Watch the video where Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Executive Director of FORUM-ASIA, expresses her and FORUM-ASIA’s wishes for 2021! Our New Year Wish is for all people everywhere to be able to enjoy their liberty and freedom protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!
Celebrating the end of 2020 and the end of our #FA4HumanRights campaigns for the Human Rights Month, FORUM-ASIA is glad to have released the ‘2020 Wrap-up video’ where our Programmes reveal more information about the work conducted over the past year and share some of our success stories in the promotion and protection of [ Read more ]
There have been more than 46 million cases, including more than 1.2 million deaths across the world[i] (up to 31 October 2020) since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020. The continued prevalence of this global health emergency worldwide has been an unprecedented occurrence in recent [ Read more ]
19 December 2020 Today marks one year since the Government of the Maldives arbitrarily shut down the longest serving human rights group in the country, the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) and arbitrarily confiscated all of its funds. Since then, the Government has not reversed any of its unconstitutional actions related to the dissolution of MDN. [ Read more ]
Human rights defenders continue fighting for rights amid mounting challenges (Bangkok, 9 December 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has put human rights defenders further at risks, especially in countries where they are vilified for carrying out their legitimate work, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said in conjunction with the International Human [ Read more ]
In response to Hong Kong’s sentencing of pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam yesterday, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director said: Hong Kong should immediately and unconditionally release pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam. The continuing judicial harassment against them constitutes an immense violation of their fundamental rights to [ Read more ]
23 November 2020 We, the undersigned 10 human rights organizations, call on the Myanmar authorities to immediately end criminal proceedings against student activists and other individuals charged in relation to recent peaceful protest activities. We call on the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release those detained for simply exercising their human rights. Authorities [ Read more ]
(Jakarta, 18 November 2020) ‒ The use of violence by police to disperse yesterday’s protest by the pro-democracy movement is unjustified, and fails to meet the international human rights standards Thailand has committed itself to, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), said in a statement today. Thai police, yesterday, dispersed pro-democracy movement [ Read more ]