Become a Member of FORUM-ASIA!
30 May 2018 12:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA Membership Announcement 

We are happy to announce that the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is open for membership applications from civil society organisations committed to human rights and sustainable development, working in countries of the Asian region. Deadline for applications for membership has been extended till 4 June 2018, midnight Bangkok Time.

FORUM-ASIA is the largest membership-based human rights and development organisation in Asia with a network of 58 members in 19 countries across the region. FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights for all, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond. FORUM-ASIA seeks to strengthen international solidarity in partnership with organisations and networks in the global South.

FORUM-ASIA was founded in 1991, and established its Secretariat in Bangkok in 1992. Since then, other offices have been opened in Geneva, Jakarta, and Kathmandu. FORUM-ASIA has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Status) and a consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

Eligibility for Membership

The membership of FORUM-ASIA is open to civil society organisations working in countries of the Asian region on human rights, democracy and sustainable development. Individuals are not eligible for the membership of FORUM-ASIA.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Have conducted at least two years of active work in the field of human rights, democracy and sustainable development at the sub-national or national level;
  • Being actively involved on social mobilisation, research and advocacy in a peaceful, accountable and transparent manner;
  • Ensured organisational integrity, gender-sensitivity and practiced core principles of human rights and secular approach in their own work;
  • Not involved in any form of violence, discrimination, exclusion or sectarianism or partisan approach;
  • Not affiliated to any governments or any political party.

Member organisations of FORUM-ASIA are expected to actively engage and work in a cordial manner with all members of FORUM-ASIA at the national and international level. Members are also expected to participate in FORUM-ASIA’s programmes, share periodic information with the Secretariat, and actively support the work of FORUM-ASIA.

The member organisations are also expected to support FORUM-ASIA mission and objectives, in accordance to the Strategic Vision 2020.

FORUM-ASIA encourages women led and youth lead civil society organisations and broader social movements committed to human rights, democracy and sustainable development to apply for membership.

Process of Membership

Civil society organisations interested in applying for the membership should fill and send the application form to, stating in the subject the name of the organisation. Together with the application form, they should attach programme and financial reports of minimum two years of work, proving that they have been operational for at least two years at the national level. FORUM-ASIA will acknowledge the receipt of the application form.

The Executive Committee of FORUM-ASIA and the Membership Development Sub-Committee, with due consultation with members and stakeholders in the respective countries, after considering the reports and records submitted, will present the list of new potential members to the 9th General Assembly of FORUM-ASIA, scheduled to be held in the last week of September 2018. FORUM-ASIA will update the organisations who have been shortlisted to be presented as potential members at the 9th General Assembly.

The General Assembly of FORUM-ASIA, meeting once in three years, is responsible for approving or rejecting the membership.

Please download the application form here: Membership Application Form

The applications will be presented to the Executive Committee, and approval of application is subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.