Thailand

[Media Lines] Thailand: Revocation of bail for youth activist Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul’s highlights continuing harassment of human rights activists
24 November 2021 3:24 pm

On the revocation of bail for youth pro-democracy activist ‘Rung’ Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul by the Thailand Criminal Court on 22 November, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: The courts have an obligation to ensure the right to a fair trial for Rung and other human rights defenders, regardless of their political views. [ 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 ]

[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 ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters
30 August 2021 11:02 am

Thailand: End the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters (30 August 2021, Jakarta) ‒ Thailand should respect, protect and fulfil the right of its people to peaceful assembly and expression, and must immediately end the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) [ Read more ]

[Media lines] Thailand: Government must end violence and judicial harassment of protestors
9 August 2021 6:24 pm

Following the use of disproportionate force against protestors on 7 August, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: Despite its obligations under international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of assembly, the government of Thailand has continued to use disproportionate force against protestors by firing water [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Release arrested protestors; respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly
2 August 2021 6:01 pm

In response to police violence against peaceful protesters  on 1 August, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said As signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Thailand has an obligation to ensure the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by abstaining from violent means of dispersal and proactively facilitating assemblies. Reports of police using tear gas and rubber bullets against [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: NGO law would strike ‘severe blow’ to human rights
13 May 2021 5:44 pm

(Bangkok, 2 April 2021) The Thai authorities’ adoption of a draft law to regulate non-profit groups would strike a severe blow to human rights in Thailand, several international organizations said today. The bill is the latest effort by the Thai government to pass repressive legislation to muzzle civil society groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak
30 April 2021 6:59 pm

On the deteriorating health of Thai pro-democracy activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthi said: The Court must immediately grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, who are facing deteriorating health issues after 47 and 32 days of hunger strike, respectively. While [ Read more ]