the prize is being awarded for the second time to committed human rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in [ Read more ]

Press Release – ASEAN: Be For the People, Work with the People
10 November 2017 9:44 pm

 ASEAN: Be For the People, Work With the People We are people’s organizations, social movements and NGOs of youth, children, women, workers, older people, indigenous groups, persons with disabilities, LGBTIQ and other sectors, including academics from the ten (10) ASEAN countries plus East Timor. We have been engaging the ASEAN and its member states for twelve (12) years now. In conjunction [ Read more ]

The Philippines: 39 States Express Serious Concern over the Philippines’ Lack of Commitment to Human Rights
28 September 2017 4:58 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 28 September 2017) – Through a joint statement delivered by Iceland on Thursday, 39 States[1] said that the human rights situation in the Philippines continues to be of serious concern, particularly in light of the thousands of killings and impunity associated with the ‘war on drugs’. The States called on the Philippines “to cooperate [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on the Deteriorating Human Rights Situations in ASEAN Member States
26 September 2017 11:55 am

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: General Debate on the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 25 September 2017 Mr. President, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) emphasises on regional [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines
22 September 2017 5:07 pm

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines Oral Statement Delivered by Ellecer Carlos on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Friday, 22 September 2017 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA makes this statement in solidarity with the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) [ Read more ]

HRC36 Side Event: Human Rights in the Philippines
20 September 2017 4:00 pm

Date: Friday, 22 September 2017 Time: 13:30-14:30 Venue: Room XV, Palais des Nations, Geneva The Philippines underwent its third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in May 2017. Notably, over 45 states expressed their concerns on the Government’s so-called ‘war on drugs’, particularly on the thousands of cases extrajudicial killings that have been recorded. These concerns were [ Read more ]

ANNI Open Letter concerning the vote of the House of Representatives on the 2018 Budget for the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
13 September 2017 5:45 pm

H.E. Aquilino Pimentel III President of the Senate of the Philippines Senate of the Philippines Roxas Blvd. Pasay City Philippines   13 September 2017   Re: ANNI Open Letter concerning the vote of the House of Representatives on the 2018 Budget for the Commission on Human Rights   Your Excellency, With this letter, I would [ Read more ]

HRC36 Oral Statement on Human Rights Situations in Several Asian Countries
10:43 am

36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2 General Debate: Oral Update by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 12 September 2017 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the Oral Update by the UN [ Read more ]