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Mission Report – Performance of National Human Rights Commission of India
19 July 2019 3:41 pm

In July 2018, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), initiated the process for greater engagement on the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRCI). The independence and effectiveness of the NHRCI is crucial. NHRCI is the national human rights institution (NHRI) to the second most populous country globally. Additionally, as one [ Read more ]

India: Human Rights Defenders from Murshidabad are at Risk of Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
26 June 2017 3:48 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 26 June 2017) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned about recent police hostility against human rights defenders in Murshidabad district, West Bengal. Human rights defenders from the respected human rights group Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) have been facing harassment and intimidation and are now at risk of [ Read more ]

From our Member SPARC, Pakistan – Certified Training on Child Rights Defenders
16 June 2017 6:16 pm

FORUM-ASIA member SPARC from Pakistan is organising a three-day training on child rights from 25 – 27 July 2017 in Islamabad. This training is designed to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the social activists and volunteers working for the promotion, protection and implementation of child rights. For more information, click here.

HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

From our Member Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka – The Politics of Criminal Justice Reforms in Times of Transitional Justice
9 June 2017 5:49 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Law & Society Trust published a report: The Politics of Criminal Justice Reforms in Times of Transitional Justice. This report seeks to place criminal justice reforms at the center of ongoing transitional justice debates and discussions in Sri Lanka.   It argues that it is dangerous to discuss criminal accountability and the special [ Read more ]

From our Member INSEC, Nepal – Decision of Case Withdrawal is Vilest Example of Impunity
19 May 2017 4:21 pm

We condemn the government decision of the ministry cabinet on 18 May to withdraw cases of five hundred people including those charged under criminal activities during Tharuhat/Madhes agitation. The cabinet meeting has decided to withdraw the serious cases accepting that of Tharuhat and Madhes agitation is political.  The government has decided to withdraw the case [ Read more ]

From our Member HRCP, Pakistan – Arbitrary Curbs on Expression Ruinous for Democracy and Society
4:07 pm

Lahore, 19 May: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced serious alarm over arbitrary curbs on freedom of expression, a climate of intimidation and the authorities’ stated intent to act against any perceived slight to the armed forces through the social media. In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP notes with [ Read more ]

From our Member SICHREM, India – Human Rights Mobile Clinic on 10 May 2017 at R.S. Palya slum
12 May 2017 3:27 pm

12 May 2017: SICHREM organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at R.S. Palya Slum, Bangalore on 10 May 2017. There were about 20 participants and 15 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to Domestic Violence, Birth Certificate & Property issues. Adv. Eunice Mercy & Adv. Shashikala gave legal counseling to the [ Read more ]

From our Member HRCP, Pakistan – HRCP lauds removal of 47 names from ATA’s 4th schedule in GB
11 May 2017 3:27 pm

Lahore, 11 May 2017 :The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the removal of 47 individuals’ names from a list under 4th Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act in Gilgit-Baltistan, and called for a fair hearing for those remaining on the list. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Commission said: “HRCP welcomes as [ Read more ]

Understanding Regional Human Rights Mechanisms & The Need For A South Asian Human Rights Mechanism
21 April 2017 6:46 pm

FORUM-ASIA, together with the Regional Initiative for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism (RISAHRM), is glad to present the new publication ‘Understanding Regional Human Rights Mechanisms & The Need For A South Asian Human Rights Mechanism’. RISAHRM is a collaborative platform of South Asian civil society and individuals committed to the cause of human rights [ Read more ]